George Warren Bowden

OBITUARY. In Memory of a Good and a Brave Confederate Soldier. Died in Cornelia, Georgia on the 10th of October, 1903, Mr. George Warren BOWDEN. He was a native of South Carolina and was born in Anderson District on the 25th of September, 1830, and was therefore seventy-three years of age. When quite young he came with his parents to Georgia, in which state he made his home to the day of his death. In 1858 he was united in marriage to Miss Jane Isabella ESTES, a sister of the late Judge J.B. Estes , of Gainesville. Their married life was one of unusual felicity, and was passed together, except about two years of the war between the states. She survives to morn the loss of the husband of her youth. Four children blessed this union all of whom are living and are honorably and usefully occupied, and are highly-esteemed citizens of the communities in which they live, Mesers. Hollis, Idus, and J.J. Bowden, and one daughter, Mrs. Anna L. SWEET. Mr. Bowden was a brave Confederate soldier. When his state called for troops to defend her he was among the first to respond. He was a member of the 34th Ga., regiment, company H, and was conspicuous for intrepid bravery on the battle field, as for faithful devotion and forgetfulness of self when detailed to other duties of the camp. A severe wound, received at the fight at Baker's Creek about the time of the memorable siege of Vicksburg, disabled him for active service. As soon as he was able to be moved he was sent home and employed by the Confederate government for special state service. In which capacity he was as faithful to duty as when engaged in active warfare. As a private citizen, in each relation of life, he leaves an example worthy of imitation, and when he enrolled his name as a "soldier of the cross" he was as loyal and devoted to the welfare of his church as he had been to that of his country. By his death the Methodist church with which he united in the year 1870(?), has had one of it's most devoted members and faithful workers. His piety was deep, humble, sincere, and when death approached he had no fears, the faith that he was ready to enter the "rest that remaineth for the people of God." To his children he has left the rich inheritance of a good name and a noble christian example. "Soldier of Christ, well done, Rest from thy loved employ, The battle'd fought, the victory won, Enter thy Master's joy." "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace." E. W. C.

transcribed as written in clipping of unknown newspaper from personal papers of William Fulton Morris

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