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‘  behalf.’ General Cobb was a zealous member of the Presbyterian church and a very earnest Christian worker. His religious exhortations were full of fervor and power. None who ever heard him on the great theme of salvation can ever forget his words that burned and kindled in the heart of the hearer the desire for a better life. He also felt a profound interest in education, and was the founder of the Lucy Cobb institute at Athens, one of the best of schools for the higher education of young women. It was named in memory of a beloved and departed daughter. His death, like that of Francis Bartow, on a great battlefield and in the zenith of a useful and brilliant career, produced a profound impression.
Brigadier-General Alfred Holt Colquitt was born in Walton county, Ga., on the 20th of April, 1824. After preparatory study in the schools of his State he entered the celebrated college at Princeton, N. J., where he was graduated in 1844. He was admitted to the bar in 1845, but had practiced but a short time when the Mexican war came on, in which he served as a staff major. Upon the return of peace he resumed the practice of law, and in 1855 was elected to Congress, where he served one term. In 1 859 he was elected to the State senate, and in 1860 he served as an elector on the Breckinridge and Lane presidential ticket. He was an ardent Southerner, and after the presidential election of 1860 he felt that the hour for action had come, and earnestly favored the secession of Georgia from the Union. At the very beginning of the war he became captain of a company which was assigned to the Sixth regiment infantry, of which he was elected colonel at the organization, and commissioned May 27, 1861. In October, 1861, he was in command of a brigade near Yorktown, and he and his command were engaged in the battles around Richmond in the spring and summer of 1862. After the departure of McClellan's army for the defense of Washington, the division of D. H.
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