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John Basil Lamar

 
 
John Basil Lamar Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 8, 2009
1. John Basil Lamar Marker
Inscription. Col. John Basil Lamer, aide-de-camp of General Howell Cobb, his brother-in-law and close friend, was mortally wounded on September 14, 1862 while vainly trying to rally Cobb’s Brigade at Crampton’s Gap, Maryland. After temporary burial in Charles Town, Virginia, he was later reinterred here at Rose Hill.

His adult life was identified with Macon, where he settled in 1830. He resided on Walnut Street in the Abner house, known as “The Bear’s Den”. He was master of a great cotton planting empire in fourteen counties in Georgia and Florida, a practical and intelligent agriculturalist, trustee of the University of Georgia, vestryman at Christ Episcopal Church, cousin of U.S. Supreme Court Justice L. Q. C. Lamar and Texas President Mirabeau Lamar, devoted brother of Mary Ann Lamar Cobb, and manager of Howell Cobb's business affairs while Cobb pursued a political career.

He has found a lasting reputation today as a writer. His popular humorous sketches have been considered on a par with the Augustus Baldwin Longstreet’s Georgia Scenes. He was, like Longstreet, a founder and practitioner of both the schools of Realism in America and the genre of Southern Humor.

He is remembered as a loyal son of the South, which he defended with sword, voice and pen.
 
Erected
John Basil Lamar Marker and Monument image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 8, 2009
2. John Basil Lamar Marker and Monument
1994 by Athens Historical Society.
 
Location. 32° 50.967′ N, 83° 37.983′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Riverside Drive (U.S. 23) and Jones Street. Touch for map. The marker is in the rear section of Rose Hill Cemetery, overlooking the Ocmulgee River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1071 Riverside Drive, Macon GA 31201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alfred Holt Colquitt (within shouting distance of this marker); General Edward Dorr Tracy, Jr. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oak Ridge Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Memorial Day in Macon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Unknown, But Not Forgotten (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Oak Ridge Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rose Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Oak Ridge Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Macon.
 
Also see . . .  South Mountain Marker. Marker on South Mountain placed near where John Basil Lamar was killed. (Submitted on December 8, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USArts, Letters, MusicCemeteries & Burial SitesNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
John Basil Lamar Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 8, 2009
3. John Basil Lamar Marker
The marker, monument and gravesite, overlooking the Ocmulgee River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,197 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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