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Newnan in Coweta County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Birthplace of a Confederate Hero

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By David Seibert, June 19, 2010
1. Birthplace of a Confederate Hero Marker
Inscription. William Thomas Overby was born on this site in the 1840s. He enlisted May 31, 1861, in Co. A, 7th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, C.S.A. Later served with the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Mosby’s Rangers, and participated in many raids that harassed the enemy.

On Friday, Sept. 23, 1864, Overby and five other Rangers were captured at Front Royal, Va. Overby was offered his freedom if he would reveal the hiding place of Mosby’s Rangers. This he refused to do, so he was hanged without the benefit of a trial. He “lay down his life for his friends”.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 038-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 23.946′ N, 84° 39.314′ W. Marker is in Newnan, Georgia, in Coweta County. Marker is at the intersection of Col. Joe M. Jackson Medal of Honor Highway (Georgia Route 34) and Thomas Overby Drive, on the right when traveling east on Col. Joe M. Jackson Medal of Honor Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newnan GA 30265, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Birthplace of a Confederate Hero Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2010
2. Birthplace of a Confederate Hero Marker
Looking east on Georgia Highway 34
flies. Skirmish at Shakerag (approx. 6.8 miles away); Palmer Family Cemetery (approx. 7.6 miles away); Holly Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 7.8 miles away); Palmetto (approx. 8.2 miles away); Willis Pentecost Menefee (approx. 8.2 miles away); Confederate Army of Tennessee (approx. 8.2 miles away); Flat Rock African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 8.3 miles away); Confederate Dead (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Front Royal, Va. Markers discussing the Incident.
 
Also see . . .  Overby's Grave. Expanded information on Pvt. William Thomas Overby. (Submitted on June 21, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Birthplace of a Confederate Hero Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2010
3. Birthplace of a Confederate Hero Marker
Looking west; Thomas Overby Drive is in the background
Birthplace of a Confederate Hero Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2010
4. Birthplace of a Confederate Hero Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,195 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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