General Matthew Duncan Ector

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General Matthew Duncan Ector
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Matthew Duncan Ector  (Confederate)

Biographical data and notes:
- Born Feb 28 1822 in Putnam County, GA
- Last known address: Texas
- Matthew Duncan Ector died on Oct 29 1879 at Tyler, TX

Enlistment:
- 40 years of age at time of enlistment
- Enlisted as Colonel

Mustering information:
- Commissioned into Field and Staff, 14th Cavalry (Texas)

- Discharged due to promotion from 14th Cavalry (Texas) on Aug 23 1862
- Commissioned into Gen. Staff (Confederate States)
on Aug 23 1862

Promotions:
- Promoted to Brig-Gen (Full, Vol) (date not indicated)
- Promoted to Colonel (Full, Vol) (date not indicated) (14th TX Cav)
- Promoted to Adjutant (Full, Vol) (date not indicated)

Listed as:
- Wounded (date not indicated) at Atlanta, GA (Loss of leg)

Sources: General Officers of the Confederate States of America, Confederate Military History, National Archives

Recommended Reading: Ector's Texas Brigade and the Army of Tennessee 1862-1865 (Hardcover). Description: Ector's Texas Brigade served most of the Civil War with the Army of Tennessee. With that battle-riddled command, they wrote an illustrious history upon the pages of American history. "A must read for the student of Texas history, the individual interested in the contributions of Texas in the Civil War, and for that buff that is remotely interested in the Army of Tennessee...[N]o serious study of Texas and the Civil War is possible without this volume."

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