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Where to find the Unknown Heros in your Family

Picketts ChargeFrom grammar school on, we learn of famous characters who fought or wars, framed our Constitution, and so on. During the Civil War there were many brave soldiers who fought some pretty tough battles. Take Confederate General Pickens, whose troops charged a Gettysburg hill only to be cut down in cold blood. The charge was ordered by Confederate General Robert E. Lee against the Union position of Major General. George G. Meade situated on Cemetery Ridge. It was July 3, 1863, the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. Actually, Lt. General James Longstreet predicted its doom. The farthest point reached by the attack has been referred to as the high-water mark of the Confederacy. The decision to cross that field was a tactical error; the field which they crossed was full of potholes and there was no visual except for the yankee troops who saw them coming! The genealogist can find his ancestors among the confederates in the pension records, who, if he lived until 1903, began receiving a tiny pension. After the war, wounded confederate soldiers resided in virtual poverty. The Reconstruction Era was frought with carpet baggers who seized properties for unpaid taxes and the improbability of rebuilding the farm. Old newspapers carried accounts of annual reunions, speeches and photos of old gentlemen wearing confederate uniforms. The meetings and speeches encouraged a rebuilding of Southern homes and business. As one continues to scope through the newspapers, the photos reveal an aging lot of white hair and long beards. No one goes to war, then returns to things the way they were, a lovely home or community. It took generations to rebuild the South and the suffering was apparent. My own ancestors eventually left the old farm and moved into the city to find employment. Historians fail to mention those persons who lose a war. Instead, they write of glorious battles and clever tactics. General Sherman burned Atlanta and nearly every town in his path en route to the sea. The minions of the Union Army stretched for miles across the countryside. It had a slave following, one too large for the soldiers to feed. Some bad things happened in Georgia. The yankee patrols stole farm animals and foodstuffs from local farms to help feed their growing army. And then burned down family homes. While the yankee patrols were leaving wives and children without food or hope, upon reaching Sandersville, they drowned a number of slaves in nearby streams. Afterwards, Sherman received a hero's welcome. What I am saying here, is that while historians write glowing accounts of such characters as Sherman, there were many other brave men whose accounts went unrecorded, except in the pension records. What about that history? Georgia Pioneers has the Georgia Civil War Pensions

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  • Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers 

    Douglas County Wills 1870-1916, Bk B & C (Images)
    Douglas County Letters of Administration and Guardianship 1871-1885 (images) 
    Index to Douglas County County Letters of Administration and Guardianship 1871-1885 
    Index to Douglas County Letters of Administration and Guardianship 1882-1934
    Index to Douglas County Wills, Bk A, 1870-1932
    Index to Douglas County Annual Returns, Bk A, 1871-1897
    Index to Douglas County Annual Returns, Bk B, 1886-1899
    Index to Douglas County Inventories and Appraisements, Book A, 1871-1887
    Index to Douglas County Inventories and Appraisements, Book B, 1886-1933
    Douglas County County Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886 
    Douglas County Paupers (1871-1890) 

    Douglas County Will Books B & C 1870-1916. (images). Names of Testators: - Abercrombie, William, Allen, George, Angle, Thomas, Arnold, Mary Annelia, Arnold, Willie, Banks, E. M., Blair, Columbus, Blanchard, Mary A., Blanchard, Thomas, Blanchard, T. J., Bomar, Margaret, Bowen, C. P., Bowen, Melissa, Breed, Nathan, Brown, John, Burnett, J. H., Camp, Wilson, Campbell, A. L., Capps, J. H., Carnes, Peter, Carnes, Sophie, Cochran, Edward, Colclough, Arden, Colclough, J. T., Connally, Thomas, Daniell, George, Daniel, H. J., Daniel, Jeremiah, Daniel, M. M., Dempsey, John Allen, Dingler, John F.,Dorris, Frank, Dorris, Martha Elizabeth, Dorris, William, Eargle, John, Enterkin, John, Ergle, V. F., Estes, Reuben, Farmer, J. W., Farmer, Lucinda, Foster, J. S. and L. F., Fountain, J. W., Gaines, Nannie, Gattis, W. W., Geer, Stella, George, John, Hagan, W. S., Hamby, Newton, Harding, H. L., Mrs., Harding, J. W., Hatchett, Josiah, Helman, T. H., Henderson, W. W., Henley, Tallulah, Hensler, Miles, Hindman, W. W., Hodge, Patterson, Hollis, Josie, House, Wiley T., Howell, William, Hunt, Thomas G., Irwin, F. M., James, C. W., Miss, James, Elizabeth, Johnson, Eulalie Gleason G., Johnston, Richard, Jones, E. F., Kennedy, William, Kilgore, William, Kirby, Charles, Land, Jefferson Howard, Lane, George W., Lane, Jefferson Howard, Lassiter, W. J., Leathers, Peter, Loyd, William, Lumpkin, C. C., Mrs., Malone, Burrell, Massey, R. W., McEwen, Alexander D., McKoy, James, McKoy, Mary, McLarty, Alfred, McLarty, D. H., McWhorter, E. B., Miller, Francis, Morris, Mollie, Morrison, F. B., Mozeley, Glenn, Newborn, Mary, Patterson, Hodge, Peace, Daniel, Peave, H. V., Peels, Annie Marcella, Pharr, T. E., Plaster, E. F., Poole, William, Pounds, Daniel, Pray, Ephraim, Prewett, William, Rainwater, J. H., Rakestraw, John, Read, Helen B., Rice, Leah, Rickerson, Williamson, Roberts, A. C., Rudd, A. C., Rutherford, J. W., Sayer, J. A., Scogin, Wylie, Selman, J. L., Sheffield, Rithia Caroline, Smith, Brad, Smith, I. W., Smith, James G., Smith, Moses, Spencer, John,Stamps, B. H., Spencer, John, Stewart, Francis Marion, Stovall, E. T., Strickland, J. T., Swofford, J. W., Tate, James, Thomas, Mallard, Thompson, Lenora, Turner, Samuel, Upshaw, Isaac D., Vansant, Noah, Vansant, Yong, Walden, W. W., Watkins, Henry, Watkins, Reece, Watson, James, Watson, J. P., Webb, J. A.,Welborn, Cordial, White, L. J., White, Richard, Welborn, Cordial, Willoughby, Thomas, Wingo, Nancy, Wood, W. A., Woodley, George M. 

    Douglas County Wills and Letters of Guardianship 1871-1885 (images). Testators: - Anderson, James B.,Anderson, J. W.,Adair, John T.,Baggett, Stephen,Barnett, William B.,Blanchard, G. F.,Bobo, John, T. A., Breed, Nathan,Bullard, Micajah's orphans,Caldwell, Morgan, Camp, Stephen D.,Casey, Etta J., minor,Conns?, Thomas, orphans of, Daniel, Joseph M.,Edge, John V.,Entrican, John,Entrican, T. A., Farmer, Joseph R.,Freeman, F. M,.Gresham, H. S. and H. W., orphans, Henderson, James H.,Henderson, J. M.,Herring, William J., Higgins minors,Hill, W. P.,Hogan, W. L.,Hough, James M.,Hutchans, Anna, James, Charles J.,James, John,James, Stephen,James, W. M.,James' minors,Johnston, James W.,Lamb, Catherine,Leatherwood, M. E., Liles, Joseph,Loyd, William W.,Maxwell, Mary Ann,McEwen, J. T., McGuire, W. D.,McLarty, Kiser,McLarty, Kiser Orphans,McLarty Orphans, Moore, Jesse F.,Morgan, Eli S.,Mosley, J. S.,Nally, J. B.,Neal, Robert L.,Neal, Robert,Pharr, John W.,Phillips, G. R. and H. C., minors, Reaves, J. M., minor,Rutherford, William,Rutherford, John W.'s Orphans, Scoggins, Wilie,Smith, William B.,Strickland, J. C.,Summerlin, Joseph, Tart, Kiser M.,Umphrey, J. Z., Orphans of,Vandant, Robin,Watkins, A. C.,Wheat, Braswell,White, Wade,Whitty?, E. B.,Wilkerson, F. M.,Winn, F. M.,Winn, G. A.,Winn, Mahala,Winn, William,Youngblood, J. T., minor, Youngblood Orphans 


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