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Branham Carr Lanier

Obituary of J. W. Branham, Covington, Georgia.

J. W. Branham was born at Eatonton, Ga., July 27, 1841, and died on July 30, 1915. He was the oldest son of Walter R. and Elizabeth Flournoy Branham and spent most of his life at Oxford, Ga. He volunteered from his county in April, 1861, at twenty years of age, and remained throughout the war. Joining the Macon Volunteers, 2d Georgia Battalion, he went with his company to Norfolk and was in the battles of Malvern Hill, Rapidan, near Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and many engagements around Petersburg. He was also in the fighting around Savannah, and for a considerable time he was drillmaster there. He was made colonel of his regiment, though he never received his formal commission. He was a member of the same company as the famous Georgia poet, Sidney Lanier, who played the flute beautifully. Mr. Branham sang well, and these two with their music brough much cheer and joy to their comrades around the camp fire.

Comarade Branham had been a member of Jefferson-Lamar Camp U. C. V., of Covington, Ga., since its organization, and his comrades feel their loss deeply. He was a brave soldier in the war and just as brave in peace. Because of his bright, noble, cheerful, and rare spirit he had many friends in all parts of the State. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Church from childhood.

[By Capt. N. C. Carr, of Jefferson-Lamar Camp, U. C. V.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1916.

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