Col Christopher Columbus “C.C.” Sanders

Col Christopher Columbus “C.C.” Sanders

Jackson County, Georgia, USA
Death 25 May 1908 (aged 68)
Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia, USA
Burial Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia, USA
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Birth year of 1838 according to census records, and May 8th 1840 according to his pass port application and the following Biography. Birthday May 10th according to the following Obituary. Special Thanks to LTC. KYLE REICHLE U.S. Army, for discovery of the Obituary from an unknown newspaper.

A great and good citizen passes to his reward
Was pre-eminent figure and was much loved by the people. Hundreds mourn his departure. Funeral yesterday afternoon.
Col. C.C. Sanders died at 4:45 o'clock Monday afternoon, after an illness of nearly three weeks. He was 68 years of age, having been born in Franklin, now Banks, county, 10 May 1840. Col. Sanders was reared in Banks county and secured his education at the Georgia Military Institute at Marrietta.

Col. Sanders entered the Confederate States Army of Northern Virginia from the Georgia Military Institute, Marietta, Georgia, in June 1861. Early in the war he was made Colonel of the 24th Georgia Infantry Regiment. He saw hard service until captured with McLaws' Division, Ewell's Corps at Sailors Creek, three days before the surrender of the Army, by Gen. Robt.E.Lee. He was a prisoner at Washington D.C. and on Johnson's Island. Col. Sanders was liberated by the Proclamation of President Johnson in July 1865. He was offered the rank of Brig. General, which he declined.

After the war Col. Sanders located in South Georgia, where he remained for a few years. He then came to Gainesville and went into the general supply business, continuing in this until 1889 when he organized the Sate Banking Company, of which he was the President up to the time of his death. This is one of the strongest financial institutions in Northeast Georgia, and it has had a remarkably successful career under his management. Col. Sanders was also interested in many other business enterprises of the town, and he had long been a potent factor in the development of Gainesville and this section.

In July 1871 Col. Sanders was married to Miss Fannie Scarboro, of Smithville, Georgia, two children being the result of this union, both of whom, Mr. R.J. Sanders of Gainesville, and Mrs. Hugh Price Hinton of Atheus, Georgia, together with his wife, survive him. Only one sister, Mrs. M.E. Cobb of Dalton, Georgia is living.

Col. Sanders was a consistent member of the Baptist church and for many years was a deacon. He was an enthusiastic Sunday School attendant, and until his last illness taught a large class. He was a liberal contributor to all charitable purposes and was a benefactor to many in this section.

Col. Sanders never sought public office. He was a trustee of Brenau college and was for many years a member of the City Board of Education. In other ways he served his people, all of whom he loved to the best of his ability.

Col. Sanders had, perhaps, favored more people in this section than any one man of his time. Hundreds are under obligations to him, and they will cherish his memory.

Col. Sanders was a member of the American Bankers Association and the State Bankers Association, and he often attended the sessions of these associations, being always a prominent figure. He made three trips to the old country, visiting almost every point in the Holy Land. He was a deep student of the Bible and his trips to the Holy Land were full of great pleasure and profit to him. He distributed to his friends several thousand booklets containing an account of what he saw and heard, his descriptive letters being full of interest.

Perhaps Col. Sanders took more interest in the annual Confederate reunions than any other public gathering. He often attended these reunions, many times carrying with him veterans who were unable to bear their own expenses.

The funeral services were conducted from the First Baptist church at 4 O'clock yesterday afternoon, by Rev. O.J. Copeland, assisted by Revs. C.T. Brown, J.C. Boone, and J.R. King. The services were unusually impressive and the remarks of the pastor were timely and appropriate. The floral offerings were magnificient, many having been sent from friends out-of-town as well as many beautiful ones from this city.

Messrs. H.B Smith, A.W. Van Hoose, John Carter, W.R. Winburn, Wm. Hosch, S.C. Dunlap, G.H. Prior, C.A. Lilly, and J.O. Adams were the pallbearers. The honorary escort was composed of a number of prominent citizens of the city.

The C.C. Sanders Chapter, Children of the Confederacy, as well as a large delegation from the Longstreet Chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy, attended the funeral. The body was tenderly laid to rest in the family plot at Alta Vista cemetery, the interment being in charge of Stow, Bell and Co. undertakers.

Many telegrams from friends in this and other cities have come to the family expressing deepest sympathy.

COL. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS SANDERS, merchant and banker, of Gainesville, was born at Grove
Level, Jackson county, Ga., May 8,1840 His boy-
hood days were spent on his father's farm. He attended the
country schools and later, in 1861, was graduated from the
Georgia Military Institute, of Marietta. At the outbreak of the War between the States he was commissioned Lieutenant- Colonel of the Twenty-fourth Regiment of Georgia Volunteer Infantry.
He served with that regiment throughout the war,
being promoted to the rank of Colonel in 1863. Since the war he has been extensively engaged in banking and the mercantile business. For the past eighteen years he has been president of the State Banking Company, of Gainesville.
On July 25, 1871, Colonel Sanders was married to Miss
Frances Amelia Scarborough. To this union two children were
born, Robert Jackson, of Gainesville, Ga., and Armantine Marlene, now Mrs. Hinton, of Athens, Ga.
Colonel Sanders' great-grandfather, Rev. Moses Sanders, was a Baptist preacher in North Georgia. He was noted for his energy, ability, strength of character, and benevolence, all of which qualities he exercised in the up building of the new country. He encouraged education, and planted churches. Two of these churches recently celebrated their one hundredth anniversary. His eldest son, Moses Sanders, Jr., an enterprising planter, was the grandfather of the subject of this sketch.
Colonel Sanders' grandfather on his mother's side was
Thomas Smythe, who, with a party of friends, came from Dublin,
Ireland, to Charleston, S. C., in 1795. He settled in Jones
county, Ga.. where he died a few years later. He was distinguished
for his great learning and for the beauty and sweetness
of several poems written by him.
The parents of Colonel Sanders were Harris Sanders and
Elizabeth (Smythe) Sanders, The father was a planter of
intelligence, character and hospitality, who always took an active interest in public affairs. The mother was a deeply religious woman, whose influence had much to do with molding the moral and spiritual life of her son.
As a boy, Colonel Sanders was strong and sturdy. Besides
being familiar with all the various kinds of manual work done on a farm at that time, he had a healthy love for study and travel. Since attaining to manhood, wealth, distinction and leisure, he has sought to gratify his taste for travel by visiting most of the important countries of the world. The physical health acquired by an outdoor life and training at a military school served him well during the trying struggles of the great war. As Lieutenant-Colonel and Colonel of the Twenty-fourth Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, MeLaw's division, Longstreet's corps, Army of Northern Virginia,
serving from the date of its organization to the surrender at Appomattox, he took part in the battles of Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Cold Harbor, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg, Chanoellorsville, Harper's Ferry, Crampton's Gap, South Mountain,Sharpsburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania Court House, and many others.
At Sharpsburg, he was temporarily in command of Wofford's
brigade. The Confederate batteries had been destroyed, and
the space in front was swept by deadly minie balls, which
mowed down whole lines of soldiers. The Federals were advancing with fixed bayonets, and the Confederates sprang forward to meet them. The death grapple took place at a post and plank fence, which the Confederates held, but at a terrible cost of forty-eight per cent of the five regiments engaged in the charge.
At the Wilderness, Colonel Sanders' Regiment, at fearful
loss, aided in driving back the right wing of the Federals commanded by Grant. At the critical moment, Lee himself appeared at the head of the Confederate forces, but was borne back by his soldiers. The First Army Corps succeeded in hurling Grant's right wing from the field.
At the "Death Angle" at Spottsylvania Court House Colonel
Sanders' command suffered fearfully, and he himself was
wounded. The second battle of Cold Harbor and the fight at
Sailor's Creek were the last in which he took part. He was
captured at Sailor's Creek on May 6, 1865, leaving only sixty four men to be surrendered at Appomattox under Lieutenant Jim Hill.
Colonel Sanders was a prisoner in the old Capitol building in Washington City the night of President Lincoln's assassination. He was later transferred to Johnson's Island, Ohio, and was released July 25, 1865, from his fearful sufferings.
FROM: Men Of Mark In Georgia
by: William J. Northen - 1908