Stephen Green Pierce/Pearce
"Washington County Invincibles"
grave of Stephen Green Pierce
Stephen Green Pierce/Pearce served with the 4th Florida Infantry, Company H ("The Washington County Invincibles") of the Confederate States of America (CSA). The company was organized on September 13,1861. Included in the company roster was Stephen G. Pierce.
He and several other Home Guardsmen were captured northeast of Vernon by a Federal unit, while attempting to erect a road construction. Private Stephen Pierce,who had joined the group while at home on-leave from the 4th Florida Infantry, engaged his captors in some verbal jousting after the Home Guardsmen had surrended. Some of the group's captors, after receiving instructions from their commander, escorted Pierce beyond a nearby gallberry patch and shot him, leaving his body where it fell. His executioners then rejoined their unit for the march into Vernon, then a village of perhaps 150 people.
Stephen G. Pierce, of Company H, 4th Florida Infantry, home on leave during Asboth's raid on Marianna, was among the home guardsmen captured by the Federals as they retreated through the Vernon area. He was killed by his captors, possibly for vocalizing his opinion of them, and was buried in Hard Labor Creek Cemetery in Washington County, FL.
Many thanks to Elizabeth Walters for the information!
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