Since Edward R. Dorsey has
no biography in the National Archives, below is my biography of the
Almost nothing is known of this
man. Though there are hundreds of Dorsey's in Maryland and Virginia
in the 1860 Census, there is no white man with a first name starting
with "E" and being a reasonable age. However, Confederate
personnel records show a Captain E. R. Dorsey commanding a company
of Maryland troops in June of 1861. Confederate Military History,
Vol. 2 shows a Major E. R. Dorsey with a date of rank of July 21,
1861 and the same man making Lieutenant Colonel on March 18, 1862 in
the Maryland Line. Col. Dorsey is buried in Augusta, Ga. and has a
birth date of 1833 in Virginia. It is possible, but seems unlikely, that this man
is the one detailed below.
An E. R. Dorsey was the General
Freight and Ticket Agent of the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta RR
An 1892 edition of Railway Age
reports that Edward R. Dorsey, who had been the General Freight and
Passenger Agent of the Georgia RR for 11 years had resigned. My
guess is that the "Colonel" on the tombstone was an
honorary title (Georgia RR General Freight & Passenger Agent was
a very high position) and the man in the article and buried in
Augusta is the man below and is not the Colonel from Maryland.
|October 17, 1862
Appointed Transportation Agent for Quartermaster
Department at West Point, Ga.
Paid for travel from Richmond to West Point, Ga.
Paid for 47 days service at West Point