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Portrait of Private Edwin Francis JEMISON,
 2nd Louisiana Regiment, CSA. Image from the Library of Congress, as copied from the private collection of Mamie Jemison Chestney

Private Edwin Francis JEMISON
Dec 1, 1844 - July 1, 1862
"the face of a lost generation"

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".

HISTORY CORRECTED

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:
"Edwin Francis
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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