Dabney Herndon Maury
b. May 21, 1822, Frederick, Va.
d. January 11, 1900, Peoria, Ill.

Even though he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1842 and then studied law, Maury entered West Point and graduated in 1846. He served in the Mexican War and on the frontier, and taught at West Point until he tried to resign in May 1861. His resignation was declined and in June 1861 he was dismissed from the army. After joining the Confederate Army, he was assigned as chief of staff to Van Dorn in the Trans-Mississippi Department. After Pea Ridge, he was promoted to brigadier general in March 1862 and to major general in November of the same year. He then commanded the District of the Gulf until the war's end. After the war, he had nothing to return to but poverty. Yet he made his way in the world as a teacher in Virginia and Louisiana and even gave up his job to volunteer as a nurse during the yellow fever outbreak of 1868 in New Orleans. He eventually was among the founders of the Southern Historical Society and chaired the society for 20 years working with the U.S. War Records Office. He died in Peoria, Ill., at the home of his son.

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