Nathan G. Evans"Shanks", was born in Marion, South Carolina on February 3, 1824. He was educated at Randolph-Macon College and West Point, from which he was graduated in 1848. He left the U.S. Army to join the Confederacy in 1861. His small brigade delayed Union General McDowell's turning movement at 1st Manassas long enough for a better defense to be organized. After Ball's Bluff, he was promoted to Brigadier General. Evans was present at 2nd Manassas, and Antietam and with Joseph Johnston during the Vicksburg campaign. He was removed from command for a period by Pierre Beauregard, who considered him incompetent. He was also accused of intoxication and disobedience of orders. His service in the last part of the war was obscure. After the war he served as a high school principal until his death in 1868.
Source: "Generals in Gray" Warner, Ezra J.
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