Moultrie Observer


April 12, 2012

UDC plans annual service

MOULTRIE — Members of the Moultrie-McNeill UDC met for their March meeting and set the date for the upcoming 109th Confederate Memorial Service for Sunday, April 29 at 4:30 p.m., at the Confederate Monument.

The guest speaker will be Jim Parrish of Tallahassee, Fla., author of “Wiregrass to Appomattox.” His book contains letters from Colquitt County soldier, Malachi NeSmith, a casualty of Co. H, 50th GA Infantry. Parrish’s ancestor was also in the same unit which inspired him to travel to all the battlefields his ancestor participated in, which manifested into his book. He should have a few available for purchase. With the proceeds from this book, he is having an interpretive marker placed at South Mountain, Md., one of the earliest battles for the Colquitt County soldiers, to honor the South Georgia Confederates.

Beth Ottens was presented a UDC Supplemental Certificate for her great-great grandfather’s brother, Jacob B. Hamilton, who served with Co. E, 28th Alabama Infantry.

The chapter president, Francine Rossman, presented a miniature potted rose to visitor, Beverly Berl of Illinois, mother of Dr. Seth Berl.

Presenting the March program was member, Mildred A. Rogers who enjoys family genealogy. She brought numerous notebooks with family research, along with a display board with photos of her ancestors from her mother’s line in Irwin County, early pioneer settlers, the Clements family.

Her second great grandfather, A. P. and wife, Nancy Sallie Branch Clements, had ten children of which the first three sons went to war, enlisting from Irwin County. Jacob served with Co. A, 61st, GA Infantry. The oldest son, Reuben Walton “R.W.” elisted with Irwin County’s Co. F, 49th GA Infantry and was appointed first lieutenant.  David, the younger brother, enlisted with Co. H, 4th GA Cavalry and was assigned to track down deserters.

All three brothers survived the war and signed their official paroles in Albany, Ga.

However, Confederate President, Jefferson F. Davis was captured in Irwinville, Ga., and R. W. Clements  purchased the site of this historical event. His son, J. B., inherited it and, while serving in the Georgia General Assembly in 1915, introduced a resolution to tender the site to the state of Georgia and the Georgia Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.


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