A gallant example.
--No instance of patriotic devotion to the South
has come within our knowledge more entitled to honorable mention, than that of Gen. John W. A. Sanford
, of our city, who will in a few days tender himself to the "Baldwin Blues," now in Virginia
, as a private
in their company.
, until his resignation a few months past, commanded a division of the militia of this State thirty years as Major General
, with great efficiency, and with marked benefit to our citizen soldiers.
His first connection with military life was in 1827, when he was the confidential Aide-de-camp of Gov. Troup
He was subsequently elected a representative in Congress, but resigned before taking his seat, to accept a special agency tendered him by President Jackson
of Indian Reserves in the Creek
In the Cherokee District he also had a special military command under the administration of Gov. Gilmer
, which he performed with credit to himself and with advantage to the public.
More recently Gen. Sanford
was appointed by the Georgia Convention as Commissioner
, and through his able and zealous efforts the people of that State were fully aroused to the work of secession, which was soon nobly accomplished at the ballot box. Such a soldier, and such a gentleman of the most elevated character, seeking to serve his country as a private in her armies, is a sublime picture to contemplate!--Milledgeville Recorder.