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Josiah Gorgas

Born: Jul 1, 1818

Death: May 15, 1883

Birthplace: Dauphin County

Nationality: United States

Josiah Gorgas

Date of Birth : Jul 1, 1818
Date of Death : May 15, 1883
Birth Place : Dauphin County

Josiah Gorgas was one of the few Northern-born Confederate generals and was later president of the University of Alabama. As chief of ordnance during the American Civil War, Gorgas managed to keep the Confederate armies well supplied with weapons and ammunition, despite the Union blockade and even though the South had hardly any munitions industry before the war began. In this effort he also worked closely with the Fraser, Trenholm shipping company that brought in shipments of ordnance by means of blockade runners. He kept diaries during the Civil War which are now a popular subject of study for historians.


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