The title of this blog, Opera Cum Fidelitate, is the motto of Georgia Military College, my Alma Mater. The center piece of campus is the Old Capital Building, which was the seat of the state government prior to the Civil War. My time there always made me feel connected to history. Service With Faithfulness could also be the motto of my family, so I thought it was an appropriate title for a blog that explores the history of my ancestors.
Friday, December 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
|The view northeast from a tower that is positioned just south of the lines of the Florida Brigade. This pictures looks towards the Peach Orchard. Cemetery Ridge is in the background. Fall 2015.|
|Me standing in the Peach Orchard at sunset. This is the spot where Barton Nelson Hillhouse received his mortal wound. Fall 2015.|
Friday, November 6, 2015
At the commencement of the war, Covington was living in Hamilton County with Mary Ann and their child. He intended to join the Confederate Army and fight in the “Hamilton Blues,” an outfit being assembled by Captain Henry Stewart of the 2nd Florida Infantry. On the way up to Virginia, Captain Stewart granted Covington ten days leave so that he could take his wife and child to stay with her brother in Calhoun County, Georgia. I like to think of this as a benevolent gesture by his Commander.
Covington set out with a wagon, but soon things went sideways. It rained. Anyone from the South knows the kind of rain that I am picturing, the one that turns all of the dirt roads to muck. It is no surprise then, that Covington's wagon would break down, and it did. I can imagine him, with his wife and crying baby, soaked to the bone, stranded on a remote dirt road surrounded by tall pines and saw palmettos. I don’t know how long they were stuck there, but the delay was long enough for his ten-day pass to expire before they had reached their destination.
He was quickly conscripted into a Georgia unit, and was mustered into Captain S. A. Townsley’s Company of the 64th Georgia Infantry Regiment. Ironically, this unit was being raised for the defense of North Florida! He was mustered into the outfit at Macon, Georgia, and they immediately marched south. Covington had set off from Florida to fight in Virginia, but was now headed back home as a member of a Georgia outfit to defend his Florida home.