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William Osborn

David and Edna Osborn were born in South Carolina. They had moved to Georgia before 1822–that's when their first son was born and he was born in Georgia.

They were included in the 1850 Census living in Murray County as: David, age 65; Edna, age 57; Isham, age 28; Margaret, age 26; John, age 24; Frances, age 22; Sarah, age 20; Anderson, age 18; Mary A., age 16, William, age 14; and Susan, age 11.

Records in the Murray County Courthouse contain the following: L. W. Osborne enlisted in Company B, 37th Georgia, 4th Brigade. Service began June 1861. Killed at Spring Place, Georgia. His military service record was not found.

So few soldiers died in fighting on Murray soil that it is very likely that William Osborn died in one of the two skirmishes detailed in the book, Murray County Heritage. "Two skirmishes took place west of Spring Place. One occurred on February 27, 1864 as Thomas was advancing. The second and seemingly more severe was in April. Both encounters took place west of Spring Place. A letter from Union General George H. Thomas describes the April battle as follows: Early on the morning of the 15th Maj. Gen. Steedman, with two regiments of white and six companies of colored troops arrived at Dalton from Chattanooga and immediately attacked the enemy, driving him off toward Spring Place, after four hours of fighting. The enemy's loss was heavy–he left his dead and wounded on the field. Our loss was 40 killed, 55 wounded. We captured about 50 wounded and two surgeons."

This might also explain why a military hospital existed for a brief time near the old Spring Place Cemetery.

It is very likely that Osborn's unit, Company B, 37th Georgia, participated in the fighting mentioned above because that unit was in fighting in Dalton area, February 22-27, 1864, at Rocky Face, May 7-13, then Resaca May 14-15. It makes sense that they were also involved in the fighting near Spring Place, February 27 and April 15.


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