Georgians on the Road
A few photos of interest showing the influence of Georgia in the Washington, D.C. area.
Dr. Crawford Long was a medical pioneer. He was first to use ether as an anesthesia.He was a roommate of Alexander H. Stephens, Georgia’s other statuary tribute at The Capitol. His statue is located in The Crypt, a room planned for the burial of George and Martha Washington....George Washington’s will had other plans.
Alexander H. Stephens is no stranger to us. Congressman, senator, governor, and also the Vice President of the Confederacy. He was a vocal opponent of secession and eventually funded the educations of former slaves.
The First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) was supposed to be a short and decisive affair. That’s what both sides thought going in. But it was a violent and brutal ordeal, a preview of what the War Between the States would really be. In some of the heaviest fighting, the 7th Georgia Infantry advanced out of the woods and onto Henry Hill where Ricketts’ Battery was engaged in an artillery duel. The Georgian’s captured all the guns in the battery and drove the survivors from the field.
Savannah’s Francis Bartow, namesake of Bartow County, was killed in the fighting at 1st Manassas. His original monument was possibly the first ever placed on a WBTS battlefield.
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