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This Day in Georgia History

May 22, 1884

William Tatum Wofford Died

Former Confederate general William Tatum Wofford died near Cass Station, Georgia. Born June 28, 1824 in Habersham County, Ga., Wofford became a lawyer, planter, politician, and newspaper editor – also fighting in the Mexican War. In June 1861, he was designated a colonel in the 18th Georgia, subsequently serving in North Carolina, the Peninsula Campaign, and the battles of Seven Pines, Seven Days, Second Manassas, South Mountain, Sharpsburg, and Fredericksburg. In Jan. 1863, he was promoted to brigadier general and commanded a brigade in McLaws’ Division at Salem Church and Gettysburg , and a brigade in Kersha’s Division at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Cedar Creek. Toward the end of the war, Gov. Joseph E. Brown requested that Wofford command the Dept. of North Georgia. After the war, he was elected to Congress from Georgia, but Radical Republicans would not allow he and other Democrats to take their seats.