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Anxious Father Waits Days for News of His Son, Pvt. John Clayton Walden (b. 1846)

John Clayton Walden was born 26 March 1846 in Georgia to John M. and Elizabeth Walden. On 8 May 1862, at just over 16 years of age, the younger John was mustered in as a private in Company E (captained by C. H. Richardson ) of the 57th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry. John's Civil War service record ascribed to him the age of 17 years at the time. Bet he fudged a little bit. In his history of the 57th titled Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia *, Scott Walker wrote the following about the Battle of Champion Hill / Baker's Creek: As the men of the Fifty-seventh Georgia crossed Baker's Creek late on the night of May 16 [1863] and raced through the dark for the Big Black River [Mississippi], they were no longer strangers to such tragedy and horror. Their memories were scarred forever by the early days of the Vicksburg campaign. And this portion he wrote about the Siege of Vicksburg: As soon as [General] Grant resigned himself to a siege, he ordered his engineers to begin mo

Lucile Huey Vinson: Classical Music Singer's Short Life Ends in Suicide

I'm usually not a big fan of Old English lettering on gravestones, but in this instance, it seems quite apropos. Lucile Huey was born 26 October 1911 in Georgia to Lena Varn and L. M. Huey. She was a graduate of the Wesleyan (Macon, GA) and Cincinnati conservatories of music. Per a portion of her epitaph, it seems Lucile was a gifted classical music singer - Like a velvet note in a flood of tone, Her rich contralto voice Floated into the Choir Invisible. When Lucile was 22 years of age, she married Georgia Tech graduate William Edward Vinson (1908-1982). He was connected with the Ford Motor Company plant in Atlanta, and the young couple made that city their home. Lucile and William had been married about 13 months when she made a fatal decision to drink carbolic acid on a summer morning in July 1935. Lucile died that same evening at the Georgia Baptist Hospital . Her death certificate deemed the "injury" a suicide. Butler Herald  (Georgia) 11 July 1935 Poison Dose Proves

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)