Historic Markers Across Georgia



John B. Gordon



Marker ID:  
Location: on eastern base of John B. Gordon statue on northwestern corner of grounds of State Capitol, Atlanta
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 44.988    W 084° 23.310
  33.7498    -84.3885
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WM30HC
John B. Gordon Marker  



Text:

John Brown Gordon, son of the Rev. Zacheriah Herndon Gordon and Mrs. Malianda Cox Gordon, was born in Upson County February 6, 1832. He attended a rural school in Walker County. Pleasant Green Academy in LaFayette, and; the University of Georgia.
He left the University in his senior year to study law under Logan E. Beckley but soon gave up the practice of law to join his father in coal mine operations in North-west Georgia.

At the beginning of the War Between the States, John B. Gordon organized a company of mountaineers who wore Coon Skin caps and called themselves "The. Raccoon Roughs". When his company was merged with the 6th Alabama Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army, Captain Gordon was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment. Early in 1862 he became a Colonel and later that year had fought up to the rank of Brigadier General. On May 14, 1864 he was promoted to Major General and had been recommended for the rank of Lieutenant General when the war ended, at which time he was in command of ha1f of The Army of Northern Virginia.

Douglas Southall Freeman, in "Lee´s Lieutenants" wrote "if the final order of march had been arranged to honor those who had fought hardest and with highest distinction during the last days of the war, Gordon rightly would have been put first. General Gordon was elected to the United States Senate. He was re-elected in 1878, but resigned in 1880 to develop mining and railroad interest. In 1886 he was elected Governor of Georgia and re-elected in 1888. At the end of his second term he was sent to the United Sates Senate for a third time, serving from 1891 to 1897. He died on January 9, 1904, while visiting his son Hugh Haralson Gordon, in Miami.



 

John B. Gordon


 

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