Mackall, William Whann, 1818-1891

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Dates:
Birth 1817-01-18
Death 1891-08-12

Biographical notes:

William Whann Mackall was born in Washington, D.C., on January 17, 1817. He graduated from West Point in 1837 and served with the U.S. Army in the Seminole and Mexican-American Wars. He was made Assistant Adjutant-General with the rank of Major in 1853, but resigned in 1861 and joined the Confederate Army. Mackall served with Simon Buckner and P.G.T. Beauregard and was promoted to Chief of Staff of the Army of Tennessee. After twice asking to be relieved of positions, Mackall was not given any further assignments and surrendered to the Union Army in Macon, Georgia, in April 1865. He became a farmer in Fairfax, Virginia, where he died on August 12, 1891.

From the description of Telegram to the "officer commanding dragoons in Honey Lake," 1860, May 14. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 635577705

Mackall, a West Point graduate, served in the United States Army from his graduation in 1837 until 1861, and in the Confederate Army, 1861-1865, attaining the rank of brigadier general. After the war he lived at Langley, Va. He married Aminta Sorrel of Savannah, Ga., and had a son, W. W. Mackall (b. 1853), who was a lawyer in Savannah.

From the guide to the William Whann Mackall Papers, ., 1839-1939, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

William Whann Mackall (1817-1891) was a native of Maryland. He was a U.S. Army officer and participated in the Seminole War and the War with Mexico. In 1861, he resigned his commission and became an officer in the Confederate State Army. He was promoted to brigadier-general in 1862. He married Aminta Elizabeth Douglass Sorrel. One of their children was William Whann Mackall (1853-1936), who was a lawyer in Maryland and Savannah, Georgia, where he spent most of his life. He was also engaged in various business and banking activities in Savannah, was a captain of Co. D of the Savannah Volunteer Guards, a member of the board of Education, and President of the Georgia Historical Society. Leonard Leopold Mackall (1879-1937) of Savannah was a noted bibliophile. He was president of the Bibliographical Society of America and editor of Notes for Bibliophiles in the "Books" literary supplement of the New York Herald Tribune, as well as the editor of several books. He was a president of the Georgia Historical Society.

From the description of Mackall family papers, 1835-1930. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 99997584

Mackall, a West Point graduate, served in the United States Army from his graduation in 1837 until 1861, and in the Confederate Army, 1861- 1865, attaining the rank of brigadier general. After the war he lived at Langley, Va. He married Aminta Sorrel of Savannah, Ga., and had a son, W. W. Mackall (b. 1853), who was a lawyer in Savannah.

From the description of William Whann Mackall papers, 1839-1939 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 24561248

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Subjects:

  • Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives
  • Military telegraph
  • Fathers and sons--History

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  • Confederate States of America (as recorded)
  • Georgia (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)