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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1828

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Hugh W. Mercer​1

(Ap'd Va.)


Hugh Weedon Mercer: Born Nov. 27, 1808, Fredericksburg, VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1824, to July 1, 1828, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1828.

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1828.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1828‑29, — Savannah, Ga., 1829, — Augusta Arsenal, Ga., 1829, — Ft. Mitchell, Ala., 1829‑30, — and Savannah, Ga., 1830‑31, 1831‑32; as  p407 Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Maj.‑General Scott, Dec. 3, 1832, to Jan. 27, 1834,

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Oct. 10, 1834)

at Charleston harbor, S. C., during South Carolina's threatened nullification, 1832‑33, and Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., 1833‑34; and on Quartermaster duty at Savannah, Ga., 1834‑35.

Resigned, Apr. 30, 1835.

Civil History. — First Lieut., Chatham Artillery, Georgia Militia, 1835‑45. Cashier of Planters' Bank, Savannah, Ga., 1841‑61.

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

Civil History. — Banker, Savannah, Ga., 1866‑69, Commission Merchant, Baltimore, Md., 1869‑72. In Europe, 1872‑77.

Died, June 9, 1877, at Baden Baden, Ger.: Aged 69.

Buried, Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA.​b

The Author's Note:

1 Was the grandson of General Hugh Mercer, of the Revolutionary Army.

Thayer's Notes:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he rose to Brigadier-General commanding the District of Georgia, and fought in the main battles on the soil of his State: Dalton, Marietta, Kenesaw Mountain, and Atlanta, but was knocked out by illness before the end of the war and posted to Savannah.

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b The diligent reader who follows the link will note that his burial place is less certain than most.

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