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Sgt James Robert “Uncle Jimmy” Jordan

Sgt James Robert “Uncle Jimmy” Jordan

Birth
Upson County, Georgia, USA
Death 11 Mar 1937 (aged 91)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 111810973 · View Source
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Wounded on 31 May 1862 at Seven Pines, Va.; Wounded on 01 June 1864 at Cold Habor, Va.; Wounded on 15 June 1864 at Petersburg, Va. POW on 19 March 1865 at Bentonville, NC; Released on 28 June 1865 at Point Lookout, MD. Sgt James Robert "Uncle Jimmy" Jordan, Co G, 27 GA VOL Reg, CSA, was my great, great, uncle. I inherited this newspaper from my family which appeared in the March 11, 1937, edition of the Atlanta Journal: "Uncle Jimmy Jordan Near Death At Atlanta Old Soldiers' Home. James R. (Uncle Jimmy)Jordan picturesque Confederate soldier who took part in the Battle of Seven Pines, the Wilderness, Chancellorsville and Petersburg was fighting his last battle Wednesday. The 94-year old veteran known all over the United States for his fighting spirit and his long white curls, which he swore he would never cut off "until the Confederacy is free" is dying of pneumonia. He contracted influenza Sunday, and double pneumonia set in Tuesday. Physicians placed "Uncle Jimmy" under an oxygen tent Tuesday afternoon, but they hold no hope for his recovery. The old soldier is aware that he is about to rejoin Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Shortly before losing consciousness he told Mrs. Mary Goudlelock, superintendent of the Confederate Soldiers' Home, "Don't worry about me. I will be all right. Take care of the other boys." "Uncle Jimmy" is a genuinely beloved figure. Not only was the Soldiers' Home but the entire neighborhood in southeast Atlanta was cast into gloom as news spread. Even the hired help at the home were grief-stricken. The old soldier is known all over the country. He has attended many Confederate reunions, and his picture has appeared in newspapers everywhere. A man of indomitable spirit, "Uncle Jimmy" fought "the Yanks" with heart and soul and was heartbroken when Lee surrendered. He kept his vow never to cut his hair, although as the years past his feelings toward the south's conquerors softened. The old soldier is believed to be the last survivor of the famous fighting unit known as Colquitt's Brigade. He left Thomaston at the age of 19 to enlist in Co G, 27 GA Vol INF REG, CSA, and two years later was awarded his sergeants stripes. On May 21, 1862, he was wounded at Seven Pines in the chest but recovered. On March 19, 1865 he sustained a leg wound and was made a prisoner at Bennettsville, S.C. He was released three months later at Point Lookout, Md. For the last fifteen years he has resided at the Soldiers' Home here, where his many lovable qualities won him the respect of all, and he came to be the unofficial leader of the old soldiers". The old newspapers I have had his pictures in them but they faded as I did not know they would do. He is buried at the old Marietta Confederate Cemetery on the South end of town in the northern part of the cemetery in the portion of the cemetery where the old soldiers' from the old soldiers home in southeast Atlanta are buried.



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  • Created by: Johnny Ray Pannell
  • Added: 5 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111810973
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt James Robert “Uncle Jimmy” Jordan (1 Apr 1845–11 Mar 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111810973, citing Marietta Confederate Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Johnny Ray Pannell (contributor 46633433) .