A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians


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Climate, and History;” Poems; ‘‘Some Highways and Byways of American
Travel;” “The Boys’ Froissart;” “The Boys’ King Arthur;” “The Science
of English Verse;” “The Boys’ Mabinogion;” “The Boys’ Percy;” “The
English Novel, and the Principle of Its Development;” Poems (edited by his
wife, 1884), besides many notable contributions to magazines. There is a
wide variation in the character of Lanier’s work, running as it does, from
poetry to prose—but there is no variation in its quality. Always and every-
where the quality is of the highest. Some of its subjects appear very com-
monplace, as for example, the poem entitled “Corn;” but the poem is not
commonplace. “The Song of the Chattahoochee” and “The Marshes of
Glynn” are poetic gems now recognized as classics the world over and have
made famous two widely distinct features of Georgia’s scenery. His last
work, “Sunrise,” a beautiful song composed when he was too feeble to carry
his hand to his mouth, has been well characterized by Lucian Knight as “his
life’s sublime recessional.”
Maj.-Gen. LaFayette McLaws was born in Augusta on January 15,
1821. Before he concluded his first year in the University of Virginia he was
appointed a cadet at West Point Military Academy, and in 1838 entered that
school, from which he was graduated four years later. He was commissioned
lieutenant in the army and sent to the frontier. Before the actual opening
of hostilities in the Mexican war, he joined the army of General Taylor on
the Texas frontier. Stationed at Fort Brown, the young lieutenant was
assisting valiantly in the defense of that beleaguered post (May 3-4, 1846),
while General Taylor was fighting the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la
Palma. He accompanied Taylor’s army; took part in the hard fighting
around Monterey; was transferred to Scott’s army and assisted in the siege
of Vera Cruz. On account of failing health he if as sent back to the United
States on recruiting duty. During the last part of the war he was employed
in convoying trains from Vera Cruz to the City of Mexico.
The years after the Mexican war were spent largely on the frontier. In
1851 he was commissioned captain of infantry, and served in the Utah Expe-
dition (1858), and did much escort duty in protecting emigrants crossing
the plains and in escorting Mormons to Califorina. ,
When Georgia seceded Captain McLaws immediately resigned and offered
his services to the state. On May 10, 1861, he was commissioned major in
the Confederate army. On June 17, 1861, he was promoted colonel of the
Tenth Georgia Regiment; and on September 25,1861, was promoted brigadier-
general. He participated in all the Maryland and Virginia campaigns, com-
manded a division at Gettysburg which was transferred to Georgia in Sep-
tember, 1863, and in the following year was placed in command of the Dis-
trict of Georgia to obstruct Sherman’s march to the sea. After the war he
returned to Georgia and entered the insurance business; in 1875 was appointed
collector of internal revenue at Savannah, and later postmaster and post
warden. He died at his home in that city in 1898.
Frank H. Colley. To have been for more than forty years continuously
engaged in the practice of his profession at Washington, the judicial center
of Wilkes County, stand# to the credit of Judge Colley, whose character,
ability and achievement have long given him precedence as one of the fore-
most members of the bar of Northeastern Georgia. His name is written large
on the annals of jurisprudence in this part of the state and he is consistently
to be designated as the Nestor of the bar of Wilkes County,—a man of
strength, resourcefulness, loyalty, high attainments and impregnable integrity
and a citizen whose influence has ever been given to the furtherance of those
things that conserve the best interests of the community and of society at
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