William Washington Gordon

Located in Laurel Grove Cemetery.
There is a Masonic emblem on the front of the William Washington Gordon grave site. On top of the white marble tomb the inscription reads:


Below this is a saber in a scabbard surrounded by a double wreath with the years 1861-1865 inside one wreath and 1898 -1899 in the second wreath.
William Washington Gordon was born October 14,1834 and died Sept. 11, l912. He was a Captain and Inspector General in the Confederate States Army. In the United States Volunteers he was a Brigadier General. On the right side it reads:

"Member of the Military And Naval Commission for the transfer of Puerto Rico from Spain to the United States".

On the left-hand side it reads:

"The Souls of the Righteous are in the hands of God + In the sight of the unwise they seem to die + but they are in peace".


with what looks like the Roman numeral III. On the back of the tomb is a simple plain Cross. All around the edge looks like pinecones and pine straw. NOTE: The plus signs are small crosses on the tomb.

Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar

Charles Lamar was born in Savannah, Ga. on April 1,1824, the son of a wealthy family. From the time of his baptism in the arms of the Marquis de Lafayette he grew up to be brass and bold. He was most likely to get in an argument, shout in a loud voice, and use fisticuffs and firearms. His red hair is said to have attributed to his fiery temper. At the tender age of fourteen he heroically tried to save his mother and five brothers and sisters when his father’s steamship, Pulaski,blew up and sank off the coast of North Carolina. Charles remained close to his father, although his father remarried a younger woman. His father amassed a contingency, which Charles enjoyed. So much so that he let his Yacht Wanderer import slaves to Jekyll Island flying the colors of the New York Yacht Club. Georgia became a prosperous state. When the yacht was impounded Charles was accused of running a slave ship. Lamar was later acquitted of the charges brought against him as he was not on the Wanderer. When the war began in 1861 he was in the Home Guard and made Captain. The Home Guards later became know as Lamar Mounted Rifles. He took command of the 25th Regiment Georgia Volunteers. He met his death after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

Charles Lamar is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery. At the top of his monument is a wreath that is draped. Below that is a scabbard decorated with Ivy Vine.

Inscribed on his monument are the words:

"In the morning it flourisheth and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down and withereth."

Enoch Brady

The first Confederate soldier interred in the soldiers lot in Laurel Grove Cemetery was Enoch Brady. He was a Private in Joe Brown’s Volunteers, who died on the 15th of June, 1861, of Typhoid Fever age 27 and was buried in Lot No. 850, the eleventh grave. as recorded by A. F. Torlay keeper


This monument, the figure of a lady, keeps tranquility in the soldiers field in Laurel Grove Cemetery. Savannahians know her as “Silence.” She was originally in the cupola of the Confederate monument in Forsyth Park. When she was removed that section was bricked and decorated and “Silence” was placed in Laurel Grove Cemetery on a handsome pedestal donated by Captain H. J. Dickerson in the soldiers lot. The front reads: “To The Confederate Dead. To The Men of Gettysburg.”
Unveiled 1875

Old Tom

This grave marker is found in Laurel Grove Cemetery North. The marker is in memory of Old Tom who was the faithful servant for fifty years of Captain John F. Wheaton. Old Tom died on February 11, 1901 at the age of 96 years. He was honored with a Southern Cross of Honor for his bravery in the War Between the States.

John L. Branch
Laurel Grove

This is the resting place of Lieut. J. L. Branch, C. S. A., Adjutant of the 8th Regiment Georgia Volunteers. He was born the 4th of March 1838 and was slain in the Battle of Manassas Olains on July 21, 1881. "Son, brother, patriot, friend, sweet be the rest, in thee, death claimed our bravest and our best, content to fall, thy sole regret was this, to die without thy much loved Mother’s kiss, thy latest charge was 'brother’s, bid her weep no tears for me' then praying 'fell asleep'." Lula

Sanford Branch
Laurel Grove

Sanford, Hamilton and John the Branch boys as they were lovelying refereed to by their fellow soldiers. Others referred to them a Charlotte’s boys. Sanford ‘Santy’ . They were also Francis S. Bartow’s boy’s all beardless teenagers, one of them remarked our captain treats us more like his children than like his soldiers, they served in Oglethoroe’s Light Infantry. Brother “Santy” Branch had been closer to John during the fighting, “I scarcely know how to begin this sad, sad letter,”to mother as he himself had been captured and taken prisoner in a compound in Washington, July 26, 1861.

He and his brothers were among those who gallantry and honor of whom it may, emphatically be said followed Francis S. Bartow into Virginia. Perhaps the most lamented slain were the six young soldiers from the same Sunday class killed at the battle of Bull Run while serving in the Oglethorpe, Light Infantry. They were among the troops who fought with Bartow in the spring in the thick of the fiercest fighting at Manassas. Bartow lost his life in that battle as did John L. Branch. Sanford saw john suffer his death wound, and cradled his dying brother in his arms and was captured shortly afterward.

He wrote his mother from prison compound in Washington on July 26, he told her of John’s last words being of her and their brother Hamilton. H e wrote about the other slain Oglethorpe,’s Julius A Ferrill, George M. Butler, William H. Crane, Ryan Morel and Thomas Purse, Jr. were buried together and they were buried in a trench on the battlefield. Hamilton sent their mother lockets of John’s hair.

The remains of the Oglethorpe, Light infantry were returned to Savannah February 1862. A mass funeral for them was held at the Independent Presbyterian Church. All were young men, none yet married. They died as brave soldiers.

Henry Rootes Jackson

Born in Athens, Ga., June 24, 1820. U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Austria, 1853-54; U.S. Minister to Austria, 1854-58; Presidential Elector from Georgia, 1860; delegate to Georgia secession convention, 1861; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; U.S. Minister to Mexico, 1885-86. Interment at Bonaventure Cemetery.


The patriot soldier and the true man. Born in Effingham County, Georgia October 1, 1831, died at his post Ringgold, Georgia, November 27, 1863. The brightest hopes lie buried here. Before the war his profession was that of a lawyer, and state solicitor. His service in the War Between the States, 1861 Captain in the 25th Georgia, September 1861 Col., he served with the Department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida Vicksburg Campaign. He commanded corps at Chichamauga, November 1863. Brigadier General in November 1863, he died after a fever. He is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery.


GENERAL ROBERT HOUSTON ANDERSON was born in Savannah, Georgia on October 1, 1835. He graduated West Point in 1857 a brevet second lieutenant. He was with the U. S Infantry at Fort Columbus, New York. Upon the outbreak of the War Between the States he resigned his commission in 1861. offered his services to the Confederate army. He rose rapidly in rank, He served with the 5th cavalry on the Georgia coast and was promoted to colonel of the 5th Georgia Cavalry. While still with the 5th cavalry he received a promotion to brigadier general. He served with General Joseph Wheeler's Corps until he surrendered on April 26, 1865. He returned to Savannah after the war and was appointed chief of police, he served Savannah in that capacity until his death February 8, 1888. He is buried in Savannah in Bonaventure Cemetery, lot F-12.

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