HR 233 - Private Lucy Matilda Gauss Bridge; designate

Georgia House of Representatives - 1995/1996 Sessions

HR 233 - Private Lucy Matilda Gauss Bridge; designate

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House Comm: Trans / Senate Comm: Trans / House Vote: Yeas 154 Nays 0 Senate Vote: Yeas 48 Nays 0 ---------------------------------------- House Action Senate ---------------------------------------- 2/2/95 Read 1st Time 2/15/95 2/3/95 Read 2nd Time 3/6/95 2/10/95 Favorably Reported 3/1/95 2/14/95 Read 3rd Time 3/15/95 2/14/95 Passed/Adopted 3/15/95 4/6/95 Sent to Governor 4/11/95 Signed by Governor 29 Act/Veto Number 4/11/95 Effective Date ---------------------------------------- Code Sections amended:
HR 233 LC 22 1521 A RESOLUTION 1- 1 Designating the Private Lucy Matilda Gauss Bridge; and for 1- 2 other purposes. 1- 3 WHEREAS, Lucy Matilda Gauss was born near Bladensborough, 1- 4 North Carolina, in 1812 of sturdy Revolutionary stock and 1- 5 married Bryant Gauss shortly before the beginning of the 1- 6 Civil War in 1861; and 1- 7 WHEREAS, when Bryant Gauss volunteered for service in the 1- 8 Army of the Confederacy, Lucy Matilda Gauss was reluctant to 1- 9 stay behind, rolling bandages and weaving cloth for 1-10 uniforms, not knowing from day to day the fate of her 1-11 husband; and 1-12 WHEREAS, a tall, healthy woman who could ride like a cowboy, 1-13 hunt all day without wearying, and shoot a rifle with the 1-14 best in her county, she chose to cut her hair, don her 1-15 husband's clothes, oil her squirrel musket, and board a 1-16 troop train for Virginia under the name of Private Bill 1-17 Thompson; and 1-18 WHEREAS, in her devotion and love for her young husband, she 1-19 feared that he would be killed in battle and lie 1-20 unidentified in an unknown grave; and 1-21 WHEREAS, the volunteers from that section were neighbors and 1-22 friends who sympathized with her fears and valued her skills 1-23 as an expert sharpshooter, her singing voice which raised 1-24 the soldiers' spirits during the long marches, and her 1-25 gentle care for the wounded; and 1-26 WHEREAS, she marched shoulder to shoulder with the other 1-27 soldiers for days through rain and snow, slept on wet ground 1-28 without a blanket, shared scanty rations, and, as her shoes 1-29 wore out, left bloody footprints in the snow of northern 1-30 Virginia; and 1-31 WHEREAS, she was wounded in the first battle of Manassas and 1-32 ordered to return home after her sex was discovered in the 1-33 hospital, but she disregarded orders, rejoining her husband 1-34 and her company, changed only by a permanent scar on her 1-35 scalp; and -1- (Index) LC 22 1521 2- 1 WHEREAS, when Private Bryant Gauss was killed in the Seven 2- 2 Days' Battle near Richmond, she was granted a permanent 2- 3 furlough to take his body home for burial through a 2- 4 countryside torn by two armies and filled with deserters, 2- 5 camp followers, and wounded soldiers; and 2- 6 WHEREAS, after the war, she moved to Savannah, Georgia, 2- 7 married again, and did not tell the story of her war 2- 8 experiences in Georgia until 1914; and 2- 9 WHEREAS, the heroism of Private Lucy Matilda Gauss was 2-10 recently revealed to her descendants by the genealogical 2-11 research of her great, great-grandson, Perry Luther Streat, 2-12 Jr.; and 2-13 WHEREAS, this heroine died at the age of 112 in Nicholls, 2-14 Georgia, having feared nothing in life except God and her 2-15 first husband's death. 2-16 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF 2-17 GEORGIA that the bridge over Hurricane Creek on State Route 2-18 32, in Coffee County, Georgia, is designated the Private 2-19 Lucy Matilda Gauss Bridge in memory of her courage. 2-20 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Transportation 2-21 is authorized and directed to erect and maintain appropriate 2-22 signs designating the bridge. 2-23 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of 2-24 Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an 2-25 appropriate copy of this resolution to her great, 2-26 great-grandson, Perry Luther Streat, Jr., and to the City of 2-27 Nicholls, Georgia, for display in the City Hall. -2- (Index)

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