Upon the Death of Col. Akerman

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia

January 13, 1881, Page 2

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Upon the Death of Col. Akerman

[A long article, reprinted from the Atlanta Republic of December 23, 1880; I will include a few biographical excerpts.]

“Hon. Amos Tappen Akerman, whose death was reported on Wednesday, was born in Portsmouth, N. H., February 23, 1821, and was graduated from Dartmouth college in 1842.  He went soon after to North Carolina, where he was a teacher for about one year.  He spent the next three years as a teacher in Richmond, Va., afterward moving to Peoria, Ill., where he studied law with H. O. Merriman.  From Peoria he came to Georgia, where he continued to reside during the remainder of his life….

At the outbreak of the war Mr. Akerman was a union man and strongly opposed secession.  He continued quietly but firmly opposed to the rebellion for some time after the opening hostilities but after the confederate government was organized he voluntarily entered its service rather than be forced to serve as a conscript, remaining therein about eighteen months.”


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