...uite poignant. James Hamilton McWhorter, along with other seniors who joined the Confederate army, graduated early from the University of Georgia in April of 1861. He enlisted in the 3rd Georgia Infantry Regiment and fought through the entirety of the war with the Army of Northern Virginia. Anyone familiar with US Civil war history can imagine what that entailed. The 3rd Infantry fought at Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and finally Appomattox. All terrible and bloody engagements. Having been through all of that, James was killed at the battle of High Bridge at Appomattox, just 5 days before Lee surrendered. Given the limitations of communications in that era, combined with the chaos of a regime in collapse, it is not unreasonable to speculate that James’ family may very well have learned of the wars end before they learned of his death. May he rest in peace in his abandoned gravesite given over to weeds and brush in the woods of Oglethorpe County.
Denise Rich Fitzgerald