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A number of other important matters were acted upon, among them the
inauguration of an auxiliary society, to he styled the Condfederate Veterans'
Burial society.

Members of the Fulton County Confedrate Veterans' Association will he
eligible to membership in this society. At his death each member of it will
receive a benefit of fifty dollars. It is to be conducted on the assessment plan,
each member paying fifty cents upon the death of any one of the members of
the Confederate Veterans' Burial society.

The society will begin operations just as soon as one hundred members are
enrolled. This feature of the Association will doubtless prove a great benefit,
especially in the burying of those indigent veterans whose families are not able
to bear the expense of appropriate funeral services, hut to whom the thought
of being buried by charity is painful. It will he a comfort to them to know
that by paying an occasional fifty cents, when they themselves answer the Inn-
roll, they will be entitled to a decent burial and not he the subjects of charity.

Some time ago a committee was appointed to arrange for the observance of
Memorial day. This committee asked for further time, at February meeting,
and in doing so took occasion to outline its plan. The plan was to invite all
the surviving generals of the Confederate army to Atlanta for that occasion,



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and M was suggested thai an encampment of three days of Confederate Veterans

5 all the ■ ands be Held al Grant Park from April 35th to the 27th, inclu-

sive. This feature has been determined upon.

,,, accordance with the request of John O. Waddell, a committee of 11. F.
Starke F T Ryan and C. EL D'Alvigney was appointed to consider the raising
I,,' a ,,„„,,„ !„.!,, place headstones on the -raves of Confederate soldiers buried
0D rohnson's Island. Mr. Waddell submitted a communication in which he
stated thai Columbus and Macon had raised a portion of the $500 necessary.

Quite a number of new members were elected, and a batch of new appli-
cations received.

\, the conclusion of the Association's regular business, in February, the
second of the monthly reminiscent papers was read by Mr. Frank T. Ryan
M„ Ryan's paper was higly entertaining and altogether valuable as a piece of
un\\ ritt( n history.

Bis theme was. "Jusl Before and During the Battle of Chickamauga, as
Viewed by a Participant on the Confederate Side."

V, ur meeting in November, L889, our Chaplain (Rev. T. P. Cleveland)
read a very interesting communication for our historical records. His subject
was of General Paul J. Semmes.

\, our meeting in March. L890, Col. Z. .V. Rice presented a sketch of his
services in two wars, and gave a fine outline of the service of Cobb's Legion in
the late war.

Al ourlasl January meeting, Col. L. P. Thomas read an essay on the
"Battle of Resaca."

This new brings US up to late date in our relation of events connected
with our Association proper. During the pasl year I have tried at various
meetings to excite a livelj Lnteresl amongsl the members as to the importance
Of our historical records and reminiscences It gives me pleasure to report
thai in some measure or degree the numbers of our Association are beginning
to realize and appreciate the importance of these matters for our history, and
we ma;, hope thai in a few more years we may have a splendid basis of facts
for the future writers of our uw o Confederate history of the war.

We have endeavored to obtain facts ;„ two ways. First by the personal

historj Of the members as |,, iheir individual records, in their private adven

and their public offices. Second to obtain reminiscent reviews of dis-
tinguished Confederate officers, and of the mosl noted or famous army divisions,
brigades and regiments.

We presenl with this reporl sketches of a few of our well known veterans
who are members of our Association. We presenl firsl our first president and
commander —

WU.IilAM \M BROSE W RIGHT.

He was the eldesl son of General Ambrose R. Wright. He was born in
Louisville, Jeffei on County, Ga., on the L9th of January, 1*44 Be received



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a common school education in the academy of thai town. At the outbreak of
the civil war, 1861, he enlisted as a private in company (' (Dawson Grays), in
the Third Georgia Regiment. His father was the Colonel of thai regiment,
and became later the Brigadier General of the famous "Rans. Wright's
brigade." W A. Wright was appointed to a position on his father's stall' in
August, 1862. At the second battle of Manassas lie was wounded in his right
knee, and his leg was amputated, necessitating his return home, where lie re-
mained until April, 1863, when he rejoined his command. He was captured
on June 18th, 1863, on the march to Gettysburg, by New York cavalry, and
was imprisoned at Johnson's Island until May, 1864, when he was exchanged
and returned to his position in the army. He was ,it the siege of Petersburg,
but was transferred to duty at Augusta, (4a., December, 1864, and put in
charge of the ordnance supplies at that point for the equipment of Johnson's
army, where he remained till the close of hostilities. At the close of the war,
without means to complete his education, he entered upon manual labor, so far
as he was able, to aid in support of his father's family, who, being barred from
the practice of his profession, the law, and his property swept away, was driven
to dire necessities. The subject of our sketch hauled the product of the little
farm to market, which his father had made and gathered. When the political
disabilities of his father were removed, he entered at once upon a large and
lucrative practice, and the son .was then enabled to enter upon a life career.

Col. Wright was appointed Comptroller General by Governor A. 11. Col-
quitt, on September 17, 1879, to fill the unexpired term of W. L. Goldsmith.
and has, under the new Constitution of the State, been three times nominated
and elected by the people without opposition, a compliment enjoyed by few
officers who have ever served the State. The office of the Comptroller General
is one of the most important in the State. To all intents and purposes he is the
business manager of the vast and complicated machinery for the raising and
disbursement of the large revenue of the commonwealth, and upon his efficiency
and capability depend in large measure the interest and well being of the
citizen, insofar as the payment of taxes and their proper application to the
diverse and varied purposes of government are concerned. That any man
should have performed the services incident to this trying and important posi-
tion for a number of years with the approval of the people, is a compliment to
his integrity, faithfulness, and qualifications that any man might be proud to
possess. This important office is at present filled by Hon. W. A. Wright, the
subject of this sketch, and so his antecedents and personal record become a
subject of public interest.

Our first Vice-President was Colonel John Millcdge. I have given a sketch
of his services in another article, concerning the Georgia Military Institute and
its cadets. He was a graduate of that Institute in 1857.

PRESIDENT W. I,. CALHOUN.

In the Spring of 1862, Win. Lowndes Calhoun, with the aid of Roberl F.

Maddox, organized in the city of Atlanta a company of infantry, which was
named the "Calhoun Guard," in honor of his lather, lion, .lames M. Calhoun.
In March, 1862, the companies then assembled at (amp McDonald, a place
3



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i * + i„«t?o T?-iilrnarl were organized into

, rBigS ty.on the West* £ ; ' , ° ^ . llt 42 d 'regimen, of

regi «, »■»■ "<'f ", ;';;:[;', , " ,, ' M, regime-., and de.signa.ed

'■ -» v » l ;'' i ';: : ;:i;: :,:;,H,.Li-. c ...o.fcy-

as company K. Lol. Maaaox. u Pilhoun First Lieutenant.

• ■ -»"<»■ '''""' t ai ° '" ,' \:,, Id Li "... Colonel. Lieu..

«*« '""' ! 'V:,r J Kd! ' 1 ■ • " SSL- the company un.i,

Ca onwasimmediatel; .1 ectao al Georeia was com-

the war e A. He was then &4 yean ; of ag£ The* 8 m

m led by C ,el, afterwards ^^f'^7^ ord er of General E.

,„,, ordered to East Tennessee, where ( apt Ca l.n, y o{

Kirhv Smith, was detached from the «° d ™^°™™ G a Upon arrival
.,„„,' ,iv, hundred prisoners and carry then .to *^™^ d ou lle coast ,

at Ma, they received orders fromGen Lee, ^^°^ ^ was tlien

,;,, ll ., ia , to take the prisoners ,0 Mad »»»• «;; " h „ t ^re eight months, and
P' I |" S"«^y^^r'o7^rwrwh? visited him a,

SS^tSSf- -.»! ^X^yoTngTm™

m * « «• * "^SSJ; Mi^" n,° hlgh U .ha. memorahle

, " i " im '' "",'';";:;:::,; «S* hour's service. Was engaged in the
,,„„,,:„=.,. il sis months, ' Vicksburg, remaining
I Baker's Creek and -'' '-.'"„, '„.„,,,,,,,,, t Ji „„d water

"'' " . " Ld Gen! Johnson's army, until severely wounded m the

wiili id", rsraggs aiiu v< , , . ■ 4i.„ i,,fi l.in wh lc eh;ir°-

oecond day's fighl al Resaca, Ga., having been shol m the left hip whde cnarg

, . ,.,;,„„, rank8 . This wound came aear being fatal, and never healed

°U long afte the war. He was, however, in part of Hood's campaign m Ten-

,„.,,„, iointn earm 3 In North Carolina, but his wound pre-

3 ^CamounwaLvery often ordered on detached duty and was for

pesident of the examining hoard of his brigade. This regiment

m l S Eton's, Stovall's, and Henderson's Brigades at different times

: , S5» nson's and Stewart's Dh Isions. Since the war he has held varum.

SS^We positions, and has discharged the duties of all in an honorable man-

' , m( , J, h „„, a ' pproV ai of his constituents. In 1S80 he was the Mayor of

,■;:, tolSBI h was aominated and elected by the people of Fulton

Commas the Ordinary. Hehasl n re elected each succeeding tern, and .is

„„.<„,,;„:„, of Fun- County. His bemg continued m the < >ffl ce *a

,,, aition of his efficiency and integrity as an officer. In April 1888, he was

„ bj thi8 Association as President and Commander, and makes a splendid



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officer. In the organization of the Confederate Survivors' Association, in
August, 1889, he was selected as one of the Division Commanders of thai or-
ganization— his division being the fifth Congressional dwtricl of Georgia. Be

is a popular gentleman, and well beloved by all the Confederate veterans.

VICE-PRESIDENT HUGH II. COLQUITT,

The subject of this sketch is one of our most zealous and and active
veterans. His father was a prominent man in Geoigia, Hon. W. 'I'. Colquitt.
At the opening of the war Hugh Colquitt was a lad of about fifteen years old.
He was in Emory College, at Oxford, Ga., and stood first in his class. When
Fort Sumter was fired, excitement ran high all over the country, and of course
had its effect on boys in colleges as well as older men. Hugh Colquitt left the
college, and went to his home in Macon, Ga., and on the liith of April, 1861,
he enlisted as a private in the Second Georgia Battalion. The battalion was
composed of the "City Light Guards," of Columbus, Ga., under (apt. Peyton
H. Colquitt ; the "Floyd Rifles," of Macon, Ga., under (apt. Thomas Harde-
man ; the "Macon Volunteers." of Macon, under ('apt. Robert A. Smith ; the
"Spalding Grays," of Griffin, Ga,, under Capt. Doyle. Persons who are
familiar with Georgia History and heraldry, will recognize at once the splendid
personnel of that battalion. It was composed of some of the very best of
Georgia's sons, in wealth, social dignity, and Southern chivalry. Eugh ( lolquitl .
though a mere boy, was thoroughly imbued with the spirit of the times, and
was fully determined to go to the war with his people.

On the night of April 19th, his battalion left Macon, and went to Virginia,
as among the first Gerorgia soldiers who went to Virginia. Tiny arrived at
Portsmouth while the Navy Yard was still burning, in a very few hours after
the Federals evacuated that place. The company of which Hugh Colquitl was a
member was in the first fight in Virginia, at Sewell's Point, on the 20th of Ma\ ,
1861. The 2d Georgia Battalion had been trained in heavy artillery by Capt.
Peyton Colquitt, who was a graduate of West Point -Military Academy. They
had four short "32 pounders" in the battery at Sewell's Point. They opened
fire on the "Monticello," lying out about 1000 yards. The firing was returned
by the vessel, and it was kept up for an hour or so. Neither side did much
harm, if any. No one was hurt of the Confederates, though shells were thrown
amongst them, and they were much excited. * The \essel drew away This
was the 20th of May, and the battle of "Big Bethel" did not occur until the
10th of June, of that year, 1861. Hugh Colquitl remained as a private in Capt.
Peyton Colquitt's company, for about 18 months, when he joined the brigade
of his brother, General Alfred H. Colquitt. Be served as a courier for some
time, and then was appointed as aid-decamp, with the rank of flrsl lieutenant,
and was afterwards promoted to the rank of captain. His service was all in
Virginia, excepting when his brigade was sent to BatteryWagner, and to Florida.
They were in Fort Wagner most of the time during the siege there, and then
went to Florida, and won the renowned battle of Ocean Pond, or Olustee. In
this battle his horse was shot under him while in a charge, and the Captain was
mentioned for gallantry on the field . The brigade returned to Virginia, and
were with General Jackson's corps until uearlj the end, when lhe\ went to



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A , ,, ,.,„,, toe »:., ^ apt. H H C wasadmitted t„ the bar there.

raid law with Col. L. «. wmrae, u , „ ere Geii Howell Cobb,

N „ n ' Tenn and the Furman Fann Improvement Co at Eas Pom tin
ps Cnunu Ga Lately he has been a corresponding editor of the Atlanta
, ,, ,nal. and his communications in that paper have been -yin^esP

f n g 2 various subjects. Be has also been speaking m many counties of the
State on leading topics of public interest.

V. a ,,,,■;,„ i our Association he has been zealous to all good works,
^ wJ an active participant in the convention which organized the Confede-
rate Survivors' Association of Georgia. Gen. Gordon, asCommander-in-Chief
anpoin^ed Capl Colquitl as Adjutant-General of the State organization of
• ! . Ca„. Colquitt and his wife -stained a grievous misfortune m the
lo^oTtheir only son about ^oyearsago. They had made every effort and
,,k, ,, every care to bring him up to be a good and useful man, and rust as he
*as grown and a bright promise of lite, everything they could wish him to be
h( . JL taken away by death, and they have been left desolate. Capt. Colquitt
is yel in prime of life, and we wish him many years yet of happiness and use-
fulness.

K. i . DIVINE, srKGKON C. V. A.

\n„„, ■ B 1 veterans we may take a note of Dr. K. C. Divine. He

ia , popular gentleman and prominent physician in our city. He was a surgeon
ln the Confederate army. About May 3d, 1861, he joined Captain OR. bin-
eleton's companj al Canton, Miss., and went to Corinth. Miss., wherethe
Mississippi troops were directed to asserableand organize into regiments. After
, ,hort Btaj there, the 18th Mississippi regiment was formed under Col. Burt
.,,„, Lieut Col Thomas Griffin, and they were ordered to Manassas, in Vir-
„ ini , camping there on the Railroad and al Bull Run, two miles north of
Managua Barlj in the daj of the firsl battle of Manassas his regiment was
sent in double quick time to McClain's Ford, where later in the day they were
, ,, ln ,,„. ba ttle after crossing the creek. Dr. Divine remained with his
command mi after the battle of Leesburg or Hall's Bluff. From there he was
p naacola, Fla. There for a Bhort time he was Medical Director, jusl
before Its evacuation, under Gen. Thomas M. Jones. From there he was
ordered to Mobile for duty, then to Corinth, then to Chattanooga, Tenn., and
then Into Kentuckj with Gen. Bragg tfter the battle at Perryville, he re-
mained on the field in charge of the Confederate wounded until all received
, .,,,,,,] attention. Then he disposed of his horse and tried to reach the army,



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which was then at and around Wartrace and Tullahoma. He was placed in
Brood street prison by order of Gen. Bozes. He was imprisoned one week,
and was released by order of Gen. Buell, and transportation given to Memphis.
He then rejoined his regiment, then under (Jen. Walthall, and continued then
to share the service, the trials, the disappointments, and the humiliation of the
Army of the Tennessee till its final overthrow. Dr. Divine has been engaged
in the practice of medicine in Atlanta since the war. and has been successful
and progressive. He is a very affable gentleman, modest and sensible, and
liked by all who know hirn. In April, 1888, he was chosen as the Surgeon of
the Confederate Veterans' Association, and so again in 1SS9. We all wish that
he may live long and prosper.

Another member of our Association I may mention, in these personal
reviews, is our former City Recorder

HON. JAMES A. ANDERSON.

He is well-known here of recent date. He was born on February 6, 1846,
in that part of old Paulding county which is now in Polk county, Georgia,
eight miles west of Cedartown. His parents moved to Alabama, and they re-
sided in that part of that State now known as Clay and Cleburne counties.
Such education as he received was in the "old field schools" of his boyhood,
or the common schools of the country. Being of good mind naturally, he
made good progress in his studies, and is now a well educated gentleman.

I beg pardon for a short digression just here, to remark that the "old field
schools," as they were often called, of the olden times, were not at all inferior,
but in my belief were far superior, to this new system of school teaching in
these days, coming to us as many others of the evils and ills of our defeat and
reconstruction. The ol<^ system of common schools, commonly known as
schools of the three R's — "readin, ritin, and 'rithmetic" — with a pedagogue
who was willing to give a full day of instruction to his scholars, and who
found it to be a "delightful task to rear the tender thought and teach the young
idea how to shoot," was one of the features of our Southern society and civili-
zation, and I am constrained to believe was more conducive than our new sys
term* to a thorough education, and to a better sense of the true principles of
our institutions of a good and free government. It seems that we have de-
parted from the true line in such matters as far as I have digressed from my
subject of this sketch. Let us return and proceed properly.

In January, 1864, James A. Anderson was mustered into the Confederate
service by Lieutenant T. J. Loveless, anil on the 1st of February. 1864, lie re
ported for duty, at Dalton, Ga,, as a private in company (', of the Fifty sixth
Georgia Regiment, and was with the regiment all the way from Dalton to
Atlanta before Sherman's army in their march through Georgia, and was in the
fight at Mill Creek Gap, in February, 1804, and in the fighting around Dalton

in May; also at Resaca, in the two days' battle, being on picket dui\ the boc I

morning there, just in front of the guns which General Hood lost there, lie
was on the skirmish lines at Cassville, and in the battle at New Hope Church,
and in the battle of Culp's farm, June 22, 1804, and in the fighting around
Atlanta during the siege. In the Fall of 1864 lie was in Hie hospital at Augusta
for a while. He reported for duty again in his regiment at Corinth, and nut



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m ■ : '"">^":f^ ^consolidation to North Carolina he

S££^££5£S- ****** « in ■- a

was so paroled, ,„.i n ,„l ; n farm work through that year

' ; ' 1 "' ^ ■"' V ' 2 1866 Hto career here is generally well known.
to A. lama. December 20 L8I 16 _ ^ gr0 cer, a newspaper reporter,

rjsE^^J^sW"* Jr ° -

,„ to iacreaaing >>";"'" - -;' '"7JL „„, daughter and threesons living His

* ^.'"^^"HetaTXuonLhnBhand, a tender lather, and

,■„,, daughter diedtn 1878. » a . ^^ rf , 1r . l „„ c

LTt'S^ta^^hf-tho, gh. ionandperpetoityofour

CAPTAIN "Til*" HARRISON.

™ i' f ,i„. Executive Department, entered the army

/ ", ""IT; «-" • " - » Lieutenant of ,h, Barto.

n November, L861 . al < ignw • nqs ; ffne( j to duty as company

Guards, of Stewart county. The compan r «J*™B ™* £ * Lieutenant-

E of the Thirty-firsi Georgia Regiment Colonel J i ^

Col ">. .' Hi,, a,,,. Ma.i, =

stationed aear Savannah. 11» Lnirty nrs before the

renton Springs, second ManM f M ^ ha ^'^X Ssburg Mine Run,
cheBter L868; Rappahannock Wrightsville JflO 12 18 and 19; Hanover,

• „, ; mdedatCold Harbor, on the a,,,,, by ragmen ofsheU

^maSe prisoner at Bharpsbnrg, Md., and thus prevented from ta^anj

, ure in October, and kept as a prisoner until after the surrender.
1 , , ftel . reaching his nineteenth year he was promoted to the capta nc

ofli^SirSit. -der w, nd in rank among th e cap tarn.

oM iis regiment. His company was the color company, and was alway* con

pin thisac, -. A. many as ten of his '■••»M«"»y;v,n ; 1^ »»

Les, »hol down with the flag, but fortunately none war killed while bearing

i( _ ai Monocacy three color bearers were wounded.



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The brigade to which Captain Harrison belonged was one of the best in
Lee's army. Its commanders were Generals Alex. R. Lawton, John B. Gor-
don, Clement A. Evans, and Marcellus Douglass, who was senior Colonel com-
manding at Chautilly and Sharpstmrg, and covered himself with -lory. 'Phis
brave and dashing young officer (Colonel Douglass) was killed at Sharpsburg.

Captain Harrison was a midshipman at Annapolis, M<1 , in 1858, 1859, and
part of 1860, and his military training at this school enabled him to till the
position to which he was chosen by his company at the outset of his career as
a soldier. His company was a large one, numbering at one time one hundred
and twenty-seven men for duty, and during the war there were in the aggre-
gate one hundred and sixty-eight members of the command. Three Second
Lieutenants, three Sergeants, and a few privates surrendered at Appomattox.
Since the war he has farmed, practiced law, and has been a member of the
Legislature from Stewart county. When General Gordon became Governor
he tendered to Captain Harrison a position in the Executive Department of
State, and he accepted it, and now occupies the position.

PRIVATE LAWRENCE LUTZ,

Is another earnest veteran. He was born in Bavaria, Germany, on March
3, 1843. When he was ten years of age he immigrated to America, and Ins
family settled in Indiana At the opening of the war Lawrence Lutz was in
New Orleans, and he enlisted as a private in company E, in First Regiment
Louisiana Infantry Regulars, on the Kith day of April, 1861, being then eigh-
teen years old. He was mustered into service on the 19th of April, 1861, and
they went to Pensacola, Fla., a few days later. The first Colonel of the regi-
ment was Gladden, who was killed at Shiloh. The next Colonel was Dan.
W. Adams. In March, 1862, the regiment was sent to Corinth, Miss., and
took part in the battle "of Shiloh, 5th and 6th of April, the regiment losing
90 killed and 240 wounded, out of 450 men in action. In the Hank movement
on Chattanooga, this regiment marched across North .Mississippi and Alabama,
guarding wagon trains. They then followed General Bragg into and through
Kentucky and back to Mnrfreesboro, Tenn , where they engaged in battle.
They then retreated to Chattanooga, and were in the battle of Chickamauga.
In that battle Lawrence Lutz was hit three times by minnie balls, the last one
passing through his left ankle joint, and crippling him for life. He was sent
to Atlanta — to hospital — and later to Griffin, and at last was cared for by farm-
ers around Mt. Zion camp ground, in Spalding county, till the close of the
war. He was then here as a stranger, without home, nowhere to go, as his
people were all with the Yankees. He went on crutches, but with a strong-
will to overcome difficulties he went to work, and has secured a competency,
and is in fairly comfortable circumstances.

In March, 1866, he married a Georgia lady, in Milton county, >ur MisB
Annie Morris. Her mother's maiden name was Miss Elizabeth Kendall, of the
old-time families of Middle Georgia. They have six children. Under the
State pension act of 1886 he was granted an allowance of $25 00 on account of
his wounded ankle. Under the later act he applied for the pension, but his

« implication was rejected, of which he complains, and lias heretofore brought



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