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Thomas Jefferson Gurr: Another of the "Immortal 600" Found in Middle Georgia

4+ years ago I wrote about 1st Lieut. Eugene C. Jeffers and his status as one of the "Immortal 600." I first learned about this Civil War history when visiting Fort Pulaski some 10 or more years ago. An informational marker at the National Monument provided the following: The Immortal 600 were a group of Confederate officers held as prisoners of war at Fort Pulaski during the bitterly cold winter of 1864-1865. They were moved here from Charleston where they had been placed in the line of artillery fire in retaliation for what was viewed as similar treatment of Union POW's. The fallen officers endured many hardships, including a six-week diet of rancid cornmeal and pickles…From dysentery, chronic diarrhea, scurvy, and pneumonia, thirteen of the prisoners died while here at Fort Pulaski. The National Park Service website provides a bit more detail: The story of the Immortal 600 began on August 20, 1864, when a chosen group of 600 Confederate prisoners of war were t
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Brigadier-General Charles David Anderson Dead (1901)

Charles David Anderson was born 22 May 1827 in DeKalb County, Georgia to William Robert Anderson and Annie Coker. Charles married Mary Caroline Hiley about 1851, and the couple had at least six children. After a life that included Civil War service on the side of the Confederacy "conspicuous for its bravery," Charles died on 22 February 1901 in Fort Valley, GA. He was buried there in Oaklawn Cemetery. Per Wikipedia  -- Anderson participated in the Maryland Campaign in the fall of 1862, fighting during the Battle of Antietam on September 17. In the fight he was wounded and captured by Union forces, and exchanged later that year. Upon release Anderson was promoted to major, effective back to the date of the Battle of Antietam... In 1863 Anderson participated in the Chancellorsville Campaign and was seriously wounded on May 3. He was hit in his shoulder, his abdomen, as well as his left hand, losing a finger in the process...Upon returning home to Georgia, Anderson was appointed

In Memory of Myles Lafayette Green (d. 1865)

Myles Lafayette Green was a son of Peter B. Greene (d. 1836). In 1850, Myles married Ann E. Persons (1832-1879). This union produced at least five children: Ella G. (d. 1892), Myles Claude (d. 1923), Orville Lafayette (d. 1890), George Peter (d. 1926), and Mary Lois "Mamie" (d. 1923). Mamie was born approximately six weeks after the death of her father. And the deaths of Myles Claude and his sister Mamie were separated by just three months. Myles L., his wife Ann, and their three sons were all buried in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Georgia. Southern Christian Advocate  (Macon, Georgia) 5 January 1866 - pg. 8 Obituary. MYLES L. GREENE  was born February 6th, 1826, and died in Fort Valley, Ga., Dec. 8th, '65. He joined the M. E. Church in early life, but never became a decided, experimental, active and zealous christian, until he was the head of a family. From this time, the family altar was erected, and his pious fidelity continued during his entire after life. He serv

Anxious Father Waits Days for News of His Son, Pvt. John Clayton Walden (b. 1846)

John Clayton Walden was born 26 March 1846 in Georgia to John M. and Elizabeth Walden. On 8 May 1862, at just over 16 years of age, the younger John was mustered in as a private in Company E (captained by C. H. Richardson ) of the 57th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry. John's Civil War service record ascribed to him the age of 17 years at the time. Bet he fudged a little bit. In his history of the 57th titled Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia *, Scott Walker wrote the following about the Battle of Champion Hill / Baker's Creek: As the men of the Fifty-seventh Georgia crossed Baker's Creek late on the night of May 16 [1863] and raced through the dark for the Big Black River [Mississippi], they were no longer strangers to such tragedy and horror. Their memories were scarred forever by the early days of the Vicksburg campaign. And this portion he wrote about the Siege of Vicksburg: As soon as [General] Grant resigned himself to a siege, he ordered his engineers to begin mo

Lucile Huey Vinson: Classical Music Singer's Short Life Ends in Suicide

I'm usually not a big fan of Old English lettering on gravestones, but in this instance, it seems quite apropos. Lucile Huey was born 26 October 1911 in Georgia to Lena Varn and L. M. Huey. She was a graduate of the Wesleyan (Macon, GA) and Cincinnati conservatories of music. Per a portion of her epitaph, it seems Lucile was a gifted classical music singer - Like a velvet note in a flood of tone, Her rich contralto voice Floated into the Choir Invisible. When Lucile was 22 years of age, she married Georgia Tech graduate William Edward Vinson (1908-1982). He was connected with the Ford Motor Company plant in Atlanta, and the young couple made that city their home. Lucile and William had been married about 13 months when she made a fatal decision to drink carbolic acid on a summer morning in July 1935. Lucile died that same evening at the Georgia Baptist Hospital . Her death certificate deemed the "injury" a suicide. Butler Herald  (Georgia) 11 July 1935 Poison Dose Proves

Willard H. Love Dead at the Waycross, Georgia Phoenix Hotel (1903)

" Willard H. Love is Dead. Mr. W. H. Love died at his room at the Phoenix Hotel, Waycross, Friday night, last, May 15th, at 11 o'clock, of congestion of the brain. Mr. Love came in on a late train, Thursday night from Jacksonville, apparently in usual health and retired at once. Next morning he did not come down to breakfast, but nothing was thought of this, as he often left the city on one of the early trains. About 5 o'clock in the afternoon, as his door was still locked, it was forced open and Mr. Love was found in an unconscious condition. Prompt measures were taken to restore him, but he never regained consciousness, and died that night at 11. A telegram was sent his family in Tifton, and they went to Waycross on the first train Saturday morning. The remains were carried through Tifton to Fort Valley Saturday night, for interment there beside his father and other relatives . At Tifton the party was joined by an escort from Tifton Lodge No. 47, F. & A. M., headed b

In Her Will, Anna Hollinshead Provided Grave Markers for Her Mother and Two Siblings

Sometimes, when I visit a gravesite, it's obvious a tombstone or grave marker was added years after a deceased individual's death. Maybe this was not an uncommon practice. Anna E. Hollinshead died 5 February 1913 and was laid to rest in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Houston (later Peach) County, Georgia. On 20 November 1911, she signed her last will and testament. In it, she instructed her executor to erect monuments over the graves of her two siblings and mother "should I not, during my lifetime." Should I not, during my lifetime, erect over the graves of W. E. Brown and his wife, Mrs. Emma Brown, a monument, then I hereby instruct my executor to have erected over their graves a suitable monument at a cost not to exceed One Hundred & Fifty Dollars, which sum I authorize him to employ for that purpose. Emma Hollinshead Brown died 12 October 1906, and Walter Edward Brown died 1 March 1899. This was, respectively, five and twelve years before the signed last will


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The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)