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King Rosborough

Obituary of John Alexander Rosborough, Windsor, Florida.

John A. Rosborough, Commander of Stonewall Jackson Camp, U. C. V., died at Windsor, Fla., on February 29, 1920, after some months of suffering, and was laid to rest in Old Providence Cemetery. He passed into his seventy-eighth year. Surviving him are his wife, six noble sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

Comrade Rosborough was descended from Scottish ancestors, early settlers of Fairfield District, S. C., and among its most distinguished citizens. They were by faith Presbyterian Covenanters and from early manhood he was a devoted member of that Church.

When the War between the States came on, John Rosborough volunteered and became a member of Company L, 12th South Carolina Regiment, under Gen. Maxey Gregg, Stonewall Jackson's Division, A. N. V., and took part part in the battle of Port Royal, the Seven Days' fighting about Richmond, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Sharpsburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Gettysburg, and the continuous fighting around Petersburg. He was wounded twice at Sharpsburg and was in that portion of the battle where trees were cut down by Minie balls from the enemy.

At Appomattox, when his company was being surrounded, he did all possible to persuade his comrades to resist capture, but he was the only one to attempt escape. He was captured at the forks of the South Railroad and, with his company and many others, was sent to New York to prison, where they were kept until the end of June, 1865; being then sent South, he returned home, where he had been mourned as dead for many months. In 1867 he visited relatives in Florida, and in November of that year he was married to Miss Mary King, eldest daughter of the Rev. Edward Lewis King, a noted Methodist evangelist of Florida and South Carolina. Twelve children came to bless this happy union. After a few years he took his family to his native State; but having formed a love for the State of his adoption, he returned to Florida some thirty-seven years ago and was one of the men who built up the beautiful and thrifty little vilalge of Windsor, which had since been his home.

He twice represented Alachua County in the State Legislature and was twice in the Senate. For ten years he filled a Federal appointment in Washington during the terms of Senators Wilk Call and Stephen R. Mallory. He was always prominent in the Confederate Veteran organization and for years had been commander of the Stonewall Jackson Camp of Gainesville and had also commanded the Florida Division, U. C. V.

His record as a Christian gentleman and faithful soldier is a legacy to those coming after him and which they will ever delight to recall, for truly he loved his fellow men.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, May, 1920.

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