Clement Anselm Evans
1833 - 1911
Clement Anselm Evans, Confederate Civil War general, died July 2, 1911. He was 78.
Evans was born February 25, 1833 in Stewart City, Georgia. A lawyer, judge and member of the Georgia state legislature, he entered the Confederate army as a major in the 31st Georgia on November 19, 1861.
Evans was promoted to colonel in May of 1862. He led his regiment at the battles of Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania.
In May of 1864 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. Wounded five times during the war, the last battlefield injury came at Monocacy near Washington, D.C. in late 1864.
Evans was attached to Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia during the last weeks of the war. He was at Petersburg while that city was being defended in the last week of the war. He surrendered with Lee at Appomattox Courthouse in April 1865.
After the war, Evans became a Methodist minister. Additionally, he served on the boards of three colleges, endowed a scholarship to help young men attend college, was editor of the 13 volume work entitled Confederate Military History, and was Commander in Chief of United Confederate Veterans.
Evans died July 2, 1911 in Atlanta Georgia. He is buried in that city’s Oakland Cemetery.