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Alfred Holt Colquitt

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Alfred Holt Colquitt
  • Location: Located at Colquitt's grave site in Rose Hill Cemetery on Riverside Dr. in Macon


Governor of Georgia (1877-1882), U.S. Congressman (1853-1855), U.S. Senator (1883-1894), Major U.S. Army in the Mexican War, Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army, Alfred Holt Colquitt is buried here. Born in Walton County, Georgia, April 20, 1824, he died in Washington, D.C., March 26, 1894. In the Confederate Army he served first as Colonel of the famous 6th Ga. Regiment of Infantry. On September 1, 1862, he was appointed Brigadier-General.

Until May 1863 he was commander of Colquitt’s Brigade with the Army of Northern Virginia. He served in the defense of Charleston, 1863-1864. He earned the name, “The Rock of south Mountain,” when his brigade withstood several attacks by Federals, September 14, 1862, at South Mountain, Maryland. On February 20, 1864, he commanded at Olustee, Florida, where he won a great victory, saved Florida for the Confederacy and was called “The Hero of Olustee.” He helped Gen. Beauregard stop the advance of Gen. Grant at Petersburg, June-July, 1864, in one of the “miracles” of the war. he commanded at Fort Fisher, January 15, 1865, but failed to reach the fort. He surrendered with Gen. Johnston, May 1, 1865. He served the Nation and the Confederacy with honor and distinction.