"MEMOIRS OF GEORGIA", Historical and Biographical Sketches by S. Emmett Lucas, Jr., Published in 1896.
Author: MEMOIRS OF GEORGIA
W. W. FITTS, physician and surgeon, Carrollton, Carroll Co., Ga., son of Walker and Ann P. (Christian) Fitts, was born in Elbert County, Ga., in 1830. His grandfather, Tandy Fitts, was born in Virginia, and was a soldier during the revolutionary war. His father was also born in Virginia, and came to Elbert county and settled in the woods in 1820. In 1829 he went to Monroe County, Ga., and again cleared a farm in the woods. His grandfather on his mother's side, William Christian, was born in Virginia, moved to Georgia, and was among Elbertís early settlers. Mr. Fitts was reared in. Monroe county, and was educated in an old-time log schoolhouse with dirt floor, lighted through apertures cut in the logs, the seats being of slabs from the near-by sawmill, with holes bored in them in which to insert the legs. There he was instructed in the old blue-back Webster's speller, reading, writing, and in Smiley's arithmetic, by Prof. Newnan. In after years he attended a good school, taught. school himself and studied medicine. In 1856 he went to Atlanta, placed himself under the preceptor ship of Drs. J. G. and W. F. Westmoreland, and entered Atlanta Medical College, where he graduated in 1860, and located in Calhoun county, Ala. In 1861 he enlisted in Company K (Capt. Ridley), Forty-fourth Alabama regiment (Col.Dent).
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