Mackall, William Whann, 1818-1891

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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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referencedIn Walker, Henry Harrison, ca. 1833-1912. Letters, 1858-1860. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part II: The Civil War and the Confederacy, 1832-1915. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Mackall, William Whann, 1818-1891. Telegram to the "officer commanding dragoons in Honey Lake," 1860, May 14. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Mackall, William Whann, 1818-1891. Mackall family papers, 1835-1930. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893. Papers, 1861-1893. Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library
referencedIn Mackall, William Whann, 1818-1891. William Whann Mackall papers, 1839-1939 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Mackall, William Whann, 1818-1891. William Whann Mackall papers, 1839-1939 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn William P. Palmer collection [microform] 1861-1865. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Confederate officers photograph album, n.d. Alabama Department of Archives and History
creatorOf William Whann Mackall Papers, ., 1839-1939 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Pickett, George E. (George Edward), 1825-1875. George E. Pickett letter to W.W. Mackall [manuscript], 1857 Aug. 1. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Williams, John Skelton, 1865-1926. Papers of John Skelton Williams [manuscript], 1884-1926. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893. G.T. Beauregard papers, 1861-1893. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part II: The Civil War and the Confederacy, 1832-1915. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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associatedWith Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893. person
associatedWith Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876. person
correspondedWith Confederate States of America. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Gilmer, Jeremy Francis, 1818-1883. person
associatedWith Johnston, Joseph E. (Joseph Eggleston), 1807-1891. person
associatedWith Mackall family family
associatedWith Mackall, Leonard L. (Leonard Leopold), 1879-1937. person
associatedWith Mackall, William Whann, 1818-1891. person
associatedWith Mackall, William Whann, 1853-1939. person
associatedWith Pickett, George E. (George Edward), 1825-1875. person
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith United States Military Academy. corporateBody
associatedWith Walker, Henry Harrison, ca. 1833-1912. person
associatedWith Williams, John Skelton, 1865-1926. person
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Confederate States of America
Georgia
California
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Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives
Military telegraph
Fathers and sons--History
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Birth 1817-01-18

Death 1891-08-12

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