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Bruce Huff

Obituary of James C. Huff, Atlanta, Georgia.

James C. Huff, Past Commander Atlanta Camp, No. 159, U. C. V., was born in that part of DeKalb now known as Fulton County, Ga., on April 3, 1845. He was sixteen years old when the War between the States began and enlisted in Fulton's Dragoon's, which became Company B, of Cobb's Legion. In this command he served in J. E. B. Stuart's splendid division (later corps) of cavalry, and after the death of that brilliant leader he followed the banner of Wade Hampton until the great drama closed at Appomattox and Goldsboro. He shared in all the hardships and brilliant exploits of the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia, and he never failed on proper occasion to extol the deeds of his comrades and their peerless chieftains. He never missed a State or general Reunion of the U. C. V. when it was possible for him to attend. He possessed a rich fund of stirring war incidents, which pleased all listeners by the earnest and yet modest manner in which he narrated them.

When funds were being collected for the John B. Gordon equestrian monument which stands in the Capitol Square in Atlanta, he was a member of the great committee and at every meeting had a good report and contributions to turn in. He was a faithful of Atlanta Camp, No. 159, U. C. V., and of the Baptist Church, in full combination with which he devotedly lived and peacefully died. His death occurred on June 6, 1920, and he was laid to rest by his beloved and loving comrades on June 8 in Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga.

"The brave and active Cavalier
Of the days of sixty-one
In sweet old age held ever dear,
Has laid his armor down.

No more the battle's din he hears;
He rests beneath the sod;
He's gone to join the hosts above,
Forever with his God.

His brave but gentle spirit passed
'Mid hours of pain and grief,
Yet bore up loving to the last
As we passed him in relief.

We mourn not as the taps ring out;
Another brave now sleeps;
Wrapped in his flag he rests in peace
When the angels vigils keep."

[Comrade A. C. Bruce, Atlanta, Ga.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1920.

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