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Boggs, William Robertson

Confederate general William Robertson Boggs was born in Augusta, Georgia on March 18, 1829. He graduated from West Point in 1853, after which he performed engineering and ordnance duties in the U.S. Army. After Georgia’s secession, Boggs resigned his U.S. commission. In February 1861, he was designated Chief Engineer of Georgia. Soon afterwards, he was named captain of ordnance under Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard at Charleston. Subsequently, Boggs performed engineering duties in Florida and Georgia. In November 1862, he was promoted to brigadier general and served as Gen. Kirby Smith’s chief of staff in the Confederate Army’s Trans-Mississippi Department. After the war, Boggs returned to Georgia to practice civil engineering. From 1875-1881 he taught mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Boggs died on September 11, 1911 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Source: Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina