Early Patriot, Gov. John Milledge honored

John Milledge, one of Georgia’s dynamic early leaders, has been honored again at his Augusta gravesite.

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Superior Court Judge Danny Craig, dressed as former Gov. John Milledge, at left, stands with Catherine Milledge Penn Chastain Saturday, Oct. 15, in Summerville Cemetery. About 100 people, including 28 Milledge descendants, were on hand at a grave marker dedication honoring the former leader's achievements.  STAFF
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Superior Court Judge Danny Craig, dressed as former Gov. John Milledge, at left, stands with Catherine Milledge Penn Chastain Saturday, Oct. 15, in Summerville Cemetery. About 100 people, including 28 Milledge descendants, were on hand at a grave marker dedication honoring the former leader's achievements.

On Oct. 12, members of the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution placed 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.

Milledge served in nearly every office the state of Georgia could offer: twice governor, attorney general, member of the General Assembly, and he represented Georgia in the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate.

In addition, he bought and donated land on the Oconee River for doOne 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.

Almost 100 people from across the state took part in the event, including more than two dozen of Milledge’s direct descendants. Gov. Nathan Deal issued a proclamation noting Milledge’s achievements.

A highlight of the event was Superior Court Judge Danny Craig in period clothing, portraying Milledge and offering remarks on what the former governor might see today.


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