Friday, June 4, 2004

Confederate artifacts on display at library


Roberta “Bert” Landrum of Sharpsburg has loaned a number of family Confederate artifacts for display at the Newnan-Coweta Public Library.

Her great-grandfather, Henry Upshur McKinney, entered the War Between The States Aug. 4, 1861. He joined Co. G., 8th Kentucky Regular Mounted Infantry in Logan County, Kentucky. Captured at Fort Donelson. Tenn., Feb. 16, 1862, he spent six months at Johnson Island Prison at Lake Erie, Ohio. During his time there, he carved a ring out of a cow horn, which is one of the items on display.

McKinney was paroled in September, 1862 and appointed as a captain and an assistant quartermaster in Kentucky. He was surrendered in May, 1865 in Jackson, Miss.

He met his wife while in that state when he and his horse fell through a wooden bridge. The horse landed on his leg and fractured it. McKinney was unable to move and the next day a family came along and rescued him. He recuperated at their home and married their daughter, Susan Lewellen Richardson, Landrum’s maternal great-grandmother.

Five generations from the union all live in Georgia: his great-granddaughter, Bert Landrum; her daughter, Sue Sorrells; her grandson, Dan Sorrells; her great-granddaughter, Andrea Young; and great-great-granddaughter Kaili Young, who is McKinney’s five-great grandchild.

Landrum is an accomplished artist specializing in portraits done from photographs.

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