William Wing Loring served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican American War, achieved the rank of Colonel and served in the Confederate States Army as a Major General. Loring’s fifteen year military career came to an end with his surrender to General Sherman, shortly after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox in 1865. After four years working on southern investments in New York, the Egyptian Military offered Loring a job commanding the forces in Egypt in 1869. Loring would spend a total of ten years serving in the Egyptian military.
“The Loring Memorial” in Saint Augustine, Florida honors the time that Loring spent in the U.S. Military, the Confederate States of America and in Egypt.