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Howard Mann McCrary

Obituary of Rufus E. McCrary, Alverton, Georgia.

Rufus E. McCrary, born January 16, 1839, died on May 2, 1922, at Alverton, Ga. He received his education in the public schools of his county, and when the war came on between the States, he enlisted in the first company organized in Meriwether County, under Captain Howard, of the 8th Georgia Regiment, Tige Anderson's Brigade, Longstreet's Corps. He was in the principal battles of his command from Manassas to the surrender at Appomattox, serving as private and as sergeant, and during the entire four years he went home only once. At the battle of Gettysburg his company was almost annihilated, all members being killed or wounded except himself and one other. He passed through the war without a scratch.

He taught school after the war, and otherwise gave faithful service as a citizen. He joined the Missionary Baptist Church and served as deacon for several years. He was also a Master Mason and filled every office in the Lodge. His wife, who was Miss Mayzelle Howard, survives him with their eight children. He was laid to rest in the Alvaton Cemetery. His life was an example to his community, and few men will be as greatly missed as "Uncle Rufus."

(Andrew J. Mann, M. D., Alvaton, Ga.)

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1922.

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