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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

Josiah Gorgas

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born July 1, 1818, Running Pumps, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1837, to July 1, 1841, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt.º Second Lieut., Ordnance, July 1, 1841.

Served: as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., 1841‑43, — at Detroit Arsenal, Mich., 1843‑44, — and at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., 1844‑45; on leave of absence in Europe, 1845‑46; as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz,

(First Lieut.,º Ordnance, Mar. 3, 1847)

Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — and in charge of the Ordnance Depot at Vera Cruz, 1847‑48; as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., 1848‑51, — at Allegheny Arsenal, Pa., 1851, — and at Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., 1851‑53; in command of Mount Vernon Arsenal, Ala., 1853‑56, — of Kennebec Arsenal, Me., 1856‑58, — of Charleston Arsenal,

(Captain, Ordnance, July 1, 1855, for Fourteen Years' Continuous Service)

S. C., 1858‑60, — and of Frankford Arsenal, Pa., 1860‑61; and as Member of Ordnance Board, Oct. 9 to Dec. 28, 1860.

Resigned, Apr. 3, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — President of the Brierfield Iron Works, Bibb Co., Ala., 1866‑68. Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South, Sewanee, Ten., 1868‑78. President of the University of Alabama, 1878.

Died, May 15, 1883, at Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Aged 65.

Buried, Evergreen Cemetery, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. He was Chief of Ordnance; his career is recorded on several websites, e.g., at the Find-a‑Grave page linked above.

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