Jennifer, It seems so many people over the years have been affected in one way or another by the photo of that sad little 17 year old Confederate soldier. So have I. In 1996, an article appeared in the AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, entitled "Famous Rebel Was A Georgian", along with the photo of E.F. Jemison. It caught my attention since my mother's maiden name was Harriet Jemison Hayes (Stanaland), named for her grandmother, RHODA JEMISON (Lester). I filed the article away in my genealogy files to research at another time. Recently, I got around to the research. Upon reading your post along with Sandy Bartons, I thought you might be interested in the article.
It is much too long to copy here, but here are a few facts:
The article told of a lady, living in New Hampshire, who as a teenager, saw a photo of E. F. Jemison in a Civil War book and as she reported,'she fell in love with him' and through the years never forgot him. Then as an adult, she finally began a lengthy search to find out who he was to put the strange feeling about him to rest. Years of detective work followed: ( You would need to read the extent of her search) But for now, these few facts she turned up are interesting:
- He was Pvt. E F Jemison ( not Jennison) from Georgia, killed in the battle of Malvern Hill near Richmond in July 1862 only a year after the photo, which is so famous, was taken.
- He is buried in Milledgeville , Georgia in the Memory Hill Cemetery.
- The lady from NH finally found her way to Thomasvill, GA to meet Virginia Jemison Higgins who had inherited the effects of her Aunt Maimie Jemison Chestney, of Macon, GA. From these inherited items Mrs. Higgins found the photograph the 'lady' (Ms. Aiello) had longed to touch. It was the original daguerreotype of the young soldier, Edwin Francis Jemison. He was the uncle of Manie Jemison Chestney.
If you would like a copy of the article, contact me, I will send you one.
Frances Stanaland Lindley
P.S I have found a connection to the little 'soldier boy'.
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