this fellow is not related to me, but is part of an article which featured a relative of mine. it is from the jonesboro sun, dated 4/19/49.
'John Arthur Marcome, 96, lives at Betha between Ola and Cassa.' part I:
Mr. Marcome said he was inducted into the army when a mere lad, 'because I didn't have sense enough to keep my big mouth shut'. He said that he and two companions were fishing on a small river in Georgia near Chickammauga, when scouts of the Confederate Calvary asked him where General Thomas Picket's lines were located.
His companions kept quiet, but he told the scout. There upon he was inducted into the Confederate Calvary, when a soldier lifted him on his horse and said 'show us if you know the country'. This was in September, 1863; a few days later he was transferred to General Lee's headquarter company, given a gun, and sent to attack with the remainder of the soldiers.
He admits tht the pace was a little fast for a boy his age. He remembers his first battle, at Chickammauga vividly. He described the repeated attacks against Thomas, the description was punctuated by vigorous gestures with his cane. When the gestures became too exciting his wife, the daughter of a former Confederate Chaplin, warned him that his story was getting dangerous and that he was going to hurt somebody with that stick.'