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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Georgia's Last Confederate Soldier

General William Joshua Bush was born July 10, 1845 in Wilkinson County, Georgia on the old Bush Plantation in Wilkinson County. He joined the confederate army in 1861 along with his cousin and became part of Co. B, 14th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia. In October of 1861 he was mustered out of the army in Richmond, Virginia for some sort of injury, but later rejoined in October of 1864 and fought valiantly in the battles of Atlanta, Milledgeville, Cross Keys and Duncans Old Field. He served with a company which called itself Joe Brown's Pets and remained with the company until it surrendered at Stephens Station of the Central Railway in 1865. Bush was never a general but was given the honorary title because of the many offices which he held in the Confederate Veterans Association. He attended most of the annual reunions and was last present at Norfolk, Virginia in 1951 and in Jackson, Mississippi in 1952. Five months later the veterns were disbanded. He died on Armistice Day on November 11, 1952 at Fitzgerald, Georgia, aged 107 years and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.

Jeannette Holland Austin, author of over 100 genealogy books
Georgia Pioneers

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