Birth: Jan. 18, 1817
Death: Aug. 12, 1891.
Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Born in the District of Columbia, he graduated from the US Military Academy in 1837 and was commissioned an officer in the 1st US Artillery. He distinguished himself in the Seminole War, Mexican War and at the start of the Civil War declined promotion to Lieutenant Colonel to serve in the Confederate Army. Commissioned a Lieutenant Colonel on the staff of General Albert Sidney Johnston, he was promoted Brigadier General in 1862.
He was assigned to the command of the Confederate forces at Madrid Bend, where he was captured by Union troops and was prisoner exchanged in August, 1862. In 1863, he was given command of the district of the Gulf and was appointed chief of staff by General Braxton Bragg. He was on duty in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana in 1864 and fought in the campaign against Union General Sherman from Dalton to Atlanta. He was relieved from his staff duties at his own request, but continued to participate in Confederate operations until he surrendered to the Union in Macon, Georgia, on April 20, 1865. After the war, he became a farmer and real estate speculator in Virginia.
Aminta Elizabeth Douglass Sorrel Mackall.
Birth: Jul. 8, 1823, Georgia.
Death: Nov. 19, 1904.
Wife of General William Whann Mackall, CSA, daughter of Francis Sorrel of Savannah, GA, and sister of General Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, CSA.
Son: William Whann Mackall.
Birth: Jul. 8, 1853, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia.
Death: Aug. 23, 1939, Prince William County, Virginia,
Wife: Anne Hunton Green Mackall.
Birth: Mar. 26, 1858, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia.
Death: Aug. 28, 1928, Prince William County, Virginia.
Wife of William Whann Mackall, son of Confederate Civil War General, William Whann Mackall.
Daughter: Frances Sorrel Mackall.
Birth: Aug. 15, 1847.
Death: Jul. 1, 1933.
Only daughter of General William Whann Mackall, CSA, and Aminta Sorrel Mackall. Niece of General Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, CSA.
Charles Green Mackall.
Birth: Dec. 22, 1882
Death: May 8, 1945, Prince William County, Virginia.
Grandson of Civil War Confederate General, William Whann Mackall, and grand nephew of Civil War Confederate General Gilbert Moxley Sorrel.
Francis Sorrel Mackall.
Birth: Jan. 10, 1898, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia.
Death: May 8, 1939, Prince William County, Virginia.
Grandson of Civil War Confederate General, William Whann Mackall, and grand-nephew of Civil War Confederate General Gilbert Moxley Sorrel.
Gilbert Moxley Sorrel.
Birth: Feb. 23, 1838
Death: Aug. 10, 1901.
Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, was a Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a clerk for a railroad at the outbreak of the Civil War. He also was a Private in the Georgia Hussars, a militia company. After witnessing the reduction of Fort Sumter, South Carolina, he participated in the capture of Fort Pulaski, Georgia, then went to Virginia, where, before First Bull Run, he secured a position on Lieutenant General James Longstreet's staff as Captain and volunteer aide-de-camp. From that battle until the Wilderness, his Civil War career was inextricably linked to that of Longstreet. As Longstreet rose in rank to command of the I Corps, his duties increased, and he eventually became the I Corps's chief of staff.
Rising to the rank of Colonel, he participated with Longstreet in every major campaign in the East and went with his commander to the West during the Chickamauga and Knoxville campaigns. During the Battle of the Wilderness, where Longstreet was critically wounded, he personally led 4 brigades in a successful envelopment of the Union left. On October 27, 1864, he was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned to command of a brigade in Major General William Mahone's division. Later that autumn he sustained a leg wound in the battles around Petersburg, Virginia. On February 7, 1865, he fell with a severe chest wound in an engagement at Hatcher's Run.
He was returning to his command when the Confederate army was surrendered at Appomattox. After the war he returned to Savannah. A merchant, he was also connected with a steamship company. In 1905 he published Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer, one of the most valuable and perceptive memoirs of an aide. He later would die near Roanoke, Virginia.