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by John T. Marck
Having been born in Union, South Carolina on September 3, 1831,
Gist graduated from South Carolina College, before attending Harvard
University Law School. After graduation he returned to South Carolina where he
In 1859, Gist became involved in the state militia, rising to
brigadier general. In this capacity he trained and prepared his fellow South
Carolinians for the war that would soon come. When his native state seceded
from the Union, he worked as state adjutant and inspector general, whose
responsibility it was to acquire arms for the bombardment of Fort Sumter. Gist
then served as a volunteer aide to Brigadier General Barnard E. Bee at the
First Battle of Bull Run. The day after this battle, Bee was killed and Gist
stepped in as temporary commander of his brigade.
On March 20, 1862, Gist was appointed to brigadier general in
the Confederate army. Gist then went to the South Carolina coastal defenses,
under the command of Major General John Clifford Pemberton. When Pemberton's
forces went to Vicksburg, Mississippi, Gist joined with General Joseph
Johnston's journey to Vicksburg. This resulted in a failure for Johnston, and
Gist was reassigned to the Army of Tennessee. Here Gist saw service at
Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Atlanta.
Following Atlanta, Gist commanded a brigade under Major General
John C. Brown during General Hood's Franklin and Nashville campaigns'.
While leading his brigade into battle at Franklin, he was
killed on November 30, 1864. Gist was one of six Confederate generals to die
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