McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897

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Lafayette McLaws was born in Augusta, Georgia on January 15, 1821. He attended the University of Virginia in 1837, but before he completed his first year he was appointed a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from West Point in 1842. McLaws served in the U.S. Army on the Texas frontier and distinguished himself during the Mexican War (1846). When Georgia seceded from the Union he resigned his commission and was commissioned into the Confederate Army. He served with distinction during the Civil War rising to the rank of Major General. After the Civil War he returned to Georgia and entered the insurance business and was appointed to two separate public offices. Lafayette McLaws died in Savannah, Georgia on July 24, 1897, and is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery.

From the description of Lafayette McLaws collection, 1874-1888. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38477523

From the description of Lafayette McLaws collection, 1837-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38477525

Lafayette McLaws (1821-1897), native of Augusta, Georgia, graduate of West Point, Major-General in the Confederate Army.

From the description of Letter to Isaac R. Pennypacker, 1886 June 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38475978

U.S. and Confederate Army officer, postmaster and collector of internal revenue in Savannah, Ga., 1885-1886.

From the description of Lafayette McLaws papers, 1836-1897 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 23658329

Lafayette McLaws (1821-1897) was a United States and Confederate Army officer, and a postmaster and collector of internal revenue in Savannah, Ga., 1885-1886. During the Civil War, McLaws served in Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina. He was engaged in the Peninsula and Maryland campaigns in 1862; the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863; action in Tennessee in late 1863, especially in the vicinity of Knoxville; in Georgia and South Carolina in 1864; and actions in North Carolina in 1865. In early 1864 McLaws was court-martialed, and later exonerated, for failure to cooperate with General James Longstreet.

McLaws was the son of James and Elizabeth McLaws of Savannah, Ga. He married Emily Allison Taylor, niece of Zachary Taylor. They had at least five children including William, John Taylor, Laura, Uldrick Hugenin, and another daughter.

From the guide to the Lafayette McLaws Papers, ., 1836-1897, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

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referencedIn Ewell, Richard Stoddert, 1817-1872. Richard Stoddert Ewell papers, 1838-1896. Library of Congress
creatorOf Lafayette McLaws Papers, ., 1836-1897 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897. Lafayette McLaws collection, 1837-1977. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Felton, Rebecca Latimer, 1835-1930. Rebecca Latimer Felton papers 1851-1930. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Alexander, Peter Wellington, 1825-1886. Peter Wellington Alexander papers, 1835-1910. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Sneden, Robert Knox, 1832-1918. Position of 3rd Army Corps at Harrison's Landing, Va., July 9th 1862. : From actual survey made for Genl. Heintzelman / by R.K. Sneden, Topog. Engr., 3rd Corps. Virginia Historical Society Library
creatorOf Andrew, John A. (John Albion), 1818-1867,. Lee family papers [microform] 1652 [1769-1870] 1890. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897. Lafayette McLaws papers, 1836-1897 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Andrews, Garnett, 1837-1903. Garnett Andrews papers, 1816-1928 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Lafayette McLaws photographs, ca. 1860-1890. Georgia Historical Society
creatorOf McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897. Lafayette McLaws collection, 1874-1888. Georgia Historical Society
creatorOf Rives, William C. (William Cabell), 1793-1868. Papers of William Cabell Rives [manuscript], 1825-65. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897. [Civil War campaign map]. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part II: The Civil War and the Confederacy, 1832-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Proclamation regarding postmaster Lafayette McLaws, 1884. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn William P. Palmer collection [microform] 1861-1865. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Ewell, Richard Stoddert, 1817-1872. Papers, 1838-1896 [microform]. Virginia Historical Society Library
referencedIn Photographic Portrait File The Huntington Library
referencedIn Peter Wellington Alexander Papers, 1855-1863 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897. Lafayette McLaws photographs, 1860-1890. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Hemphill family. Hemphill family papers, 1765-1975 University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897. Letter to Isaac R. Pennypacker, 1886 June 25. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Longstreet, James, 1821-1904. James Longstreet papers, 1875-1904 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Confederate officers photograph album, n.d. Alabama Department of Archives and History
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associatedWith Alexander, Peter Wellington, 1825-1886. person
associatedWith Andrews, Garnett, 1837-1903. person
associatedWith Confederate States of America. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 10th. corporateBody
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Ewell, Richard Stoddert, 1817-1872. person
associatedWith Felton, Rebecca Latimer, 1835-1930. person
associatedWith Hemphill family. family
associatedWith Longstreet, James, 1821-1904. person
associatedWith McLaws, Emily Allison, ca. 1824-1890. person
associatedWith Pennypacker, Isaac R. person
associatedWith Porter, Fitz-John, 1822-1901. person
associatedWith Rives, William C. (William Cabell), 1793-1868. person
associatedWith Sneden, Robert Knox, 1832-1918. person
associatedWith Taylor, Emily Allison, ca. 1824-1890. person
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
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Navajo Indians--Wars
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Maryland Campaign, 1862
Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862
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Indians of North America--Government relations--History--19th century
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Birth 1821-01-15

Death 1897-07-24

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