Woodrow Wilson, later to become 27th President of the United States, lived in this Manse of the First Presbyterian Church of which his father, Dr. Joseph R. Wilson, was pastor from 1858 to 1870. Wilson was born in Staunton, Va., in 1856 and he later attended the University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1881 having previously graduated from Princeton University. He practiced law in Atlanta and in 1885 was married in the Manse of the Savannah Independent Presbyterian Church to Ellen Louise Axson of Rome, Ga. He later studied political science at Johns Hopkins and taught at Bryn Mawr, Johns Hopkins and Wesleyan University in MIddletown, Conn. He was called to Princeton as professor of jurisprudence and political economy in 1890 and became President of Princeton in 1902. He was elected Governor of New Jersey in 1910 and President of the United States in 1912, being re-elected in 1916. He led the country to victory in the First World War and personally attended the Paris Peace Conference where he fathered the ill-starred League of Nations. He became ill in 1919 and died in 1924. Source: David Seibert
The "Ivy Division" is a unit with a proud history dating to World War I. In December 1941, the 4th was the first unit assigned to Camp (now Fort) Gordon after its move to Augusta from DeKalb County. The monument lists the many battles in which the soldiers of the 4th distinguished themselves, including:
World War I
Aisne - Marne
Army of Occupation
World War II
The 4th was the first unit of US. Troops to land on Utah Beach Normandy France 6 June 1944
Inscribed black granite marker with WW1 section that contains the names of those from this community that served.
Inscription: “Veterans Wall of Honor - The Citizens of Alma and Bacon County dedicate this monument to the courageous men and women who served in the United States Military. In tribute to those who perished. In honor of those who served. We will not forget.”
A row of granite markers with each inscribed with local deaths for the Korean War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. Seven names are listed on the WWI stone.
A center stone is inscribed: “Oh Lord, support us all the day long until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last”.
A brass plaque mounted on the back retaining wall is inscribed: “Flame of Freedom” Dedicated to the veterans of all wars from Milledgeville and Baldwin County on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the American Legion. March 15, 1969, Warren & Hawkins Post 523. The American Legion. W.T. Collier, Cmdr., LW. Oden, AJD, Walter B. William, Jr., Mayor.