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George Henry Hammond
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Birth: Jan. 7, 1842
Culloden
Monroe County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jun. 9, 1921
Decatur
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA

George was a half brother to William Alexander Shelby who married Florida's sister, Mary Louisa Floyd. The Shelbys are buried in this same cemetery.

George was a private, Co. "F", 8th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, CSA - Fulton County, Atlanta Group.

George is also mentioned in Sallie Clayton's diary of Atlanta during the war. He is one of the " young ladies and gentlemen that attended a few parties and picnics before leaving for war in the spring of 1861. "Requiem for a Lost City" , page 49-50, Robert Davis
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Atlanta Journal - about 1919
First Man in the Civil War Reported ‘Killed in Action' Working in the Post Office Here

George H. Hammond, 77 and Healthy, Read his Own Obituary After First Battle of Manassas

The first man to be reported ‘killed in action' in the Civil War did not die. He recovered from his wounds, lived through the war, and is now in Atlanta.

This man is George H. Hammond, seventy-seven years old, who is now working eight hours a day in the "Nixie" division at the Atlanta post-office, this being the nickname of the inquiry section.

On May 1, 1861, "Uncle George" as he is now called, enlisted in Company F, of the eight Georgia infantry. His company was known as the "Atlanta Grays". On July 21, 1861, "Uncle George", then a spry youngster,was "killed".

A "menie" ball at the first battle of Manassas bored a hole through his shoulder. Several weeks later he read his own obituary in the papers. When he got home his mother was mourning his death! Mistakes in the casualties were made even in that day.

"Uncle George" says today that he didn't mind being officially reported killed but he did mind being put out of the fight, his wound preventing him from again taking part in the struggle. Today he is enjoying fine health.
Mr. Hammond is one of the three surviving members of the "Atlanta Grays". Some day, he says, he's going ...
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First Man "Killed " in Civil War still Alive
Unknown paper, unknown date

Atlanta Ga.- The first man reported "killed in action" in the Civil War did not die. He recovered from his wounds, lived through the war, and is now working in the inquiry section of the Atlanta post office. He is eighty years old and in fine health.

The man is George H. Hammond, who is known here as "Uncle George". On May 1, 1861, he enlisted in Company F of the Eight Georgia Infantry. His Company was known as the "Atlanta Grays".

On July 21, 1861, Uncle George, then a spry youngster, was shot through the left shoulder at the first battle of Manassas and left on the battlefield to die. But he did not die. Several weeks later he read his own obituary in the paper and when he returned home his mother was mourning his death. Mistakes in the casualty lists were made even in that day.

Uncle George said he didn't mind being officially reported killed but he did mind being put out of the fight, his wound preventing him from taking part in the struggle. He is one of the three surviving members of the "Atlanta Grays".

George Henry Hammond and Florida Stewart Floyd were married 15 Oct 1872 in Covington, Newton County, Georgia.

John Julius Floyd, Florida's father, in a letter states George was a lawyer.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Amos Worrill Hammond (1807 - 1877)
  Mary Ann McCary Hammond (1815 - 1901)
 
 Spouse:
  Florida Stewart Floyd Hammond (1845 - 1927)
 
 Children:
  Lucile Hammond (1873 - 1901)*
  George Henry Hammond (1880 - 1881)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Alexander Shelby (1835 - 1889)**
  William Alfred Hammond (1835 - 1837)**
  Theodore Augustus Hammond (1837 - 1899)**
  George Henry Hammond (1842 - 1921)
  Ella Louise Hammond Remshart (1849 - 1878)*
  Loulah Hammond Bowdoin (1852 - 1918)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Southview Cemetery
Covington
Newton County
Georgia, USA
Plot: 48
 
Maintained by: Ruth Davis Root
Originally Created by: D.J.
Record added: Jun 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37812174
George Henry Hammond
Added by: D.J.
 
George Henry Hammond
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~~~~~~ Rest In Peace ~~~~~~
- Sarah Locklin Taylor
 Added: Jun. 25, 2012
 
 
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