|Birth: ||Feb. 18, 1846|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1921|
Son of William W. and Rachael Lee Collins. Erastus, as he was called, was a Civil War veteran. He served in the Army of Tennessee under General Joseph E. Johnston, Company D, 57th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry. Erastus was assigned to Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Cheatham's Corps, in Cleburne's Division, under the direct command of Brig. Gen. James A. Smith ("Smith's Brigade"-designated "Smith Guards" according to muster roll). Two of Erastus' brothers also served in the same division: Christopher Columbus Collins and William L. Collins. Both brothers were killed in action, Christopher at Vicksburg, Miss. in 1863 and William at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia in 1864.
Erastus fought in the last major battle between Gen. Johnston and Union Major General William T. Sherman. Just over a month later, Gen. Johnston surrendered to Maj. Gen. Sherman near Greensboro, NC, effectively bringing an end to the Civil War. After the surrender, the largest in the war, Erastus and his comrades headed home.
After the war, Erastus married Sarah Jackson, called "Sallie," and had 11 children: Eula, Bryant (died young), Everett, Edna, Thomas, Carl Eugene, Marie Antoinette, Estelle, Eunice, Annie Lee and Laura.
He was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and a well respected man in Wilkinson County.
William W. Collins (1803 - 1870)
Rachael Lee Collins (1803 - 1857)
Sarah Teresa Jackson Collins (1854 - 1940)*
Edward Everett Collins (1877 - 1938)*
Carl Eugene Collins (1889 - 1958)*
New Providence Baptist Church Cemetery
Maintained by: Daniel Dean
Originally Created by: Jack Johnson
Record added: Aug 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21184268