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Francis S. Bartow

Francis S. Bartow was born on September 6, 1816 in Savannah, Georgia. Prior to the war, he served several terms in the Georgia State legislature. As a captain of a Savannah militia company, Bartow helped seize Fort Pulaski from federal authorities on January 3, 1861. On June 1 he was commissioned colonel of the 8th Georgia. The regiment was ordered to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, where he was placed in command of the 2nd Brigade of the Army of Shenandoah. He was mortally wounded near the Henry House at the First Battle of Manassas. His last reported words were: "They have killed me, boys, but never give up the field." He is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.
Source: "More Generals in Gray" Allardice, Bruce S.

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