News from The Cartersville Express

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
November 29, 1875, Page 3
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A. & W. A. Marshalk, editors & proprietors of the Planters Advocate state that C. H. C. Willingham will take over the old office and paper of the Standard & Express and they will move to a new building to publish the Planter’s Advocate.


A Heap Of Rocks and What Was In It.

On Monday evening last, while some laborers on the plantation of Mr. J. S. Rowland were engaged in felling trees, some two or thee hundred yards northwest of his residence, they were attracted by a pile of rocks which lay upon the ground, east and west, and in some what of a grave-like shape and dimensions.  They at once resolved to investigate, and laid aside their axes for the more entertaining labor of scattering the rocks right and left.  At the bottom, and lying upon its back, was the skeleton of a man.  The smaller bones were entirely gone—dissolved into dust; but the skull, a portion of the pelvis and bones of the limbs were plain, distinct and unmistakable.  There lay the remains of a human being, but as to who it was, or how, when and by whom placed there will forever remain a secret except to the individuals who piled up the rocks.  Nothing was discovered by which even the shadow of an indication as to his identity could be determined.  An ordinary carving knife much rust-eaten, a flat, foreign-looking brass button and a bar of lead rested with the dead.  A few rusty nails were found, also, which would indicate that the sepulcher had once contained a coffin.  The most reasonable deduction is, in our opinion, that the deceased was a Confederate soldier, and met his death in defense of his flag.

Mr. Rowland had the remains collected together, placed in a box and re-interred with due solemnity.


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