Taken from the "Tennessee, the Volunteer State 1769/1923: Volume 2", page 132. "George Washington Gordon was born in Giles County, Tennessee, on October 5, 1836. After receiving an excellent preparatory education he entered the Western Military Institute, at whose head was Bushrod Johnson, and was graduated in 1859. When the war between the states began, he offered his services to Tennessee and was assigned as drill master to the Eleventh Tennessee Infantry, which was in a camp of instruction at Camp Cheatham in Robertson County. After several weeks of assiduous drilling this regiment was sent to East Tennessee. Here Gordon was elected captain of Company I, in which capacity he served from August 1, 1861, to May 27, 1862, when he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel, and, in August 1864, he was appointed Brigadier General and was serving as such when he was captured at the battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864. After his capture he was held as a prisoner of war, principally at Fort Warren in Boston Harbor, until his release on July 24, 1865. He took part in the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Kenesaw Mountain and most of the battles between Sherman and Johnston, between Sherman and Hood, and in Hood's campaign in the fall of 1864.