Peter Alexander Selkirk McGlashan
1831 - 1908

50th Georgia Regiment

 

With the destruction of so many Confederate records, it often makes it hard to determine who was a general officer and who was not. Such is the case of Peter A.S. McGlashan who many claim was made a Brigadier General in the last days of the War for Southern Independence, but never received the actual commission.

A native of Edinburgh, he had come to America to take part in the California Gold Rush (1849). An adventurer, he also went to Nicaragua with William Walker's expansionist scheme.

When he entered the Confederate Army in 1862, he was assigned as a First Lieutenant to Co E 50th Georgia Infantry, he progressed up through the ranks until reaching Colonel with the 50th Georgia on 31 July 1863. And finally commanding Bryan's (old) Brigade, Kershaw's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia February - March 1865.

After service on the Georgia coast, his regiment was sent to join General Lee in Virginia and saw action at 2nd Bull Run (Manassas), Antitiem, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Going west with Longstreet in September 1863, his unit arrived to late to take part in the fighting at Chickamauga (River of Blood). Moving to East Tennessee he commanded the regiment at Knoxville and returned to Virginia for the Wilderness and Petersburg campaigns. During these actions he was wounded and didn't return until February 1965 when he took command of Bryan's Brigade. By the time of the fall of Petersburg and Richmond, he was back in command of the 50th and led it at Sayler's Creek where he was captured. He was not released until 25th July 1865.

After the War he was active in politics and veterans affairs, he served as mayor of Thomasville, Georgia.