Newnan in Coweta County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
William Thomas Overby
William Thomas Overby
Enlisted May 31, 1861, Co. A. 7th Ga. Infantry. Wounded at Second Manassas Aug. 30, 1862. Then joined Co. D, 43rd Batln. Mosby's Rangers.
Raided within Federal lines to embarrass enemy, causing U.S. Grant to issue order. "When found Mosby's men to be hanged without trial."
Captured at Front Royal, Va., Friday Sept. 23, 1864. Offered his life to reveal hiding place of Mosby's men. This he refused, and was executed without trial.
A Federal said, "He was the Nathan Hale of the Confederacy." Scott said, "He was a famous soldier — and died unafraid." A lady, present at his death said, "He died a Christian — unafraid." He suffered death rather that betray his friends. Buried at Markham, Va.
Erected 1956 by Alfred Colquitt and Newnan Chapters UDC.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. GrantUnited Daughters of the Confederacy series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is May 31, 1899.
Location. 33° 22.491′ N, 84° 48.018′ W. Marker is in Newnan, Georgia, in Coweta County. Memorial is at the intersection of West Court Square and North Court Square, on the left when traveling west on West Court Square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 East Court Square, Newnan GA 30263, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maj. Stephen W. Pless (here, next to this marker); Col. Joe M. Jackson (here, next to this marker); Coweta County VFW Memorial (a few steps from this marker); William McIntosh (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of General Daniel Newnan (within shouting distance of this marker); Coweta County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Hospitals (within shouting distance of this marker); Coweta County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newnan.
Also see . . . William Thomas Overby. Overby, William Thomas Known as "The Nathan Hale of the Confederacy." April 1840-1864 Co. D 43 Bn. Va. Cav. CSA (Submitted on December 21, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
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