by Victoria Proctor, © 2003
Everyone with even a passing interest in the Civil War is familiar
with the face of the young soldier shown above. His photograph was taken when he was only
sixteen, a year prior to his death on a battlefield in Virginia. His extreme youth and
early death is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice and terrible losses suffered by families--
in many cases, the loss of an entire generation. For over a hundred years, books
have identified him as "Georgia Private E.F. JENNISON, killed at Malvern Hill", but that
was not his name and he did not serve as a "Georgia Private".
This young soldier's name was in fact "Edwin Francis JEMISON", and
he served under General John Bankhead Magruder as a Private in Company C,
2nd Louisiana Infantry, CSA.
Private Jemison, age 17, was killed at Malvern Hill, Virginia,
by a cannonball on July 1, 1862, and his family did live in Milledgeville, Georgia
prior to moving to Ouachita Parish, Monroe County, Louisiana, where he and his family
are enumerated on the 1860 census.
Private Jemison was the son of Robert W. JEMISON and Sarah C. STUBBS
and is buried in
Memory Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville, Georgia with his parents and others of his family.
His tombstone, shared with his elder brother Henry Baradell Jemison, reads:
Second Son of R.W. & S.C. Jemison
Born Dec. 1, 1844.
Fell a Confederate Soldier at Malvern Hill July 1, 1862."
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