Distinction in Every Service: Brigadier General Marcellus A. Stovall, C.S.A.

C. L. Bragg

  • Distinction in Every Service: Brigadier General Marcellus A. Stovall, C.S.A.

Marcellus Augustus Stovall was the eldest son of a prominent Augusta cotton merchant. He harbored military ambitions from his youth, but his hopes were seemingly dashed when he was dismissed from West Point in 1837. Nonetheless, he persisted, taking an active role in the prewar Georgia militia.

When war came to the South in 1861, Stovall commanded a militia company, the Cherokee Artillery, but in time he rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Confederate army. Though hampered by illness, he ably led his brigade at Jackson, Mississippi, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, and through the Atlanta and Tennessee campaigns.

General Stovall transcended the social and political turmoil of Reconstruction to become a successful businessman and civic leader in Augusta, Georgia. He was held in high esteem by his former comrades in arms who attributed to him a “soul of honor.”

Distinction in Every Service: Brigadier General Marcellus A. Stovall, C.S.A. chronicles Stovall’s life from his birth on the Georgia frontier, his sojourn in Florida during the Second Seminole War, his brief stint at the U.S. Military Academy, his Confederate service, and his post-war career. Throughout his life, Stovall persevered in his duty to his family, community, and country despite the attendant hardships he encountered from disease, family tragedy, war, and personal loss.

Book
Author C. L. Bragg
Pages 256
Images 37
Maps 12
Bibliography Yes
Index Yes
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