Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Samuel H Deane.
Henry H. Deane, of Jacksonville, Fla., writes : Passed over the river to "rest under the shade of the trees," May 8, 1900, from his home at Griffin, Ga., Samuel H. Deane. He was born at Griffin, Ga., February 22, 1842. His parents were reared in the good old State of Massachusetts, but moved South ” to Georgia early in their married life. He developed in early life principles of character and stability of purpose.
When the great war was launched in 1861 his parents were greatly disturbed, as all of their relatives and the friends of their early days were in the far North, while a residence of more than two decades had endeared them to the Southland.
Samuel Deane was animated by the stirring stories of battle after battle until he could resist no longer the call to the defense of his country. Feeling that it was useless to try to gain the consent of his parents, he slipped away quietly at night. He enlisted February 15, 1862, in Company E, Second Georgia Cavalry, under Col. Lawton, Crews's Brigade, afterwards serving under Forrest. With the exception of thirty days spent in prison (having been captured at Lebanon Junction. Ky. ), he was in active service to the end of the war.
He was in the battles of Fort Donelson, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga, Tenn. ; New Hope Church,Ringgold, Rcsaca, Marietta, and Kennesaw Mountain, Ga. ; and again with Forrest at Murfrcesboro.
Returning home to Griffin. Samuel embarked in mercantile pursuits, and so continued the remainder of his life. On October 27, 1869, at Indian Springs, Ga., he was married to Miss Caroline E. Varner, the ceremony being performed by his father, Rev. Henry L. Deane. He served his native city as alderman for some twelve vears, but refused the office of mayor.
His death is a sad loss not only to his family, but to hundreds of friends. Concerning his faith for the future, he said : "I made my peace with God years ago !"