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Arnall Graham

Obituary of William T. Arnall, Coweta County, Georgia.

On October 9, 1914, William T. Arnall, one of the best known and most beloved citizen of Coweta County, Ga., died at the home of his daughter in Newnan, Ga. He was born in Walton County, Ga., in 1839, and his parents removed to Coweta County in 1843. His early life was spent on the farm. In July, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, 7th Georgia Regiment, and he was with this company until the battle of Second Manassas, where he was wounded. He was granted leave of absence and returned home, weighing only eighty-four pounds. When sufficiently recovered he assisted Capt. J. H. Graham in recruiting a cavalry company and went back to the front in December, 1862. In May, 1863, his wound broke out afresh and the physician told him that he must lose his arm or his life; but he refused to submit to amputation, and at last, to his great joy, it healed.

Comrade Arnall was in a number of very hard fought battles; Yorktown, Seven Days' fight around Richmond, Thoroghfare Gap, Manassas, and other places. He was with Bragg in his retreat from Chattanooga. He was wounded again at Chickamauga, this time in the hand, but in about two months he was able to return to his company, to remain with it till the end of the war. He was with General Wheeler when he captured Stoneman and shared in the sufferings of those perilious times. With his comrades he returned home to Coweta County after the surrender, having nothing with which to begin life; but with courage and patience he engaged in farming and prospered. In 1878 he removed to Senoia, Ga., and engaged in business. He was a member of the Baptist Church and an active leader in its work. His Chrisitan citizenship won for hoim the love of all who knew him, and few men have been held in so high esteem by all classes of people.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1915.

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