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Obituary of Archibald Livingston, Madison Florida.

Archibald Livingston was born in Marlboro County, S. C., in 1836, but he had lived all of his life in Madison, Fla., where on April 22, 1916, he entered into eternal rest. At sunset on Easter Sunday, when the "golden gates of the resplendent west" seemed hanging in a sea of glory, we laid him to rest under the blue skies of his beloved Southland, and comrades and friends covered his bier with lovely flowers and draped his grave with the Stars and Bars. the flag he had followed through four years of bloody strife. Mr. Livingston entered the service of his country as orderly sergeant of Company G, 3d Florida Regiment. There are now only seven survivors of the one hundred and fifty men who belonged to Captain Langford's company. In writing to his mother from the battle field of Murfreesboro, Mr. Livingston said: "Don't worry about me. I am here to do my duty, and I shall do it." He followed Bragg, Johnston, Hood throughout the entire western campaign until he was captured at the battle before Nashville and was then in prison in Camp Chase, Ohio, for five months. He was one among the brave men who helped place Chickamauga, Resaca, Missionary Ridge, Jonesboro, Franklin, and other battles high in the temple of fame. The 3d Florida Regiment had the honor of having twenty battles inscribed in its flag for gallantry. Senator Blackburn, of Kentucky, wrote to Mr. Livingston that the grandest charge he had witnessed during the war was made by the Florida troops under General Bate at the battle of Franklin. Mr. Livingston was extremely modest and seldom mentioned his achievements as a soldier, but history will record his courageous deed in saving the flag through shot and shell at the battle of Missionary Ridge. He carried to his grave the scar of his wounds. The Camp of Sons of Confederate Veterans at Madison is named in his honor. He was Adjutant of Colquitt Camp, U. C. V.

In 1881 Mr. Livingston was married to Miss Fannie Webb, who, with a devoted son, survives him, His many travels had increased his love and charity for his fellow man, and his long life was useful and active and one of service and brotherly kindness. His uniform kindness was a passport to many hearts and an outlet for noble deeds. He was a splendid type of American citizenship, and his life work will live in the hearts of his friends, for

"To live in hearts we leave behind

Is not to die."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine July, 1916.

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