Major General Dabney Herndon Maury

21 May 1822 - 11 Jan 1900

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Major General Dabney Herndon Maury

21 May 1822 - 11 Jan 1900
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Grave site information of Major General Dabney Herndon Maury (21 May 1822 - 11 Jan 1900) at Confederate Cemetery in Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States from BillionGraves

Life Information

Major General Dabney Herndon Maury

Married: 10 Mar 1852

Confederate Cemetery

Washington Ave
Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia
United States


As a young man, Dabney Herndon Maury graduated from the University of Virginia in 1842. He prosecuted law in Fredericksburg under Judge John T. Lomax. Determining that law was not to his liking, he received an appointmetn to West Point where he graduated in 1848.
During the war with Mexico Dabney suffered a severe wound on April 17, 1847 at the Battle of Cerro Gordo and almost lost his arm. In acknowledgment of his bravery, the citizens of Fredericksburg and the Legislature of Virginia honored him with a special presentation sword. On March 10, 1852 he married Nannie Mason, whom he had met at "Warrenton Springs", a favorite resort prior to the Mexican-American War. In 1858, Maury commanded the cavalry school at Carlisle Barracks, PA. where he authored a tactics manual "Skirmish Drill for Mounted Troops" which was still in use 41 years later at his death.
After the firing upon Ford Sumter in 1861, Maury resigned his position in the US Army and entered Confederate service, first in staff positions within his native state. Then in February, 1862, Maury was promoted to Colonel and sen to Arkansas to be Chief of Staff under General Earl Van Dorn. He was praised by Van Dorn for his conduct during the Battle of Pea Ridge, March 7-8, 1862 adn promoted to Brigadier General.
After leading a brigade in the Battles of Luka and Sorinth, Mississippi in the fall of 1862, Maury was promoted to Major General. Maury commanded a division in the operations around Vicksburg, Mississippi, and was noted later for his tenacious defense of Mobile, Alabama.
After the war, Maury returned to Fredericksburg where he established an academy to teach classical literature and mathematics. He also organized the Southern Historical Society, and was appointmed the US Ambassador to Colombia by President Grover Cleveland.
Major General Dabney Maury died at his son's home in Illinois and was brought back to Fredericksburg where he was laid to here in the Confederate cemetery.

Military Service

Major General, Colonel, Brigadier General
US Army, Confederate States Army
Mexican-American War, US Civil War

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Military Service



Major General, Colonel, Brigadier General


US Army, Confederate States Army


Mexican-American War, US Civil War

Life timeline of Major General Dabney Herndon Maury

Major General Dabney Herndon Maury was born on 21 May 1822
Major General Dabney Herndon Maury was 10 years old when Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate his theory of evolution. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
Major General Dabney Herndon Maury was 18 years old when Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
Major General Dabney Herndon Maury was 37 years old when Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well. Petroleum is a naturally occurring, yellow-to-black liquid found in geological formations beneath the Earth's surface. It is commonly refined into various types of fuels. Components of petroleum are separated using a technique called fractional distillation, i.e. separation of a liquid mixture into fractions differing in boiling point by means of distillation, typically using a fractionating column.
Major General Dabney Herndon Maury was 38 years old when Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
Major General Dabney Herndon Maury was 53 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
Major General Dabney Herndon Maury was 67 years old when The Eiffel Tower is officially opened. The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
Major General Dabney Herndon Maury was 69 years old when Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Major General Dabney Herndon Maury died on 11 Jan 1900 at the age of 77
Grave record for Major General Dabney Herndon Maury (21 May 1822 - 11 Jan 1900), BillionGraves Record 40488649 Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States