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Pvt George Godwin Borland
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Birth: Mar. 11, 1846
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1862
Red River County
Texas, USA

Father Google Solon's life.

His poetic sister Fanny's oft-read poem ~ ~ See At My Father's Feet, was dedicated to and descriptive of their father, who was statesman, soldier and diplomat, according to the written words of Fay HEMPSTEAD, this poem being saved by Mrs Frances Marion (Harrow) HANGER (in whose Little Rock restored home lives Kay TATUM), thusly its now published, by Fred Allsopp in 1933, Google Books Poets and Poetry of Arkansas, pages 26-30.

Veteran: Civil War (CSA)

On a hot sunny Sunday June 24, 2012, The Gen T J CHURCHILL Chapter #1373, United Daughters of the Confederacy held a (Google search) /WhatsNew/2012/06/mt-holly-marker-dedication/"ceremony honoring this sixteen year old veteran of the Civil War on his 150th year of resting without a gravestone which they have now placed, along with their Cross of Honor. (his father, Major Solon BORLAND, with young Lieutenant CHURCHILL, were taken and served as prisoners together during Mexican War)

3rd s/o Solon BORLAND & 1st s/o Mary Isabel MELBOURNE with two younger sisters, Poet Fanny Green (Borland) MOORES (aka Violet Lea) and Mary "Mollie" Melbourne (Borland) Beattie-GRAY, step-mother of Carl Raymond GRAY, all without markers.

George Godwin BORLAND buried in Mount Holly cemetery, without a marker, as eight of nine of his father's family are without markers and now in 2012, 150 years following his death, will receive a government issued flat marker on his plot, where Law Day, 1992, was established a "Memorial Cenotaph" by Arkansas Bar Foundation and Pulaski Bar Association jointly, dedicated to honor his most worthy father, Solon BORLAND (with incorrect birth date), whose burial site is unknown, thought to be in Houston City cemetery, Houston, Harris county, Texas, the county in which he expired 1 JAN 1864.

His mother was interned three months later, next to him in North Juniper 31-606-B, with his older half-brother Thomas, three years earlier at South Maple 63-389-X, both also with NO markers.

George had served with the "volunteers" (NOT MILITIA, as would some so-called historians have us believe) that seized Ft Smith April 1861, under W E WOODRUFF,jr, who was under his father, Solon BORLAND, Aide-de-Camp for Governor Henry M RECTOR, prior to start of Civil war, then in Texas under Gen Albert PIKE.

A newspaper article was received 04/18/2012 from Little Rock, Arkansas concerning results of volunteer Kay TATUM's recent research. She has discovered that Colonel Solon BORLAND's third son, Private George Godwin BORLAND (1846AR-1862TX) (namesake, father's maternal uncle), a youthful Civil War veteran, is buried in Mount Holly without a marker. The Gen T J CHURCHILL (served as prisoner with Solon BORLAND during Mexican War) Chapter #1373, United Daughters of the Confederacy whose 1919 Historical Arkansas publication, page #20 published poetic sister Fanny's poem, David O Dodd, encouraged to be written by General Albert PIKE (page #6) in 1869 while visiting his daughters), also found in Allsopp's 1933, Google Books Poets and Poetry of Arkansas, pages 26-30.

It is intended to honor this young veteran and his father, with their Southern Cross of Honor marker on 150th anniversary of his death, 24 June 2012. True, he, next to mother's plot with oldest half-brother same cemetery, another plot, with other half brother, Major Harold BORLAND buried at Little Rock National Cemetery, with an upright government marker (with incorrect rank). All three at Mount Holly within their different BORLAND plots, are without markers, as where all members of the family except Harold.


OBITUARY: from Arkansas History Commission

Tuesday: July 1, 1862 -- p 1, c 5 & 6

George Godwin Borland, son of Solon and Mary Borland, was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, March 11, 1848, and died in Clarksville, Texas, June 24, 1862.

In April, 1861, soon after he was fifteen years of age, he volunteered in Capt Woodruff's company, on the Fort Smith expedition, and was desirous to go with the same company when it entered the service under Gen McCulloch and went to Oak Hills, but was constrained by his parents. When Capt Woodruff raised his company again, last spring, his anxious to enter the service was so great that his parents consented. A few days before he w___ stressed(?), he joined the company now went with it to Gen Pike's command in the Indian country. Well grown and stout, for his ____ and ________ in spirit, he rendered service as long as he was able but his health and strength gave way, and he was discharged in April. He reached Clarksville on his way back home but became to weak to travel, and stopped with friends and relaxed to recruit his strength. There he improved rapidly for some time, but relapsed, from some unaccountable cause, and died when his parents were confidently expecting his return home.

It is not for us to speak of weight of sorrow which is brought upon his father, nor the pangs of grief which rend the heart of his mother, by this afflicting visitation of Providence. Their gallant boy has been offered as a sacrifice on the altar of his country, and he has been disposed of according to the will of Him whose every act is for the best. The Lord save and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. --- Gaz.


Father: Solon BORLAND b: 8 AUG 1811 in Suffolk, Nasemond county, Virginia
Mother: Mary Isabel MELBOURNE b: 3 OCT 1824 in Concordia parish, Louisiana.

Last revised: 11/23/2013
Family links: 
  Solon Borland (1811 - 1864)
  Mary Isabel Melbourne Borland (1824 - 1862)
  Thomas Borland (1833 - 1859)**
  Harold Borland (1835 - 1921)**
  George Godwin Borland (1846 - 1862)
  Fanny Green Borland Moores (1848 - 1879)*
  Mary Melbourne Borland Gray (1850 - 1938)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Holly Cemetery
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA
Plot: No. Juniper 31-606-A
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Originally Created by: Bill
Record added: Nov 10, 2009
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Pvt George Godwin Borland
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