Macon Telegraph, Macon, Ga.


Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga. February 14, 1930


The large frame hotel at Miona Springs, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Toler, was burned to the ground about ten o'clock Wednesday morning. Just how it caught has not been definitely determined, while it is understood that it caught from the kitchen flue. During the past few years many persons from different sections of the country have visited these springs, which provide waters that have few equals, for persons in search of health, and the burning of the building which always housed them, will be deeply regretted. It has not been announced whether or not the building will promptly be rebuilt, nor is it known whether or not it was covered by insurance


The Macon Telegraph

Veteran Observes 100th Birthday

The Sidney Lanier chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, today is
sponsoring a program to celebrate the one hundredth birthday anniversary of
Hiram Garrett Van Zandt, the sole survivor of the Confederate Army now
living in Bibb County and one of the few in the entire state.

This celebration birthday would be interesting if only for the fact that the
life of this venerable citizen spans a large part of the most important
history of the United States. When Mr. Van Zandt was born, James K. Polk
sat in the White House as the eleventh president of the United States.
Twenty-two chief executives have succeeded to that important post since our
oldest citizen came into the world on January 18, 1847.

Queen Victoria had covered only 10 of the 64 years of her unprecedented
reign. Only 14 years before the birth of Mr. Van Zandt the first railroad
to carry passengers, extending from Charleston to Augusta, had been
completed. The population of the United States was slightly more than 20
million. Most of the comforts and conveniences which we now accept as
matters of course were still in the womb of time.

Special interest attaches to this survivor of the lost cause. A vast
majority of his comrades who wore the grey have passed over the river to
rest in the shade of the trees. Only here and there throughout the entire
country is there a survivor of either the Union or Confederate Army to
"shoulder his crutch and show how fields were won."

War has taken on a new aspect since Mr. Van Zandt in his teens served as a
Confederate scout at Andersonville. Such redeeming qualities as war could
boast - if indeed, there be anything to redeem mass slaughter - such as the
observance of certain humane regulations imposed by international law, have
given place to Nazi brutality and bloody efficiency of the machine as
applied to military activities.

But the army of the Confederacy still stands high in the pages of history by
reason of its courage and fortitude. The percentage of casualties among the
wheat fields of Gettysburg still remains almost at the peak in the toll of
death and injury.

The bitterness of sectionalism has long since passed away and we all join in
thanks to divine Providence that this is a united country. But it is hoped
that the fundamental principle of states rights which lay at the heart of
the Confederate cause will always be honored and certainly we will continue
to cherish the heroism displayed by those who defended "the storm-cradled
nation that fell."

The Sidney Lanier chapter, UDC, is to be commended for having observed the
birthday anniversary of Mr. Van Zandt for many years preceding this climax.
The warmest congratulations are extended to this solitary veteran who
embodies for us all that was best and noblest in the Confederate Army and
government. (copied from editorial page - The Macon Telegraph, Jan. 18,
1947. Macon, GA)

Submitted by Millie Stewart


The United Daughters of the Confederacy Magazine
January 1948

Hiram Garrett Van Zandt, 1847 - 1947, Bibb County, Georgia's only Confederate
veteran, died on Wednesday, November 5, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B.
Richard Jarrell, in Round Oak. He would have been 101 years old on January

Until a few years ago he lived at his home on Bloomfield Road, Bibb County,
where he enjoyed his garden, his radio and the daily papers; but after the
death of his wife, he went to live with his daughter in Jones County, near
Dames' Ferry.

Mr. Van Zandt was born in Jones County, where his family had settled well
over one hundred years before. At the age of 17 he joined the Confederate
army and served as a private in Company A, Third Georgia Reserves, under
Captain John McManus of Macon. While this regiment was stationed at
Andersonville prison, as a scout his duty was to round up escaped prisoners.
When Camp Lawton, near Millen, was established and Andersonville prison was
abandoned, Mr. Van Zandt went with his company to Camp Lawton. Because of
illness he was sent home on furlough, where he was at the time the war
ended, having served eight months.

For many years the Sidney Lanier Chapter, United Daughters of the
Confederacy, Macon, has feted him on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and his
birthday, the latter being celebrated with a shower of gifts and a birthday
cake. His one great ambition of a few years ago was to live to see the end
of the war with "Germany and Japan." On his last Christmas, he stated his
dearest wish was "better eyes with which to see and better ears for hearing
what is going on around him." He maintained a keen interest in current
events, especially as to "what's doing in Washington." Among his hobbies in
past years was "fiddling."

Despite a recent illness and his enfeebled condition, his last birthday made
him very happy, surrounded as he was by his family and friends, particularly
those of his church. He was a member of Pine Forest Baptist Church.

He was buried in Macon Memorial Park, his casket being covered with a
Confederate battle flag.

Submitted by Millie Stewart


Announcement in "The Macon [GA] Telegraph", Vol. I #54, Nov. 6, 1827:


Benjamin Wetherby, foreman
Isaac Dennis
Allen G. Simmons
Davenport Lawson
Samuel Commander
Lewis Davis
Ephraim Whittington
Samuel W. Hearn
George F. Mathews
James A. Miller
John McBryde
John H. Powell
Jeremiah C. Harvey
Levi Stanford
Robert Curtis
James A. Everett
Daniel Rowe
Thomas Duffie
Patrick M. Calhoun
Seth Carson
John Sealey
John Whittington, Jr.
James Potter
Benjamin F. Harris, Solicitor General
C.M. Roberts, Clerk.


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