Edward Dorr Tracy Jr.

b. 5 November 1833, d. 1 May 1863

Edward Dorr Tracy Jr, 1833-1863
  • Edward Dorr Tracy Jr. was born on 5 November 1833 in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia.
  • Edward Dorr Tracy and Rebecca Caroline Campbell appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1840 in Bibb County, Georgia. Other (counted but unnamed) members of the household apparently included Edward Dorr Tracy Jr., Philemon Tracy, Matilda Caroline Tracy and Anne Clark Tracy.
  • Rebecca Caroline Campbell appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. Other members of the household included Edward Dorr Tracy Jr., Anne Clark Tracy, Philemon Tracy, Matilda Caroline Tracy, Campbell Tracy and Harriet Charlotte Tracy.
  • He married Ellen E. Steele, daughter of George Steele and Eliza Ann Weaver, on 19 February 1856 in Madison County, Alabama.
  • Eliza Ann Weaver appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in New Hope, Madison County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Edward Dorr Tracy Jr., John F. Steele, Ellen E. Steele, Susan Campbell Tracy and Georgia Elizabeth Tracy.
  • He was a lawyer, according to the 1860 census.
  • He joined the service as a captain, Company I, 4th Alabama, and fought at 1st Manassas, after which he was promoted to Major. By October 1861 he was a lieutenant colonel and transferred to be second in command of the 19th Alabama. He fought with the 19th at Shiloh and in a variety of campaigns in East Tennessee. He was promoted to brigadier general (16 August 1862) and led his five regiments at Port Gibson against the attach of Union troops under Maror General John A. McClermand (1 May 1863). Unable to withstand the assault, Confederate lines broke and opened up the way for Major General Ulyses Grant's siege at Vicksburg. He was killed in action at Port Gibson.
  • Edward Dorr Tracy Jr. died on 1 May 1863 at age 29.
  • He was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia.
  • The following appeared on 29 December 1891 in The Macon Telegraph: /[fraught with errors/] With the death of Mrs. Edward D. Tracey, which occurred Monday at the home of her son-in-law, Dr. John S. Baxter, another old resident and respected lady of this city has passed to the other side.
         Mrs. Tracey was the widow of the late Hon. E. D. Tracey, who was mayor of the city of Macon forty-five years ago and a most distinguished citizen, who did much for the city during his terms of office and in his private life.
         The deceased lady, who at the time of her death was over 80 years old, was one of the most estimable of her sex, and in her more active days was ever foremost in the works which redound today to the credit of her name and the city which she loved so well. She was the mother of Brigadier General Edward D. Tracey and of Major Philip Tracey, both of whom where killed during the war in the service of the Confederacy, and were distinguished soldiers throughout their too short service. The former, Gen. E. D. Tracey, was the only Brigadier-General in the Confederate service whom Macon could claim as her own. Major Philip Tracey was killed at the battle of Gettysburg while with the Sixth Georgia regiment. Both were and even now are counted among the most brilliant orators and conversationalists that Macon and the State of Georgia have honored.
         Mrs. Tracey was the mother of Mrs. William B. Johnson, and the grandmother of Hon. Tracey Baxter, Mrs. George Duncan and Mrs. W. H. Felton. She leaves behind her only two children, Mrs. William B. Johnson and Miss Hattie Tracey.
         Old residents of Macon will find much in the history of the deceased lady to bring them back to the days of long ago.
  • Last Edited: 26 Aug 2009

Family: Ellen E. Steele b. circa 1834