This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
 escorted to the train by all the military organizations of the city and by an immense throng of citizens, amid the thundering salutes of artillery. The fact that their captain was so prominent a member of the Confederate Congress and such an eminent Georgian, gave special éclat to him and his company. They carried off with them their arms belonging to the State, and the fact that this was done without the consent of the executive of Georgia, led to some sharp correspondence between Governor Brown and Captain Bartow. It was in one of these communications that Bartow uttered the memorable saying, ‘I go to illustrate Georgia.’ And he did illustrate his native State gloriously on the field of Manassas, where he poured out his life's blood for the cause of the South. General Beauregard, after describing the final charge at Manassas, which swept the Federals from the Henry house plateau, securing to the Confederates full possession of the field, says: ‘This handsome work, which broke the Federal fortunes of the day, was done, however, at severe cost. The soldierly Bee and the impetuous Bartow, whose day of strong deeds was about to close with such credit, fell a few rods back of the Henry house, near the very spot whence in the morning they had looked forth upon Evans' struggle with the enemy.’ Beauregard, in his official report, speaking of the death of General Bartow, Colonel Fisher and LieutenantCol-onel Johnson, says that they, ‘in the fearless command of their men, gave earnest of great usefulness to the service had they been spared to complete a career so brilliantly begun.’
Brigadier-General Henry Lewis Benning was born in Columbia county, Ga., April 2, 1814. After thorough preparation in the best schools of his native State, he entered the university of Georgia, at Athens, in August, 1831, where he was graduated in August, 1834, being awarded the first honors in a class noted for men of eminence
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.