May 16, 2021

Letter to the Editor: Seeking Civil War Era Information

Dear Editor, 

I am writing to you from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and asking for your help to solve a mystery.

Do you have an ancestor from Georgia that fought for the Confederacy at Gettysburg in 1863? Was he an officer? Was he a slave owner and is there a possibility that he took an enslaved person with him to Gettysburg?

If so, please contact me. Also, if you are a researcher and wish to help, please assist.

In Mt. Holly Springs, Pennsylvania, about 18 miles from Gettysburg, in a small, segregated African American cemetery lies the body of Richard Jordan who died in 1900 and he aged 61 years. He had served in the United States Colored Troops in 1864 and 1865.

His obituary says he was born in Mason, Georgia and went to Gettysburg in 1863 with a Confederate officer that we assume was his master. He didn’t return south but instead walked north to Mt. Holly Springs where he resided.

Mason, Georgia is in Heard County. We estimate Richard Jordan’s year of birth to be 1839. Any help would be appreciated. Please send information to or call me at 717-528-8553.

Thank you in advance for your assistance, 

Debra McCauslin, 

Gettysburg PA


  1. Eve Davenport Holder says

    Good Morning Ms McCauslin!

    I am president of the Heard County 2587, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
    Our organization is very active in the community.
    We honor our Ancestors and all veterans and current military.
    We support the local schools, animal shelter and Sheriff Ross’ Toys for Tots every Christmas..

    I am working on an ancestor album of our members Confederate Ancestors.
    I have learned a lot about the men who called Heard County, GA home.

    I am working on my own as I have 233 Confederate Ancestors who served.
    Yes. Some were from Heard County, GA.
    Yes, a few owned slaves. However, none were big plantation owners. The majority were farmers. Some were wheel makers, carpenters, a mechanic, and a few were blacksmiths.
    Some were with General Robert E Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg. Some survived the battle. Some were captured.. Some died there.
    Others were with the Army of Tennessee, A few with the Army of the Trans-Mississippi.

    As you can tell, I am an avid researcher. History and Genealogy go hand in hand.
    There is always a puzzle to put together. A mystery to unravel.

    There is an excellent library of books at the Old Jail Museum in Franklin, GA. The Ladies there are very helpful. Heard County is blessed to have the local historical society too. They work hard to preserve the history of Heard County.

    I would be very willing to help you in this search. I have many books about Heard County history.

    My email is

    Please feel free to contact me.

    Eve Davenport Holder
    Nashville, TN

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