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Macon Telegraph

The Macon Telegraph

Thurs. Sep. 24, 1835 Vol 10 #13

Died in Twiggs Co., on the 15th inst. after an afflictive and lingering indisposition, Mrs. Patience Hodges 62 yrs. of age, leaving her aged spouse, four sons and four daughters.

 (Not my kin-I just try to do what I can for a burned Co.)

 Gerry Hill

Macon Telegraph
Monday Morning, December 21, 1863
Camp Near Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 30th, 1863
Mr. J. Clisby, Editor Macon Telegraph:
Below you will find the casualties of the 59th Georgia Regiment, in the attack on the Fort near this place on the 29th inst., in which much gallantry was displayed by Georgia's brave intrepid sons.

Field and Staff.

Wounded Lt. Col. B.H. Gee, in leg slightly.

Company A Capt. G.W. Jones, Commanding.
Killed Sergt. Thomas Everett.

Capt. G.W. Jones, in the thigh and arm,severely;
Private J.M. Dollar, in thigh and back slightly.

Company B
Capt. G.W. Sparks, Commanding.

Killed James Burgamy.
Wounded Capt. G.W. Sparks, in mouth and face, slightly; Corporals J.W. Harrison, in arm slightly; J.W. Davis, in breast severely; Private R.V. May, both thighs, severely.
Missing Lt. R.T. May and Private G.W. Raschells.

Company C Lt. J. R. S. White, Commanding.
Killed None.
Wounded -- None.
Missing None.

Company D Lt. E.O. Bostick, Commanding.
Killed None.
Wounded Lt. S.H. Massey, in jaw severely; Corporal Isaac Chester, in arm slightly; Privates J.T. Williams, in head slightly; J.A. Thomas, in groins, severely; Joseph Salter, in arm slightly.

Company E Lieut. J.L. Holland, Commanding.
Killed Private A.H. Wheeler.
Wounded None.
Missing Lieut. J.L. Holland.

Company F Capt. Jas. M. Rouse, Commanding.
Killed Private Henry T. Brown.
Wounded Lt. W.L. Story, in thigh slightly; Private J. Odom, in arm slightly.
Missing Sergt. L. Story and Private A. Odom.

Company G Lt. W.C. Bean, Commanding.
Killed Private A.M. Brooks.
Wounded Lt. W.C. Bean, in thigh slightly; Private J.D. Washam, in breast severely.

Company H Not in the engagement.

Company J Lieut. J.R. Latimer, Commanding.
Killed None.
Wounded Sergt. Daniel Amos, in thigh severely; Privates B.H. Hutchinson, in shoulder and leg severely; C. E. Little in shoulder, severely.

Company K Capt. S.H. Gates, Commanding.
Killed none.
Wounded Lt. Henry C. Gates, in foot slightly; Sergt. J. Carr, in hip slightly.
Missing Sergt. G. Holomon and Private Jas. Strozier.


Killed 5
Wounded 21
Missing 7
Total Loss 33

Please publish the above and oblige,
Very truly yours, &c. S.P.O.
The index will please copy. S.P. Odom, Clerk of Reg't.

All of the killed were brought off the field under flag of truce and buried as well as circumstances would permit, with graves marked. Also, all the wounded, except those that were stated as missing, were brought off and cared for.
The entire brigade was engaged, and the other regiments suffered in like manner. The 7th, 8th and 11th Georgia regiment and the 9th and 59th Georgia regiments composing a second line, and was commanded by Major Jones, of the 9th Georgia regiment.

Chickamauga has provided many tales of the struggle there. Some of these are as follows:
There is only one grave remaining on the battlefield from the battle. The Union soldiers were reburied at the National Military Cemetery in Chattanooga and the Confederate dead were reinterred at the Confederate Cemetery in Marietta or claimed by family members. The one remaining grave belongs to a young orphan soldier, Private John Ingraham of the 1st Confederate Regiment, Georgia Volunteers, who was buried by his comrades where he fell and his body has remained there to this day. After the War was over, all Confederate soldiers were required to take an oath of allegiance to the Union before they were allowed to become U. S. citizens again.
One such story is that a number of men were before Union General Butler to take the oath of allegiance. One of them, a wag in his way, looked at the General, and with a peculiar Southern drawl, said: "We gave you hell at Chickamauga, General!"
The General was furious at the man's familiar impudence and threatened him with all sorts of punishment. Again came that drawling voice, repeating the first part of the statement, but he was stopped by the General, who ordered him to take the oath of allegiance to the United States at once or he would have him shot. After some hesitation, looking into General Butler's fierce eye, he reluctantly consented to take the oath. After taking the oath, he looked calmly into General Butler's face, and drew himself up as if proud to become a citizen of the United States and a member of the Yankee Army, and said: "General, I suppose I am a good Yankee and citizen of the United States now?" The General replied in a very fatherly tone, "I hope so." "Well, General," he replied, "the rebels did give us hell at Chickamauga, didn't they?"
The only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor was Dr. Mary Walker, assistant surgeon of the 52nd Ohio Infantry. She was awarded the medal for her valuable service at Chickamauga and later.

The last words of Confederate General Benjamin Helm, Mary Lincoln's brother-in-law, as he lay dying on the Chickamauga battlefield were "Victory" uttered over and over again.


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