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Gorgas, Josiah

Josiah Gorgas, detail

Tenth child of a poor Pennsylvania clockmaker, Josiah Gorgas graduated from West Point and married into Alabama aristocracy. He followed his wife into the Confederacy and served brilliantly as Chief of Ordnance, one of the south's few northern-born generals. After the war he became president of the University of Alabama.

Life span: 
07/01/1818 to 05/15/1883


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