Gordon, Marcus Lafayette

Life Span
to
Dickinson Connection
Class of 1858, BLS
Full name
Marcus Lafayette Gordon
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
South
Origins
Slave State
No. of Spouses
1
No. of Children
3
Family
Kate Maltbie Gordon (wife, 1868), Mary Gordon (daughter), Hallie Gordon (daughter), Clara Gordon (daughter)
Education
Dickinson (Carlisle College)
Occupation
Military
Attorney or Judge
Military
Confederate Army
Children in 1860
0
Marital status in 1860
Single

Marcus Gordon (Dickinson Chronicles)

Scholarship
Marcus Lafayette Gordon was born in Gwinette County, Georgia on June 16, 1837. He was raised and educated in that county and entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with the class of 1858. While at Dickinson, Gordon was elected to the Belles Lettres Society. He graduated with his class and, after legal studies, was admitted to the bar in Lawrenceville, Georgia in his home county. Shortly after this, Gordon moved west to Waco, Texas, where he opened a law office.

The Civil War broke out soon after. On September 25, 1861, Gordon mustered into what was to become Company A, or the "Prairie Rovers," of the Eighth Texas Cavalry Regiment. This unit was popularly known as "Terry's Texas Rangers," although they were not technically state rangers. Gordon was elected as a third lieutenant and won promotions up to captain. He showed a proficiency for scouting missions and led "Gordon's Scouts" in 1863 as part of Wharton's Brigade. Gordon was seriously wounded at Shiloh in the Fallen Timbers charge on April 8, 1862, and the bullet was never removed. For some reason, records indicate that he ended the war once again with the rank of third lieutenant. Gordon returned to Lawrenceville, not Waco, and took up teaching for several years before entering business in the town. He operated a merchant company, Spence and Gordon, in partnership with J. D. Spence. The company was prospering at the time of Gordon's death.

In January 1868, Gordon married Kate Maltbie of Lawrenceville. The couple had three daughters: Mary, Hallie, and Clara. All three were born in Lawrenceville. In spring 1874, Gordon suffered a flare-up of infection above the hip at the site of his war wound. After a two-week illness, Marcus Lafayette Gordon died on April 28, 1874. He was thirty-seven years old.
John Osborne and James W. Gerencser, eds., “Marcus Lafayette Gordon,” Dickinson Chronicles, http://chronicles.dickinson.edu/encyclo/g/ed_gordonML.htm.
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