medical college of georgia
in 1822 dr. milton antony established the medical society of augusta he also served as the first president of the georgia state board of medical examiners. in 1826 dr. antony and dr. joseph adams eve received a state charter to establish the medical academy of georgia. the academy opened in 1828 and was renamed the medical college of georgia in 1833. of interest to tourists is it's beautiful campus and historic buildings.
Signers Monument and My Personal Story
This monument was dedicated July 4, 1848 to three signers of the Declaration of Independece - George Walton, Lyman Hall and Button Gwinnett. None of these men were born in Georgia but all lived in the state and influenced it greatly. Walton was from Virginia and Lyman Hall was born in Connecticut and also represented Georgia in the Continental Congress. Button Gwinnett was born in England and settled in Savannah shortly before the Revolution. He was the President of Georgia in 1777 when he was involved in a duel with General Lachlan McIntosh and was mortally wounded. It is not sure where his grave is located.
Here I must point out another tragic death from a duel. George Wells was a re-located Patriot from Maryland, living in the back-country of Augusta, aware of the resistance to addtional tax on trade. In 1780, when Augusta was the capital of Georgia, George Wells was appointed acting Governor.
He and George Walton had been active in passing a law designing Augusta as a city laid out in the fashion that Oglethorpe had done with Savannah. This act also included land to back-country newcomers and excused them from military duty for two years, even though it was a time of war. George Wells had been a advocate of the pioneer farmer and the law was a personal triumph for him. Two weeks after his appointment to Governor he fought a duel with Major James Jackson and Wells was killed. It is unknown why they fought or where Wells is buried. He is not forgotten however, especially to us because a young man, Richard Wells, George's nephew was living with him during this time. Richard was in the Richmond County militia. After Wells's death Richard removed to Virginia and continued his military time there as a scout for the Patriots. Richard then moved to Kentucky and lived out his days. His son, Moses is my husband's g-g-g-grandfather.
And that's the rest of the story!