11 August 2011

Harriet Hutchins Leads to Alfred Iverson

In Memory of
Wife of
A. Iverson J'r.
Daughter of
Born at Lawrenceville, Ga.
March 7th, 1837
Died July 29th, 1861

Harriet, a sister of Clarence Linden, as well as John Mitford and Polk Franciso Hutchins, rests in Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery at Gwinnett County, Georgia. I don't know much about Harriet beyond what information is on her tombstone. I do know that she and Mr. Iverson had two daughters, Julia and Minnie. It appears that Minnie was born about the time of her mother's death, so the two events may be closely related.

When photographing Harriet's tombstone, I had no idea who A. Iverson, Jr. was. Turns out he was a well-known brigadier general during the Civil War. Upon his death in 1911, I think he was laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery at Atlanta, GA (though a newspaper item says different). An obituary from the 1 April 1911 Columbus Daily Enquirer (Georgia) follows:
Oakland Cemetery photo
by dt07 via FindAGrave

Veteran of Many Wars Died at Home of Daughter Friday -- Funeral Saturday.

Atlanta, Ga., March 31 -- At the age of 82 years Gen. Alfred Iverson, a veteran of the Mexican war, Civil and Indian wars, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. Randolph, in Ansley park, this morning. General Iverson was the son of United States Senator Alfred Iverson, of Columbus, Ga. Up to a short while ago he resided in Kissimmee, Fla.

General Iverson entered the Mexican war at the age of 17 years. Following the war he was made first lieutenant of cavalry, and was engaged in the Indian fights. Later he took part in the campaign against the Mormons, and led frequent expeditions against the Comanche and Kiowa Indians. He had served in seven wars.

At the outbreak of the civil war General Iverson resigned his command in the United States army, and recei[v]ed the appointment of captain in the Confederate army. He was later made colonel in the 20th North Carolina regiment, and then general.

He served in Virginia at all the great battles until after the battle of Gettysburg, when he came to Georgia to relieve Gen. H. R. Jackson, at Rome. With only 1,300 men and four pieces of artillery he captured Major General Stoneman, the only major general imprisoned during the war, taking at the same time 2,300 men and 30 pieces of artillery.

General Iverson was married twice, his first wife being Miss Harriet Harris Hutchins, daughter of Judge N. L. Hutchins, of Lawrenceville. By his first wife he had two daughters, Mrs. Julia Iverson Patton, who died several years ago, and Mrs. Minnie Iverson Randolph, of Atlanta. He also leaves four grandchildren, Richard, Priscilla and Minnie Patton and Beverly Randolph. His second wife was Miss Adela Branham, daughter of Dr. Joel Branham, of Atlanta.

The funeral will be held at the Randolph home in Ansley park, Rev. W. W. Memminger officiating, the hour to be announced later. The interment will occur in Kissimme, Fla., Monday, under the direction of the Iverson chapter of Confederate veterans.

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