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Obituary of John Bonner Stuart, Sumter County, Alabama.

Another gap has been made in the fast-fading gray line, another patriot "has crossed over the river and is resting under the shade of the trees" with the host of comrades who have preceeded him. John Bonner Stuart was born in Dallas County, Ala., October 23, 1842, and died at his home, in Sumter County, in December 26, 1915. He enlisted in the Jeff Davis Artillery at Selma, Ala., July 15, 1861, and was mustered into the service as a Confederate soldier at Montgomery, Ala., on the 27th of the same month. Soon afterwards he went with his company to the front at Fairfax, C. H., Va., where he became an individual and powerful part of that incomparable body of soldiers which will ever live in history, the Army of Northern Virginia. With the exception of a short absence while in the hospital in Richmond, Va., during October, 1861, he was present and participated in every campaign and battle of his command until wounded and captured at Middletown, Va., October 19, 1864, the battle which put Sheridan's famous ride into poetry. Thus he was a brave and active participant in almost every great battle and many smaller ones fought by the Army of Northern Virginia to the time of his capture and imprisonment. He was imprisoned at Point Lookout, Md.; and notwithstanding the cruel treatment received from his brutal negro guards and those in authority at the prison and the repeated suave offers by captors to release him from his torture if he would desert the government he had sworn to defend, he remained firm and faithful to the cause he so dearly loved. He was not released until the 16th of June, 1865.

With his comrades he sadly returned to his native Alabama, and as faithfully and bravely as he had served as a Confederate soldier he exerted himself during the remaining half century of his life to rebuild its waste places and rehabilitate its former grand prestige.

In all relations of life John Bonner Stuart was true, clearly demonstrating that faithfulness can feed on suffering and know no disappointment. His was a courage that scorned to bend to mean devices for sordid purposes.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1916.

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