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Obituary of Charles W. Gray, Georgia.

On March 25, 1920, Lieut. Charles W. Gray passed into rest. At the age of sixteen he joined the 66th Georgia Regiment and was twice wounded, first in the battle of Atlanta and again at Bentonville, N. C., in the last engagement of the Western Army under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston.

Serving his country in time of war, in peace he continued his efforts to prove the benefit of his State. As a member of the Georgia House of Representatives he fathered the bill to build the Georgia monument on the battle field of Chickamauga, giving Georgia the distinction of being the first Southern State to aid in such noble work.

He was a brave soldier, sharing the hardships of the South in those days without murmer or complaint; and when the final bugle call was sounded, he returned to his home at Graysville, Ga., and made himself useful in the development of that section of the State. For five years he represented his county in the Georgia State Legislature, and at all times was he true to the manly principles which Confederate soldiers fought for. His home was at all times open to his many friends, and those who knew him wall recall the many pleasant days spent at Graysville. When in his prime it was his greatest pleasure to entertain his friends.

He was born at macon, Ga., on December 6, 1846, the son of John D. And Amelia Gray. His wife, one son (Allen Gray), and one daughter (Mrs. George Johnston), survive him, and many friends mourn their loss. May he sleep in peace!

"How sleep the brave who sink to rest

By all their country's wishes blest."

[A friend.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1920.

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