Early Settlers of
Their Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Lifting the Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
History and Heritage Month
I read with interest the Proclamation signed by Union County Commissioner, Honorable Lamar Paris, designating the whole month of April as Confederate History and Heritage Month. Coupled with the Confederate Memorial Day April 26 throughout Georgia and other Southern States, the joint emphases are geared toward learning more about and understanding events of The War Between the States (known as the Civil War) and their far-reaching effects upon our history.
The conflict began in April, 1861 with
shots fired upon
Many see slavery as the major cause of
the War Between the States. Although that
institution played a part in secession, there were deeper underlying
differences in ideologies and
culture. The mainly agrarian South was
pitted against a strongly industrial North.
If slavery had been the issue in
For interesting details and a listing
of soldiers from Union County by regiments, I recommend that you find
these resources and read them: “The
Civil War,” pages 29-60 in Sketches of
Union County History, Volume 2, by
Jan H. Devereaux and Bryan Webb, 1978;
“The Civil War in Union County,” pages 41-56 in Mountain
Relic, Spring Edition, 1980; and “The
Story of Two Soldiers,” pages 35-36 in Sketches of Union
The words of poet Sir Walter Scott are appropriate as we remember the sacrifices of fallen soldiers:
“Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o’er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battlefields no more,
Days of danger, nights of waking.”
“All gave some; some gave
all.” May they rest in peace.
c2005 by Ethelene Dyer Jones; published Apr. 21, 2005 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville, GA. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Updated August 31, 2009