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 United States military academy in 1879 and 1887. He had as well drilled and disciplined a body of police as could be found in any city of the Union.
Brigadier-General Francis S. Bartow, a native of Georgia, was at the beginning of the war a prominent lawyer of Savannah and recognized as one of the leading members of the Georgia legislature. Of high social standing and great personal magnetism, he was a rising man in Georgia politics, and could have held prominent positions in the councils of the Confederacy had he not chosen service in the field. He was a member of the provisional Congress which met at Montgomery, February 4, 1861, and at its second session he was chairman of the military committee. He was also captain of a volunteer company in the city of Savannah, known as the Oglethorpe infantry, which had been organized in 1856 and consisted almost entirely of sons of the old and honored families of the city. A detail from this popular company formed part of the detachment that under the orders of Governor Brown had seized Fort Pulaski near the mouth of the Savannah river before the secession of the State of Georgia. Captain Bartow was in communication with his company, and as soon as the act authorizing war troops was passed, he informed his company of the fact by telegraph. A meeting of the ‘Oglethorpes’ was promptly called, and amid the wildest enthusiasm a resolution passed tendering their services to the Confederate President for the war. The tender was immediately flashed over the wires and as promptly accepted. This company is claimed to have been the first in the Confederate States that offered its services for the entire war. It was attached to the Eighth Georgia regiment, of which Bartow was elected colonel; was ordered to Virginia, and beginning with the First Manassas, it went through the greatest battles of the most stupendous conflict of modern times. The ‘Oglethorpes’ left for Virginia on May 21, 1861,
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