Col. W. L. Salisbury historical marker

Collection:
Georgia Historical Markers
Title:
Col. W. L. Salisbury historical marker
Creator:
Seibert, David
Date of Original:
1996/2014
Subject:
Historical markers--Georgia--Muscogee County
Biography
Location:
United States, Georgia, Muscogee County, Columbus, 32.46098, -84.98771
Medium:
photographs
Type:
StillImage
Format:
image/jpeg
Description:
Location: Parkway opposite 720 Broadway, Columbus
Text of marker: "COL. W.L. SALISBURY. This park is named for Col. W. L. Salisbury (1830-1878), soldier, editor, banker, distinguished citizen of Columbus, whose contribution to progress and culture in his native city was outstanding. His home was on the East side of this block. He was a member of the Georgia Grays, Fifth Georgia Regiment, the second group from Columbus to join the Confederate army. A major from early in the war, he fought with honor in many engagements. Col. Salisbury was a leader of a group of citizens whose activity and influence helped establish, in 1867, a public school in Columbus, one of the first Southern cities to have a public school system. Owner and publisher of the Columbus Enquirer-Sun, he met a tragic death as the result of an editorial carried in his paper. His funeral procession, one of the largest in Columbus history, extended from this site to Linwood Cemetery, with 5,000 people in line, the majority walking. There were three military companies, two fire companies, several fraternal orders. School children, white and colored, stood at attention as the cortage passed, then joined the procession. All businesses closed; flags were at half mast; bells tolled. At the time of his death, Col. Salisbury was the oldest native-born white citizen of Columbus. 106-26 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1957"
Metadata URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_ghm_col-w-l
Digital Object URL:
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/do:dlg_ghm_col-w-l
Rights Holder:
Copyright held by David Seibert. Please contact markers@davidseibert.com about commercial reproduction and use
Holding Institution:
Digital Library of Georgia
Rights:

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