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Bacon Coyle Morgan Oglesby

Report of Deaths of Albert S. Bacon and Thaddeus K. Oglesby, Savannah, Georgia.

Report comes from D. B. Morgan, Secretary of the Confederate Veterans' Association of Savannah, Ga., as follows:

"Again it becomes my duty to send you for record in the Last Roll the names of two comrades, members of my Camp, who passed over to the other side early Saturday morning, January 31, at about the same hour. At this rate all of us will soon join our comrades on the other side.

"Albert S. Bacon, a native of Liberty County, Ga., born in the village of Walthourville in 1844, came to this city at the age of twelve years and had resided here continuously until his death. He made a gallant soldier as a member of that historic company, the Oglethorpe Light Infantry, the company of which Gen. Francis S. Bartow was captain. Comrade Bacon was severely wounded in the face at Gettysburg and suffered from the effects of that wound as long as he lived. After the war he returned to this city, where he reared a large family, consisting of one daughter and seven sons, all of them honorable and useful citizens. They all survive him, as does his wife. Our comrade had been for a number of years one of our leading, successful business men, and at the time of his death, though seventy-six years, he was active head of the firm of A. S. Bacon & Sons. When the Daughters of the Confederacy here, known at the time as the Memorial Association, erected the Confederate monument in this city, one of our philanthropic citizens, Wimberly Jones DeRenne, asked permission of the ladies to substitute for a marble figure they had on its top the bronze statue of a Confederate soldier, to which they agreed, and selected as a model our deceased comrade; and no better choice could have been made, for no more loyal Confederate lived and none who would have more willingly sacrificed his all for his country, and his commanding figure was a most suitable model.

"Thaddeus K. Oglesby was born May 23, 1848, in Missouri, but had lived in Georgia since boyhood. His youth was spent largely at Fort Gaines, where his father was in charge of the public schools. He was a remarkable man, a thorough scholar and historian. So great a reader was he that he almost lived the life of a recluse with his books as companions; he did not seek society, but had a number of very close friends. He was a loyal defender of the Confederate cause and a strong champion of Jefferson Davis. It was a sacred task on his part to hunt out and correct false statements so lavishly bestowed upon the South by Northern writers. He was the author of a book, "The Truths of History," which had run through several editions, and he was on the point of completing a revised edition of this work when his last illness seized him.

"Comrade Oglesby enlisted in the Confederate army when quite a lad, joining Company A, Cobb's Guard, Georgia Infantry, August 9, 1864. He was very careful and methodical in his habits, which may have been acquired from the late Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States, whose secretary he was in Washington for many years. Judge Stephens, a nephew of Alexander Stephens, attended his funeral as an honorary pallbearer, coming from Atlanta to show his respect for his deceased friend. Comrade Oglesby never married. He is survived by two sister, Mrs. J. B. Coyle, of Moultrie, Ga., who was with him at the time of his death, and Miss Julie Oglesby, of Columbia, S. C. A strong friend and defender of our beloved Southland has finished his work and passed over to join the hosts of Lee, Johnston, and others in the beautiful beyond."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1920.

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