McLaws, Lafayette

McLaws, Lafayette

(1821–97) soldier; born in Augusta, Ga. A West Point graduate (1842), he served in the Mexican War and in the West. He went over to the Confederate army in 1861 and as a regimental, brigade, and finally division commander, he fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. He was relieved of command and court-martialed for his failure to relieve Knoxville, Tenn. (November 1863) but was exonerated. After the war he served as postmaster of Savannah, Ga.
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