Overby remembrance held in Oak Hill
By Elizabeth Richardson
A group gathered Saturday in Oak Hill Cemetery's Confederate section to remember the timeless courage of William Thomas Overby.
Overby, born in Virginia in 1837 and raised in Newnan, entered the Confederate Army in May 1861. During his service, Overby joined Col. John Mosby's Rangers. Overby and five others were taken captive on Sept. 23, 1864. Within four hours, Overby and another solder were hanged, and the four remaining captives were shot -- all without a trial.
Overby is remembered as a hero because, even in the face of death, he refused to reveal Mosby's last known location. For his actions, Overby became the only Georgian to be awarded the Confederate Medal of Honor.
On Saturday, Kelly Barrow, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Army of Tenn., spoke during the program. Barrow said true southerners are different because "we're nourished by the memories of our heroes." It is his wish to see school children "taught about all heroes -- including ours."