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Henry T. Slaton

HENRY T. SLATON, farmer-merchant, Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia, son of William Slaton and Miss Frances, daughter of John Wright, all of Wilkes County, was born in Wilkes County, March 18, 1835, the seventh of ten children.

He worked on the farm when growing up, and received only such education as he could obtain when he could be spared. In 1856 he attended Richard's High School, at Thomson, Georgia, and then returned home and worked on the farm until the war began.

He enlisted in the Irvin Guards (Capt. John T. Wingfield), Washington, and proceeded to Richmond, Virginia, where his company became Company A, Ninth Georgia Regiment. With his command he participated in all the principal battles in northern Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and was included in the surrender at Appomattox.

After the War he came back to his farm and set to work to recuperate. His labor has been rewarded fully up to his expectations. In connection with his farm he has carried on a general merchandise store, materially augmenting his resources.

In 1870 Mr. Slaton was elected to represent Wilkes County in the general assembly, the first democrat elected after the war. He is a prominent and influential member of the Baptist Church.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume II, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895.

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