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This Day in Georgia History

June 28, 1824

William Tatum Wofford Born

William Tatum Wofford was born in Habersham County, Georgia. He became a lawyer and then served in the Mexican War. Wofford returned to Georgia, where he became a planter, politician, and newspaper editor. After the outbreak of the Civil War, Wofford was appointed a colonel in the 18th Georgia Infantry. In January 1863, he was promoted to brigadier general and commanded a brigade in McLaws Division at Gettysburg and a brigade in Kershaw’s Division at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. On Nov. 15, 1865, Georgia voters elected Wofford to the U.S. House of Representatives, but he was denied his seat by Radical Republicans. Wofford died on May 22, 1884, near Cass Station in Bartow County.