The June 11, 1975, edition of the Jackson Herald included this photo of a Civil War soldiers’ reunion that occurred in the 1890s as Company I of the 24th reserve regiment, known as the Glade Guard Volunteer Rifles. The special centennial edition of the Jackson County, Georgia, newspaper identified several members, some of whom were lifetime residents of the Glade District of Hall County.
Seated on the front row from left are: Noah Martin (1), Isaac Hawkins (3), Tom Garrison (5), Marion Cape (8), and Rev. John B. Poole (10). Standing in the second row from left are: [Joseph Marion Martin (5)], Sid Cape (6), Richard Martin (9), and George Bryant (10). Standing in the back from left: Hillair Brooks (4), and a partially identified Mr. Miller (6).
Marion and Cicero Cape, John B. Pool, Isaac Hawkins, and Joseph, Richard and Noah Martin, were all residents of the Glade District of Hall County, Georgia. And most were related by marriage or by blood. The Bryants, Garrisons and Millers were also well-known families in the Glade District. Not all of them served in Company I.
The photo is unique in that it combined members of different regiments and companies, including companies F and K of the 43rd Infantry Regiment (the Hall Light Guards and Brown’s Boys), and other local units including company I of the reserve 24th Infantry Regiment (the Glade Guards Volunteer Rifles). The photo was taken during the 1897 annual reunion on Soldiers’ Day. The annual event rotated locations, but in 1897 it occurred at the Bethlehem Baptist Church near Lula, Georgia, where the unit was formed.
Noah Martin, Isaac Hawkins, and John Pool were members of Company I of the 24th reserve regiment, while Richard Martin fought for Company K of the 43rd infantry regiment, and Joseph Martin served in Company F. Richard and Joseph were both brothers of Noah Martin. The other members listed on the photo are not in these companies, but the proper regiments have not been identified.
Cicero H. Cape was the father of William Powell Cape, the only W. P. Cape known in the area. Sidney Cape is identified by the family as Marion Cape. W. P. Cape is reported to have stabbed to death William H. Poole’s son, James J. Poole, while attending this reunion.