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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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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)