Saturday, May 30, 2009
The following is a transcript of the 1881 Junior Class at Mercer University, Macon, GA., transcribed from a true copy of the original document.
(Repository: Mercer University Library, Macon, GA. )
Transcribed, 05-30-09, by: Woody Coleman, email@example.com
1881 CATALOGUE OF MERCER UNIVERSITY. (page) 7
NAME & RESIDENSE.
James L. Anderson ,..............Bibb co., GA.
Joseph L. Anderson,..............Jones co., GA.
Charleton E. Battle,.............Stewart co., GA.
Frank L. Cato,...................Sumter co., GA.
Robert E. Cato,.................Sumter Co., GA.
Samuel E. Chambliss,.............Bibb co., GA.
W. Harvey Clarke,................Polk co., GA.
John W. Coleman,.................Cobb co., GA.
William F. Coleman,..............Cobb co., GA.
Mortimer T. Davis,...............Houston co., GA.
Walter G. Green,.................Burke co., GA.
Franklin Bartow Gregory,.........Stewart co., GA.
James O. Hamilton,...............Pulaski co., GA.
Richard I. Harris,...............Washington co., GA.
David W. Hill,...................Bibb co., GA.
William S. Howell,...............Greene co., GA.
Henry H. Kilpatrick,.............Richmond co., GA.
Hugh H. Kilpatrick,..............Greene co., GA.
Edmund T. May,...................Washington co., GA.
Arthur H. McBryde,...............Bibb co., GA.
Rufus E. Murrow,.................Burke co., GA.
Lewis B. Paullin,................Bibb co., GA.
Micajah B. Pickett,..............Sumter co.,GA.
Schiller B. Poland,..............Laurens co.,GA.
Sylvester S. Powell,.............Liberty co.,GA.
James T. Ross,...................Houston co.,GA.
John P. Ross,....................Houston co.,GA.
Walter M. Ryals,.................Bartow co.,GA.
James A. Smith,..................Houston co.,GA.
Clem P. Steed,...................Bibb co.,GA.
J. Berrien Walker,...............Bibb co.,GA.
Jed. Daniel Walker,..............Coweta co.,GA.
Broadus E. Willingham,...........Bibb co.,GA.
Friday, May 29, 2009
" This country with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can excercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it." ABRAHAM LINCOLN, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
President Ronald Reagan
As we approach MEMORIAL DAY, this Monday, May 25th, 2009, we again are called to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Its been many years since I retired from the United States Army but
several verses from the Code of Conduct and the Army Oath of Enlistment ,which I stll hold sacred, still reverberate in my conciousness:
"I am an American fighting man, I serve in the forces which guard my
country and protect our way of life ...I will never forget that I am an
American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free... I will trust in God and the United States of America" (from the "Code of Conduct)
"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of
the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...that I
will bear true faith an allegiance to the same...So help me God." (Oath of Enlistment)
All US Armed Forces men and women are familiar with the content of these two affirmations, the principles of which, are embodied in our American "Declaration of Independence," and "US Constitution."
The principles defined and implied in these documents are what our armed forces men and women, past and present, fought and died for in order to bequeath to us and our posterity, the blessings of liberty.
Let us remember them and their sacrifice as we remain true to the fundamental principles and ideals upon which our country was founded, and teach our children reverence for the same!
Command Sergeant Major, US Army, Retired
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The 50th Georgia Infantry Regiment was formed in March, 1862, in Savannah, Georgia. It served with the Army of Northern Virginia from July, 1862 until it's surrender at Appomattox Court House, except during Longstreet's 1863 expedition to Georgia and Tennessee. Upon reaching Virginia, it was assigned to Drayton's Brigade. During the Battle of Antietam, the regiment was assigned to Toomb's Brigade. After the battle, the 50th Regiment was permanently assigned to Paul Jones Semmes's Brigade. The subsequent brigade commanders were Goode Bryant and James P. Simms.
Organization: The regiment was organized as follows:
Field staff and band
Colonel William R. Manning (March 22, 1862 thru July 31, 1863, Resigned)
Colonel Peter Alexander Selkirk McGlashan (July 31, 1863 thru end of war [captured at Sailor's Creek, Virginia, April 6, 1865, Released from Johnson's Island, Ohio, July 25, 1865])
Lieut. Colonel Francis Kearse (March 22, 1862 thru July 2, 1863, Killed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Lieut. Colonel William O. Fleming (July 31, 1863 thru December 22, 1863, Resigned)
Lieut. Colonel Pliny Sheffield (December 21, 1863 thru November 28, 1864, Resigned [Wounded in right arm necessitating amputation at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864])
Major Phillip Coleman Pendleton (March 22, 1862 thru October 8, 1862, Resigned)
Major Duncan Curry (October 8, 1862 thru February 24, 1863, Resigned)
Major William O. Fleming (February 24, 1863 thru July31, 1863, Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel)
Major Pliny Sheffield (July 31, 1863 thru December 21, 1863, Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel)
Major John M. Spence (December 21, 1863 thru February 14, 1865 when granted a leave of absence)
James M. Fleming (March 22, 1862 thru March 23, 1863, Died)
James P. Graves (March 23, 1863 thru September 17, 1863, Resigned)
R. T. Roberds/Roberts (September 17, 1863 (?) thru November, 1863, Killed at Knoxville, Tennessee)
A. McGlashan (April 12, 1864 thru October 19, 1864, captured at Cedar Creek, Virginia [Released at Fort Delaware, Delaware in June or July, 1865])
Company A - Satilla Rangers (Pierce County)
Company B - Ware Volunteers (Ware County)
Company C - Coffee County Guards (Coffee County)
Company D - Valdosta Guards (Lowndes County)
Company E - Thomas County Rangers (Thomas County)
Company F - Decatur Infantry (Decatur County)
Company G - Clinch Volunteers (Clinch and Echols Counties)
Company H - Colquitt Marksmen (Colquitt County)
Company I - Berrien Light Infantry (Berrien County)
Company K - Brooks Volunteers (Brooks County)
Mercer's Brigade, Military District of Georgia, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (April-June 1862) Military District of Georgia, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (June-July 1862) Drayton's Brigade, Drayton's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (July 1862) Drayton's Brigade, D. R. Jones' Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (August-October 1862) Drayton's Brigade, McLaws' Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (October-November 1862) Semmes'-Bryan's Brigade, McLaw's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (November 1862-September 1863) Bryan's Brigade, McLaw's Division, Longstreet's Corps, Army of Tennessee (September-November 1863) Bryan's Brigade, McLaw's-Kershaw's Division, Department of East Tennessee (November 1863-April 1864) Bryan's Brigade, Kershaw's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (April-August 1864) Bryan's Brigade, Kershaw's Division, Valley District (August-November 1864) Bryan's-Simms' Brigade, Kershaw's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (November 1864-April 1865)
Campaign and Battle Participation:
Second Bull Run (Manasses),(August 28-30, 1862)
South Mountain (September 14, 1862)
Antietam (September 17, 1862)
Fredericksburg (December 13, 1862)
Chancellorsville (May 1-4, 1863)
Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863)
Chickamauga [not engaged] (September 19-20, 1863)
Chattanooga Siege (September-November 1863)
Knoxville Siege (November-December 1863)
The Wilderness (May 5-6, 1864)
Spotsylvania Court House (May 8-21, 1864)
North Anna (May 23-26, 1864)
Cold Harbor (June 1-3, 1864)
Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
Cedar Creek (October 19, 1864)
Sayler's Creek (April 6, 1865)
Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)
Ancestors and Kin:
The following ancestors and kin of the Coleman-Young family served in the 50th Georgia Infantry:
Private Samuel W. Register , Clinch co. GA., Company G.
(Wounded at Battle of Manasses Aug. 30th, 1862.)
Private John Taylor Register, Clinch co., GA., Company G.
Private Guilford A. Register, Clinch co., GA., Company G.
Private Oliver Perry Register, Clinch co., GA., Company G.
Source: (Extract: From the Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia, by Stewart Sifakis, Copyright 1995.
Monday, May 11, 2009
On June 9th, 1846 he enlisted for service in the Mexican War at Louisville, Kentucky serving with the 1st Regiment (Marshall’s) Kentucky Cavalry. Stationed initially at Camp Patterson, Texas on October 31st, his unit was ordered to Monterey, Mexico in December 1846. During his Mexican War service he saw action in the Battle of Agua Nacoa and was with General Taylor at the Battle of Buena Vista. He carried a scar from that battle where he received a wound inflicted by a Mexican Cavalryman. He was afterwards with General Scot at the fall of Mexico City and was the second man over the wall at the fall of that fortress city. He was discharged from service following the war on June 1st 1847 at New Orleans. During the war he contracted chronic dysentery which he never got over.
In 1848, he went to California where he amassed a fortune and lost it all by the causes of fire , flooding and Indian raids and spent the next two years on the Texas frontier fighting Indians.
On June 15th, 1861, at the opening of the War Between The States, he enlisted in the 1st Battalion, (McNairy’s), Tennessee Cavalry serving in the rank of Major. His campaign participation included operations in Kentucky and Tennessee and he carried the last train out of Atlanta, Georgia just before its fall into the hands of Federal troops.
Following the War Between The States and the South’s defeat, rather than endure the persecution and humiliation of “Reconstruction,” he traveled to Mexico, where with other like-minded Confederate soldiers, he helped to plant a Confederate colony. Following the plantation of his colony in Mexico, he returned to Atlanta, Georgia where he planed and organized another colony of ex-Confederate soldiers and their families. Setting out in the Spring of 1867, his colony of thirty families made their way to New Orleans where they booked passage for Spanish Honduras (The Republic of Honduras). Despite their difficulties, upon arrival at Fortress Omoa, near Puerto Cortes, Major Malcolm led his colony of Southern refugees into the interior of Honduras where at Comayagua, Honduras he met with representatives of the Republic and presented a letter for President Medina of the Republic of Honduras explaining their reasons for emigration and an offer of services in exchange for citizenship, certain considerations and concessions:
To find in this that which we have lost in our own native land, liberty.
To make this what our country was before it was destroyed by our enemies.
Our desire is to become citizens of the Republic at once, to be a part of your people, to claim your protection, to defend you with our lives from foreign invasion, and to do our whole duty to our adopted country.
In coming among you we would state that on account of our recent great misfortunes, many of us are greatly impoverished, and without going into further preliminary remarks, would give this as our reason for asking you to grant the following privileges and donations. ...With the highest consideration, I am gentlemen, your obedient servant.(Signed) G. MALCOLM.Comayagua, Honduras, C.A., May 3, 1867.”
Soon after establishing their colony near San Pedro Sula, and naming it the colony of “Medina”, in honor of the President of the Republic of Honduras, it was decided to place the government of their local interests under the control of a council, in order to avoid the necessity of assembling the entire colony when any question of interest or expediency should arise likely to affect their welfare. At a public meeting, an election was held of the following representatives:
Major Malcolm as their presiding officer, L. G. Pirkle, H.H. Briers, George W. WaltersJ.H. Wade, and P. Goldsmith, Secy.
Major Malcolm was later appointed Minister of Immigration by the government of the Republic of Honduras in order to facilitate their transition of new arrivals to the colony.
About 1870, Major Malcolm removed to Texas where he remained till his death on December 11th, 1906 in Malakoff, Henderson county, Texas. Major Malcolm was twice married, first to Nannie Roark and second to Susan Francis Lee, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Strong) Lee of San Jacinto county, Texas. From these two marriages spring many descendants. Major Malcolm is buried in the Post Oak Memorial Cemetery in Malakoff, Henderson county, Texas.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
BIRTH: William Forrest Coleman was born March 17, 1864 in Carrollton, Carroll county, Georgia. His parents were William Allen Coleman and Cynthia Florence Riggs of Carroll County, Georgia. His paternal grandparents were Major Henry Allen Coleman and Sarah Ann Barnes of the 6th District in Carroll county, Georgia. His maternal grandparents were the Reverend John and Jane (Florence) Riggs also of the 6th District, in Carroll county, Georgia. (Ref. Bio of W.A. Coleman, Memoirs of Georgia,Vol 1, 1895)
NAME: William's middle name "FORREST," was given him in honor of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former Commander of his father, William Allen Coleman. Family lore has it that Nathan Bedford
Forrest was William Forrest Coleman's godfather. Ref. Interview of John Forrest Coleman, 1996.
EVENT: In 1866, W.F. Coleman's father, William .A. Coleman of the 1st Georgia Cavalry, joins a group of like-minded friends and ex-confederates who decide to immigrate to Spanish Honduras. Ref. Laura Kolb Coleman, Letters and Interview -1963.
EDUCATION: Attended Mercer University
OCCUPATION: W.F. Coleman was a PLANTER and INDUSTRIALIST. He was the Proprieter of LA W.F. COLEMAN INDUSTRIAL,SA, and the director of LA C.J. WARREN INDUSTRIAL,SA. in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. In addition, he served as the AMERICAN CONSULAR AGENT to San Pedro Sula from May
1927 til that post closed in December 1930. Ref. (1) Bio of W.A. Coleman, Memoirs of Georgia, 1895. (2) Department of State Records for San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Ref. (1) Department of State Records,
National Archives. (2) Biografia De San Pedro Sula: 1536-1954" by Rodolfo Pastor Fasquelle,1989, CENTRAL IMPRESORA, S.A.
MARRIAGE to Yndalecia Paredes, d/o Juan Angel Paredes and Dominga Paz , a prominent family of Santa Barbara and San Pedro Sula, Honduras. CHILDREN:
NEWS ARTICLE: February 7, 1896, CARROLL COUNTY FREE PRESS, Newspaper, Carrollton, GA." Mr. W. F. Coleman, of Spanish Honduras, son of Mr. W. A. Coleman of this place, is on a visit to his father here. He came in on last Tuesday night. He is accompanied by his little boy about seven years of ge. He will remain over a month or two. He was last in the states in 1892. He comes for the benefit of his health."
NEWS ARTICLE: February 21, 1896, CARROLL COUNTY FREE PRESS, Newspaper, Carrollton, GA."Mr. Will Coleman, a son of Capt. W.A. Coleman, who is here on a visit from Honduras, has his little six year old boy with him, and he can't speak a word of English, and our little boys consider him quite a curiosity, and they in passing him to talk "furrin talk. " (Note: The child was William Edgar Coleman)
EVENT: In 1907, W.F. Coleman introduced the first automobile, a Ford Coup imported from New Orleans, LA., to the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Ref. La Prensa Newspaper, June 29, 1976, page 16, San Pedro
EVENT: February 7, 1916. ARREST & DETENTION W.F. COLEMAN.
annoyances to which we have been subjected during the past few years, and which have become remarkably more frequent and more annoying due to the fact that they have been allowed to pass by without any attention on the part of the American Goverment. If your instance will serve to fix the attention of the American Goverment on the abuses to which we are being subjected, and obtain a disavowel of the tyrannical and arbitrary acts of high officials, the extremely unpleasant and dangerous experience through which I passed will not have been in vain. About 2:30 p.m. of the 7th instant I was "cited" by a policeman to
appear at the police station. As I have always made it a point, no matter how inconvenient, to obey these "citations" on the instant, I went immediately tothe police station and presented myself to the officer at the desk whom I supposed to be the chief of police. I was asked if my name was William Coleman. I replied that it was. I was then informed that I was fined one peso for nothaving my dwelling decorated on the first of February. I answered that I had not done so because I had considered that it was a voluntary act
and not obligatory, but that it had not been my intention to do so in deference to thecustom of the country, but not finding suitable material (with) which to do so, it had not been done. I based my action to a great extent on the fact that my dwelling house is in the suburbs of the town, and in fact, not within the city limits. Also on the fact that none of my neighbors had decorated and there noticed that none of these had been
fined. I reiterated my belief that such act was not obligatory and refused to pay the fine. Fortunately the amount involved was so insignificant, being only 35 cents U.S. currency, that this did not enter into the matter in so far as determined to the action I took. I was then informed that I had to pay. On my reiteration that I would not pay, the chief called up (telephoned) the Governor, (an act entirely irregular, as such matters pertain exclusively to the Alcalde Politico) and informed him that that I, calling my name, had refused to pay.
While I could not catch all of the conversation, I inferred from their succeeding actions that drastic measures were to be taken. I was then ordered into the section set for the barracks, and in a few minutes was
called into a cell set apart for drunks--I foundmyself in a small room without any ventilation except what could come through a hole in the door about six inches square, with the floor partly boarded and partly bare ground, covered with the litter of its recent occupants for whom it had served as a water-closet as well as
sleeping apartment, without light and without anything to sit upon except the ground, which was running with vermin and uncleanness. I was informed that I was "incomunicado" and was not allowed to send word
to anyone. In this place, in a standing position, without light, water or nourishment of any kind, I was kept until about 6 p.m. Then as I had become faint from the position I was compelled to keep and from the lack of water and ventilation I requested the attention of a physician. No attention was paid to my request though informed that I was suffering. About one hour later, however, I was informed that Doctor Paz had been called. I believe that this concession on their part was actuated only by the activity of yourself and other friends. The Doctor came to see me and went away to prepare the medicine that I required. He returned shortly with some, telling me to take it with water. I asked the guard for water and was informed that there was water inthe cell. I groped around in the dark and found an earthen vessel with some kind of fluid in it which appeared to me rather the vomitings of some late occupant of the cell, consequently entirely undrinkable. In the meantime, theDoctor having heard my request for water, begged them to give me some
that I could take the medicine. At his request it was brought to me. Shortly after this, Mr. F.P. Blas, my partner, after a great deal of trouble as you are aware, was allowed to see me. He wished to bring me
something to (eat), but in the condition I was in and with my surroundings it would have been impossible for me to have taken even a mouthful. I requested a cup of coffee and prepared to spend the night as best I could, as no provision had been made for a seat, much less a board to lie upon. At eight o'clock the door was opened and I was informed that I was at liberty. After resting a few minutes in the station I requested to be informed on what ground my release had been ordered. I could get no satisfaction whatever from the Chief excepting
that it was by order of his Superior. This is the true relation of the incidents as they occurred and are in no way exaggerated for the occasion. The condition of the cell can be verified at anytime and the hours that I was confined in a standing position are known to all my friends. At my age, and being actually under treatment for
stomach trouble, as you are aware, it is remarkable that I was able to retain sensibility for so long a time. I beg to repeat my desire for this to be carried as far as you can get the American goverment to listen to you, not for my benefit that (may) accrue to me directly, but that such action may be taken as will prevent a like experience for another. Yours very sincerely, W.F. Coleman
NOTE: Enclosure # 6; a follow up letter to Dr. J.M. Mitchell,Jr., American Consular Agent for San Pedro Sula, from W.F. Coleman, dated February 10, 1916.
the town, he remarked that he had been compelled to place some fines, but that the work as a whole had been well done. He said further, "I was sent a list of those who had not decorated their houses on February
1st, but I refused to collect the fines indicated as I did not consider it in keeping with the spirit that should make it a voluntary act, and that, furthermore, it would be bitterly opposed as not in accordance
with previous customs and traditions." He indicated that, very probably, the fines would be collected through other channels by order of the Governor. I also wish to inform you that I have consulted my lawyer on the legal facts, and am informed that the proceedings were entirely irregular. Begging that you will addition this to my above referred to communication of the 8th, I am very respectfully, W.F. Coleman
EVENT: Co-Founder in 1921 of the Casino Sampedrano, a distinguished social club in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
MEMBERSHIP: Augsust 2, 1923; William F. Coleman, MASTER MASON of Lodge No. 69 under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and Grand Lodge of Georgia, Member of Lodge Cortes. Puerto Cortes, Honduras, No. 1315.
EVENT: Application of W.F. Coleman as Consular Agent at San Pedro Sula Honduras to the Secretary of State, Washington, dated January 15, 1926.( An American colony existed in San Pedro Sula for which it was
considered necessary to have the post of an American Consular Agent in that city). Extract of Letter from Honorable Ray Fox, American Consul:Sir: I have the honor to forward, for the favorable consideration of
the Department, the application of Mr. W. F. Coleman, an American citizen and registered as such under the Department's Serial No. 5,332 of August 16, 1917,for appointment as American Consular Agent at San Pedro Sula, Honduras, under the jurisdiction of this office. Mr. Coleman is quite familiar with the duties of the Agent having usually acted as such when the former Consular Agent, Dr. J.M. Mitchell Jr., was absent. He is also one of the oldest residents in this section of Honduras, inpoint of years, and is very familiar with past and present conditions, political and economic. On numerous occasions he has demonstrated his zeal in guarding the
rights and security of American citizens resident within his jurisdiction, and has at all times endeavored to maintain the dignity and authority of his office. As proprietor of the La W.F. Coleman Industrial S.A., and Director of La C.J. Warren Industrial S.A., together with interests in other
important enterprises, marks him as one of the leading Americans, industrially, in this Department. I do not hesitate to recommend that the Department grant to this application its favorable consideration.
I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, Ray Fox American Consul. Ref. Department of State Records, National Archives.
EVENT: Letter dated July 12, 1927 from Herscel V. Johnson, Charge d'Affaires ad interim of the Legation of the United States of America contained the following biographical information: COLEMAN, William
Forrest--Born in Carroll county, Georgia, March 17, 1864; attended Mercer University; engaged in business in Honduras; appointed Consular Agent at San Pedro Sula May 24, 1927. Ref. Department of State Records,
EVENT: Extract-- Sir: I have the honor to inform the Department that leave of absence, with permission to visit the United States, was granted to the American Consular Agent, William Forrest Coleman, at San
Pedro Sula, Honduras, and that he departed from his post on October 15, 1927. I have appointed James Henry Coleman as Acting Consular Agent
during the interim, and am enclosing a specimin of his signature under the seal of theAgency. I have the honor to be,Sir, our obedient servant, Ray Fox .. American Consul.
State Department. Note: This was the same year that W.F. Coleman's son, Arthur B. Coleman, died in Carrollton, GA.Leave of Absence Granted to the Consular Agent... dated October 25,1927 at Puerto Cortes, Honduras.Ref. Department of State Records, national Archives.
EVENT: American Consulate, Puerto Cortes, Honduras; February 9, 1916.
describing the political outlook as ripe for revolution. ------ Legation of the United States, Tegucigalpa, dated September 1, 1928:
Reporting information that William Coleman, son of William Forrest Coleman, is actively engaged on the north coast, in a campaign of propaganda in favor of General Tosta, which is incendiary and inciting
to revolution. Ref. Department of State Records, National Archives.
DEATH/BURIAL: W.F. Coleman died Februaury 10, 1944 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He is buried in the Coleman Family Mauseleum located in the Old Central City cemetery, San Pedro Sula, Honduras.