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This Day in Georgia History

May 14, 1830

George Pierce Doles Born

Confederate general George Pierce Doles was born in Milledgeville, Georgia, where he became a businessman and captain of Baldwin Blues militia unit. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Doles became a captain in the 4th Georgia, and a colonel by May 1861. He served in the battles of Malvern Hill (where he was wounded), South Mountain, and Sharpsburg. In Nov. 1862, Doles was promoted to brigadier general. Doles commanded his own brigade in D.H. Hill’s Division at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. His brigade was transferred to Rodes’ Divn and served at Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, where he was killed at Bethesada Church, va. on June 2, 1864. His body was returned to Milledgeville, where he was buried in Memory Hill Cemetery.