On this day in Alabama history: Josiah Gorgas suffered a stroke

On this day in Alabama history: Josiah Gorgas suffered a stroke
Josiah Gorgas (1818-1883) served in the military, was appointed the chief of ordnance for the Confederacy, was headmaster at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, and was elected president of the University of Alabama. His son, William Crawford Gorgas, was a noted physician and his wife, Amelia Gayle Gorgas, held several positions at the University of Alabama. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of the University of Alabama W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library)

February 23, 1879

Confederate Brig. Gen. Josiah Gorgas, the father of William Crawford Gorgas, suffered a stroke, from which he never fully recovered. One of the few northern-born Confederate generals, Gorgas graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the U.S. Ordnance Corps. He married Amelia Gayle, the daughter of former Alabama Gov. John Gayle, while stationed at Mount Vernon Arsenal north of Mobile and in 1861 became the chief of the Confederate Bureau of Ordnance. In his position, he successfully built an armaments industry capable of providing the army with munitions, despite an inferior rail system and blockaded ports. Gorgas later served as the president of the University of Alabama.

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