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1st Florida Infantry (CSA)
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Name: John Joseph HAMILTONRank: Private Company: C

My GtGtgrandfather who died on 28 May 1864 at New Hope Church in Dallas, GA. His cousin Grady Hamilton wrote home to Pinellas, Florida: 'Cousin James, would you let Mary and Rebecca, tell Hannah the sad intelligence, that John J. Hamilton has been killed by the Yankees. It was a battle at New Hope Church, Ga., this past May 28th. John has said Hannah had always loved her sister in Law Mary, so much. My heart bleeds for what I have asked her to do. I was near him when he was shot. The Yankees came, the west road toward our works in a mist of rain. About 150 to 200 steps, and before they knew it, we fired. John had reached over to assist another reb, when a bullet struck him in the right temple, I caught him and lay him down. He never spoke or groaned. Closed his own eyes, and died in a few minutes. He had not a frown, was calm, serene, dignified and beautiful in death. The saddest duty I ever had, was his burial. I had no opportunity to afford him any religious service. We had so many to bury, we did not have the time. I did give him my meed of reverence. John had told me he wanted his remains if he died from home to be carried to the family burrying ground. John is buried on the south west side of the cross roads at New Hope Church. I put him a board with his name in pencil. The Yankees made a desperate assault on our works, but we held. They were repulsed each time. We did have a victory, and set the Yankees tails running. We have moved back toward Atlanta, and Kenesaw Mountain. I was told that John A. Hamilton in the 3rd Virginia, Co E. has made Captain. Tell Hannah, Louis, Clemant and John, I love them and pray this war is over soon. This dispatch of personal effects, with letter is sent with my friend William of the Jackson Rifles, who has sick leave home. Grady Hamilton'

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