John Basil Lamar

John Basil Lamar (HMGOK)

Location: Macon, GA 31201 Bibb County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 50.967', W 83° 37.983'

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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.
Year Placed1994
Placed ByAthens Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 10:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 253578 N 3637669
Decimal Degrees32.84945000, -83.63305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 50.967', W 83° 37.983'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 50' 58.02" N, 83° 37' 58.98" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1251-1299 Garden St, Macon GA 31201, US
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