Probably A. H. Finney, 1861

Augustus Hezekiah Finney
Contributed by
Deborah Yessick, a descendant of Gus Finney.


Gus was born July 16, 1841 in Jones Co., GA, the son of Hezekiah and Harriet (Rice) Finney. Soon after his parents married, the family moved to Houston Co., GA.

He married twice: His first wife's name is unknown to us, however he was probably the daughter of Jacob Newton Goff of Houston Co. There was one child, Jacob Newton (Bud Jake) Finney. She died prior to 1869. He married secondly (1869), Mary Elizabeth Carson Goff who lived in Selma, AL, widow of John B. Goff, a native of Houston Co. who died along with their child (Charles Reuben Goff ) in April of 1863.* There were five children born to this marriage: Thomas Lee (1874), Frank Augustus (1877), David Carson (1879), Mary Nelle (1884), and Sara Frances (1887).

Gus and Mary Carson Finney lived in Pineapple, Wilcox Co., AL until abt. 1890, when they moved to Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL., where they lived until their deaths.

Gus died in November of 1923, and he, his wife and all of his children, execpt Bud Jake are buried in Forest Cemetery, Gadsden, AL

Joined Confederate Army April 27, 1861 (age 19) at Augusta Ga. Assigned to Company E, 3rd GA Regiment as private. Re-enlisted in the Field April 1862 at South Mill, N.C. Promoted Full 2nd Sargeant May 3, 1863. Wounded , Dowman's Hill, Va. May 4, 1863. Surrendered at Appomattox Court House with Capt. J.W. Mathews and seven other members of Co. E. April, 1865.

*(The deceased spouses of both were most likely brother and sister).

The following is a letter to August Hezekiah Finney of Gadsden, AL from J.W. Mathews concerning their service in Company E, 3rd GA Regiment. It is typewritten on very thin paper. No changes have been made in spelling, punctuation, etc.


Fort Valley, Georgia
July 16, 1906


Dear Gus,

     I write you a short sketch of our service in the Confederate States Army. You and I were mustered in service in Company E, Third Georgia Regiment, on April 27, 1861, and stationed for several months at Goport Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia. In August, 1861 our command went to Roanoke Island, fortified the Island, and in December we were ordered back to Portsmouth. Sometime afterwards Roanoke Island was captured and soon afterwards they captured Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Our regiment was then sent to South Mills, when we had our first fight with the Yankees, near Elizabeth City.

     The Yankees had one brigade and battery of artillery, and our forces were composed of the Third Georgia and several pieces of artillery. We met them in the woods near Deep Creek and drove them back to Elizabeth City, under protection of their gunboats.

     Our next move was to Richmond, Virginia. We arrived there in time to take part in the battle around Richmond, in the summer of 1862. Our heaviest loss was at Malvern Hill, when Captain Hamilton and others were killed. Then came Second Manassas, Harper's Ferry, Sharpsburg, Fredricksburg, and other minor engagements in 1862. In 1863 the main battles we engaged in were Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Manassas Gap, Britton Station, and others. In 1864 we were in the battle of The Wilderness, Spottsylvania Court House, North Anna River, Second Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. From that time on we were in ditches around Petersburg where we had many hard fights, including The Crater, Deep Bottom, Weldon RR, etc.

     When Petersburg fell we brought up the rear of the army and engaged in fighting daily until we reached Appomattox Court House, where ended our career as soldiers. You and I were among the nine men who surrendered. I call you and the seven others my Eight Immortals.

     This is a rough statement of our war record, and there is none better. If you will serve the good Lord as well as you served your contry in the 60's, you will be numbered among the elect.

     You know we served in Wright's Brigade, Girardy's Brigade, Sowell's Brigade, and at last the brigade was commanded by a Col. Taylor of Alabama. Anderson and Malone were our division commanders. Hughes was our Division commander while at Portsmouth.


                         Your friend and comrade, J. W. Mathews,
                         Late Capt., Co., E, 3rd Ga. Regiment, C.S.A.



To   A.H. Finney
     Gadsden, Alabama.

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