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    Gilbert M. Sorrel Autograph Note Signed 'G M Sorrel" along with orders for his promotion. Sorrel's signature appears on a 3" x 2.5" piece of paper, n. d., and reads in full: "By Command of Maj Gen Longstreet/G M Sorrel." With General Orders No. 15, one page, 7.5" x 10", "Hd. Qrs. 1st A. Corps," November 4, 1864, relieving "Lt. Colonel G. M. Sorrel, having been promoted the rank of Brig. General and assigned to the command of a Brigade in the 3 Corps...is hereby relieved from duty as Adj. General of this corps." Framed to an overall size of 10" x 12.25".

    Sorrel began military career began as a private in the Georgia Hussars, an early colonial unit still active in today's Georgia National Guard. His well-placed connections landed him on Longstreet's staff at First Manassas. He served at the general's side for over three years, being wounded at Sharpsburg and Gettysburg. In October, 1864 Colonel Sorrel was promoted to Brigadier General. He left Longstreet to command a brigade of Georgians attached to Mahone's Division. General Sorrel was lightly wounded at Petersburg and returned to the field only to receive a bullet through a lung on February 7, 1865 at Hatcher's Run. This, Sorrel's fourth wound, effectively kept him low for the duration of the war. After Appomattox, Sorrel resumed a working patrician's life in Savannah. His highly praised memoirs, Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer, were published posthumously in 1905.


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