ended, he led the gentle life of a planter until summoned from that repose by the call of his native State.
Entering the service of the Confederacy
as the Lieutenant-Colonel
of the Sixteenth regiment, Georgia
infantry—then commanded by that distinguished Georgian, Howell Cobb
—he gave to the Southern
cause his loyal and unswerving allegiance.
Shortly after the memorable battle of Sharpsburg
, in which, as Colonel
of his regiment, he bore a brave part, he was advanced to the grade of Brigadier-General
and assigned to the command of the Tenth, Fiftieth, Fifty-third, and Fifty-fifth regiments, Georgia infantry, McLaws
's division, Longstreet
's corps, Army of Northern Virginia.
With this brigade he continued to share the perils, the privations, and the glories of that hitherto invincible army until, on the 10th of April, 1865, it was, in the language of its illustrious commander, after four years of arduous service, marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources.
All struggles, dangers and uncertainties ended, he rests with those he loved, and the flowers of affection, respect, and veneration are blooming above his peaceful grave.
On the 12th of January last another of our companions-Captain DeRosset Lamar
—was taken from us. He was an aide-de-camp at first to Brigadier-General Robert Toombs
, then to Major-General William H. T. Walker
, and lastly to Brigadier-General Alfred Cumming
When General Cumming
was wounded, Captain Lamar
was assigned to duty with Colonel Roman
as an Assistant Inspector-General
Then, on the 15th of February, after a long illness, Private Eugene Conner
, of the Washington Artillery, found friendly sepulture in our Confederate section.
And, on the 18th of last month, Private William Teppe
, of Company D, Fifth regiment, South Carolina cavalry, Butler
's division, Hampton
's corps, Army of Northern Virginia, responded to the trump which summoned him to the bivouac of the dead.
Alas! the circle of our fraternity is narrowing.
It will grow rapidly smaller as the years roll on; and soon, aye, very soon, so far at least as we are concerned, there will be only silent graves to greet the sun as he ushers in the return of this Memorial Day.
There is another name high on the roll of the distinguished dead who have departed within the last twelve-month—a name prominent in the annals of this State and nation—a name intimately associated with the memories of this region, and suggestive of much that was great and attractive—a name which should not be forgotten in this