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Brown Maner Saussy

Obituary of George Nowlan Saussy, Jacksonville, Florida.

George Nowlan Saussy was one of five brothers who served in the Confederate army. He was born in Savannah, Ga., March 10, 1842, and died very suddenly in Jacksonville, Fla., April 27, 1916. At the time he was Superintendent of the Confederate Home of Florida. He was a member of the Republican Blues, and old Savannah military company at the beginning of the war, and was of the detail which took charge of Fort Pulaski, at the mouth of the Savannah River, January 3, 1861, by order of Joseph E. Brown, Governor of Georgia. After serving with the first volunteer regiment of Georgia along the coast until September, 1861 he was transferred to the Georgia Hussars and went to Virginia, where this company became Troop F, Jeff Davis Legion of Cavalry, and he was with this command in the various battles in Virginia under J. E. B. Stuart and Hampton. He was severely wounded in Frederick City in September, 1862, but reported for duty after six months in recuperating from his wound. He was with Stuart in his famous ride around McClellan's army, in the Seven Day's Battles around Richmond, at Upperville, Seven Pines, Brandy Station, and Gettysburg. In a sharp engagement near Culpeper in December, 1863, he was again slightly wounded, and the same bullet killed his horse. Not wishing to be with the dismounted squad, he obtained permission from Colonel Waring, commanding the Jeff Davis Legion, to go into the Federal lines and obtain a mount. While making this attempt he was captured by Custer's old regiment, the 6th Michigan Cavalry, and sent to Point Lookout, Maryland. In August, 1864, he was transferred to Elmira, N. Y., and there remained until March, 1865, when he was paroled, and reached Richmond just before its evacuation.

After the war Comrade Saussy engaged in various commercial enterprises. He was married in December, 1869, to Miss Katherine Maner, who passed away just a month after him. Only a son survives, Fred Waring Saussy, named for his old colonel. He was a Christian gentleman of the old school, a consistent member of the Methodist Church. He was one of the few whose names were entered on the Confederate roll of honor for conspicuous conduct on the field and other gallant service, and he continued an intense Confederate to the last.

A picture of the four Saussy brothers appeared in the VETERAN for December, 1911, page 558.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1916.

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