Chapter 11: The Road to Disunion

Lafayette McLaws (1821-1897), a native of Augusta, Georgia, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1842. He served in the U. S. Army on the Texas frontier and distinguished himself during the Mexican War (1846). When Georgia seceded from the Union, he resigned his commission from the United States Army and joined the Confederate States of America Army as a Major.


Title: War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

Location: Georgia Historical Society Reading Room

Layfayette McLaws’s Court Martial


Title: Civil War Campaign Map

Author: McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897

Location: Map Collection

Call Number: MS 1361-MP 319

Civil War Campaign Map


Title: Marching Through Georgia and the Carolinas

Location: Rare Pamphlet

Call Number: E476.69.09

Marching Through Georgia and the Carolinas


Title: Lafayette McLaws photographs, ca. 1860-1890

Location: Visual Material Collection

Call Number: VM 2087


Additional GHS Resources on the Road to Disunion

Three Centuries of Georgia History: The Civil War

Civil War 150 Historical Marker Project

Georgia’s Secession Convention Historical Marker

The American Civil War at 150: New Approaches

Conquered Banners: Georgia’s Civil War Flags

Today in Georgia History: January 19, 1861 Georgia Secedes from the Union

Today in Georgia History: November 14, 1860 Alexander Stephens

Today in Georgia History: March 6, 1857 Dred Scott Decision

Today in Georgia History: January 15, 1821 Layfayette McLaws