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Name:George Mathews Edgar
Affiliation:Class of 1856
Biography & Genealogy:George Mathews Edgar, Class of 1856: Genealogy: Born- March 1, 1837, in Union, Monroe Co., WV. Father- Thomas Edgar; Mother- Eliza Alexander Byrnside. Pat. Grandfather- Thomas Edgar; Pat. Grandmother- unknown. Mat. Grandparents- unknown. Married- Rebecca Fry; 1st child- Gertrude Edgar; 2nd- Bessie Edgar; 3rd- George Edgar; 4th- John Edgar; 5th- Bliss Edgar; 6th- Graham Edgar. Matriculated to VMI from Union, West Virginia. At VMI 3 1/2 years. Pre War Career: Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Professor of Tactics at VMI 1857-58; Professor of Natural Philosophy (physics) and Astronomy, North Carolina Military Institute, 1858-60; instructor of Math and Tactics, West Florida Seminary (now Florida State University), 1860-61. Military Record: enlisted Apr. 2, 1861 at Tallahassee, Florida as a Sergeant, Company D, 1st Florida; promoted to Sergeant Major Apr. 6, 1861, also serving as a Drillmaster; Discharged May 27, 1861 to go to Virginia; helped raise what became Company D, 59th VA in which he served as a 1st Lieutenant; promoted to Captain July 27, 1861; sick (typhoid fever) during the fall of 1861; re-elected March 29, 1862; authorized during April 1862 to raise what became 26th Virginia Battalion of which he was elected Major on May 23, 1862; Wounded in Action (chest) and captured June 3, 1864 at Cold Harbour, but he managed to escape; captured Sep. 19, 1864 at Third Winchester; held at Fort Delaware, Delaware until exchanged on Oct. 31, 1864; absent due to illness late 1864. Post War Career: Taught chemistry and physics at the University of Virginia in 1865; went to Oakland College (Mississippi) early 1866 as a Professor of Math; taught at schools in Kentucky and Mississippi 1867-84 when elected President of what is now the University of Arkansas; remained there 1887-91; President, Florida State Seminary (now Florida State University) 1884-87; professor of physics and astronomy, University of Alabama, 1892-98; taught at Shelbyville, Tennessee 1898 and Occidental College (California) in 1899; principal of several "training schools" in North Carolina and Kentucky. Died- Oct. 18, 1913 in Paris, Kentucky, where he is buried.
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