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John and Loring Suggs

John Suggs and Loring Suggs were brothers who died while serving in the Confederate Army.

The 1850 Census listed their family as:

    James Suggs, age 33, born in SC;

    Mary Suggs, age 26, born in KY;

    John Suggs, age 9, born in GA;

    Lorin Suggs, age 7, born in GA;

    Allen Suggs, age 5, born in GA;

    Jane Suggs, age 4, born in GA;

    Madison Suggs, age 3, born in GA;

    James M. Suggs, less than one year, born in GA.

The Census of 1860 contained essentially the same information but listed the mother as Polly. The family had also grown a bit–Elias M. Suggs, age 10; Mary V. Suggs, age 7; Nancy A. Suggs, age 6; Maholy Suggs, age 4; and Samuel G. Suggs, age 2. In 1860 the family used the post office at Holly Creek.

The brothers, John and Loring, enlisted in the Confederate Army, Company A, 34th Georgia Infantry, on May 15, 1862. Their much younger brother, Elias, enlisted (date unknown) in Company A, 39th Regiment, Cummings Volunteers. Military records for Elias simply were not found.

Military records indicate that Loring died at Vicksburg, Mississippi, but gave no date nor details of his death.

The military records for John are more complete. His unit participated in military engagements at Baker's Creek and Vicksburg, Mississippi and at Missionary Ridge, Tennessee in 1863. In 1864, they fought at Dalton, Resaca, Adairsville, and Atlanta, Georgia. They indicate that he was Captured at Atlanta, Georgia, September 4, 1864, and taken to Louisville, Kentucky. He was subsequently taken to Camp Douglas, Illinois on October 29, 1864. While he was a prisoner-of-war at Camp Douglas, Illinois, he died on December 8, 1864, and was buried at that camp.


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