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Obituary of Major George R. Diamond, Sandywoods, Missouri.

Major George R. Diamond was born in Giles County, W. Va. in 1837, and died at the home of his son Charles Diamond, in Sandywoods, Mo., in December, 1919, at the age of eighty-two years.

George Diamond enlisted at Prestonburg, Ky. October 26, 1861, in the Confederate army and rose to the rank of major. He was captured and paroled May 8, 1865, at Athens, Ga. He commanded a company of cavalry that bore his name and won considerable fame for bravery and daring. He was wounded once when capturing a guerrilla, who shot him in the hand. At one time he was the only officer who stayed with the colors, and he surrendered a large number of men.

Major Diamond went to Scott County, Mo., from Kentucky about eighteen years ago. He was married to Mrs. Tina Graham in 1885 and was the father of eight children, two sons and six daughters. One brother, Joshua Diamond, aged eighty-one years, living in Louisa, Ky., also survives.

While a resident of Kentucky "Colonel" Diamond, as he was known, was elected to the House of Representatives and wrote a bill that later became law appropriating $15,000 for the deepening of the Little Sandy River.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January 1920.

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