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Brandon Sumner

Obituary of Jefferson C. Brandon, Stilesboro, Georgia.

Jefferson C. Brandon died at Stilesboro, Ga., on February 29, 1920, aged eighty-one years.

Born May 9, 1839, and descended from one of the oldest and most influential families of Bartow County, Ga., Mr. Brandon lived up to the standards of good breeding, good citizenship, and useful deeds. In his early youth he joined the Methodist Church and further committed his life to Christian precepts.

In 1861 he helped to organize and joined Company F, 18th Georgia Regiment, and served bravely and gallantly throughout the war. He was elected sergeant and afterwards was made first lieutenant. At Gettysburg he was slightly wounded, but remained in the service until April 6, 1865, when he was captured and sent to Johnson's Island and there held until June 19, 1865. He participated in the battles of Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Seven Day's Battles around Richmond, Gaines's Mill, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, the battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Cedar Creek, and then in the sieges of Richmond and Petersburg.

He was married in 1878 to Miss Kate Sumner, and into his home life he carried the loving and affectionate care and devotion of a big and true heart to wife and children.

His life was well spent. Family and friends look back with laudable pride upon his record as a Confederate soldier, his performance of the duties of citizenship, and his kindly indulgence to his family. His comrades of P. M. B. Young Camp, U. C. V., with willing tongues and earnest hearts declare:

"He resteth well.
Life's battles bravely fought and nobly won,
He laid him down content at set of sun,
As twilight shadows fell."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1920.

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