He served in nearly every office the state of Georgia can bestow: twice Governor, attorney general, member of the General Assembly, and he represented Georgia in the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate.
On Saturday, members of the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution will place a marker at his grave in Summerville Cemetery to designate him as a Revolutionary War Patriot.
“As imminent person as he was in the history of Georgia, he has somehow been overlooked until now,” said Richard Noegel, vice president of the Col. William Few Chapter of the Georgia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
One of the society’s main missions is to mark the graves of Revolutionary patriots and enter their GPS coordinates into the Georgia Grave Registry. The coordinates for Milledge’s grave, along with a photograph, will be added to the registry.
Noegel said nearly 100 people from across the state are expected to attend the 1 p.m. service, including about 28 of Milledge’s direct descendants.
“John Milledge was one of the few heroes of the American Revolution who was a Georgian by birth,” Noegel said.
Members of the Georgia SAR Color Guard will post the colors and fire a musket salute. A reception at Meadow Garden will follow the ceremony.
The marking of Milledge’s grave will precede another event in Summerville Cemetery honoring Augusta’s notables, Historic Augusta’s Walk With the Spirits.
“It was totally coincidental,” said Erick Montgomery, executive director for Historic Augusta, Inc.
He said the two groups happened to schedule their events in the same cemetery on the same day, luckily at different times.
“We thought it was great because they’re marking John Milledge’s grave,” he said.
At least a dozen “spirits” in period dress will portray past Augustans, including Milledge, who are buried in Summerville Cemetery.
Portrayals will include Jacob Phinizy, former president of Georgia Railroad Bank and mayor of Augusta in the early 1900s; Carolina Arminda Latham Chaffee, wife of John William Chaffee who was president of Sibley Mill; Mary Campbell Murren, founder of Augusta’s First Presbyterian Church; and Capt. James Gardner Montgomery, who was the first school commissioner of Georgia.
Four spirit guides will lead the 45-minute tours, offering information on the cemetery, Augusta, other graves and the iconography of tombstones as they lead groups of about 30 guests to seven stationary “spirits,” who will tell stories about the people they portray.
Tours will begin every 20 minutes between 3 and 6 p.m.
Tickets for Walk With the Spirits are $15 per person, $10 for ages 5-18 or groups of 10 or more.
Park on Cumming Road or Johns Road and enter through the Johns Road entrance. Advance reservations are requested but not required.
For more information, visit historicaugusta.org.