Andrew is my Great Great Grandfather. He lived near White, Georgia (that is between White and Pine Log) in old Cass County now Bartow County Georgia. He did serve in the Georgia Militia during the War of Northern Aggression and was wounded during the Battle of Atlanta July 24, 1864. Legend was that he was a non con being an accomplished blacksmith, too valuable to the army to actually be killed in a fight. He served with the Georgia Militia defending at Lookout Mountain facing Sherman's advance toward Atlanta. Passing Adairsville, Georgia during the retreat toward Atlanta he and a cousin convinced their commanding officer to allow them to make the 20-mile one way trip over to Pine Log to pick up additional tools. They were allowed to go with the stipulation that they return the same day. That officer had an entire unit who's wives and children were just 20 miles east of the camp. The two made the trip but stayed over for the night and came back the next day. Yes they faced court martial and were found guilty of disobeying a direct order. They were sentenced to be shot but the commanding officer determined that it would be best if they took a few yanks with them. They were told that they would be placed in the thick of every battle from that day forward. If they survived they would be free to go. He fought at Kennesaw, and saw action in every fight and finally was wounded in the leg at the Battle of Atlanta near where the Cyclorama is located July 24, 1864. He lost his leg below the knee and was a peg leg for the rest of his life. He was discharged from the army and went home. My great grandfather is his son George W. McEver who would have been conceived in September of 1864. The rest of his unit fronted Sherman's army until the war ended so it was a while before they were able to go home.
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