"HEROES OF THE CONFEDERACY"
"Interesting Article About the Ellijay Men Who Served
the Southland in the War Between the States."
(Published in The Franklin Press, May 28, 1920)
names of Southern heroes of the Civil War have not
been placed on the tablets in the Arlington Memorial
Ampitheater (sic) recently completed. It seems
that the money for the construction of this memorial
was provided from Government funds. It was
dedicated "to the heroes of all the wars of the
United States". Representative Upshaw, of
Georgia, protested in the lower house of Congress
that the names of such men as Lee and Jackson should
be included in any list of American heroes.
Representative Madden, of Illinois, replied:
"Those men were traitors to their country in
its hour of need."
Of course it is absurd to call men of the Confederate army traitors. The constitution defines a traitor as one who gives aid or comfort to the enemies of the country in time of war. The Southern States left the Union in a time of peace, and did not fight till they were compelled to do so.
The right of a state to repeal the law which its legislature had passed to put the State into the Unions, was strongly upheld by all New England only forty years before the Civil War. Even when sectional feeling was at its height, such men as Webster and Greeley recognized the fact that the South had as much right to leave the Union as the thirteen colonies had to revolt against British rule. All fair historians, even those raised in New England, will admit that there are no conclusive proofs that secession was illegal.
All the nobler men of the North have honored the bravery and devotion to duty that were characteristic of the Confederate soldier. But some little-minded Northerners, like Representative Madden, have thought that they could show their loyalty to the United States by speaking evil of the "Southern rebels'" We must see to it that this latter class of Northerners do not detract from the glorious fame which the Confederate soldiers so richly deserve.
At the call of duty these "heroes in grey with hearts of gold" marched out to battle and won surprising victories over armies that were far superior to them in numbers, and still farther ahead in the matter of equipment. The men of the Confederate army rank high among the heroes of America, and of the world!
Here is an Honor Roll of the brave men who went from Ellijay valley to fight for the freedom of the South:
|Tom Henry||John Dills (?)|
|Leander Ledford||Alex Ledford|
|Big Higdon||Joe Higdon|
|Dr W A Moses||J M O Peek|
|Mark Moses||Hosea Moses|
|Bill Young||Larkin Moses|
|Nerve Frady||Jackson Moore|
|Jim Ammons||John Ammons|
|Marion Dills||Rufus Henry|
|Levi Blackburn||Ed Blackburn|
|David Mincey||Henry Mincey|
|Joe Clark||Thomas R Gray|
|(Deaf) Jim Peek||Ulric Keener|
|Henry Gregory||Burr Allen|
|Bill Hasket||Jim Bryson|
|Bill Corbin||Bill Henry|
|Billy Postell (?)||John Thomas|
|Parker Moore||John Ammons|
|George Ammons||Leander Corbin|
|Irvin Frady||John Knight|
|Joe Carroll||Joshua Bolick|
|J Young||Mellville Gray|
|H P Carpenter||Jesse Robeson|
|Emerest Gray||Henry Wright|
|David Robeson||Rufus Robeson|
|Bill Wright||James A Mincey|
|Thomas Watson||_______ Doogan|
|Isom Franks||Charlie Robeson|
|John Cornet||Bill Blackburn|
|Little Johnnie Coon Ammons|
James L Robeson (It is not certain whether Capt.
Robeson considered himself a citizen of Ellijay
valley or not.)
No doubt many nicknames appear in this list, but it was impossible to get the correct initials in many cases, and probably the nickname will be recognized by many readers who would not remember the soldier's nickname.
R. N. M.
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