Amos Rucker – A Soldier Remembered


By: Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Author of
When America stood for God, Family and Country.
1064 West Mill Drive
Kennesaw, Georgia 30152
Phone: 770 428 0978

Remember the American soldier’s who defend our great nation.

A article recently appeared in a Charlotte, North Carolina newspaper
about Wary Clyburn, a Black Confederate, who will be remembered
on August, 26, 2007 during a reunion of his descendants in Monroe,
North Carolina. August 10th, will also mark the 102nd anniversary
of the death of a Black Confederate, Amos Rucker, of Atlanta,
Ga.

Black Confederates, why haven’t we heard more about them?
"I don’t want to call it a conspiracy to ignore the role
of the Blacks,
both above and below the Mason-Dixon Line, but it was definitely
a tendency that began around 1910"—Ed Bearrs, National
Park
Service Historian

Is American history still taught in our schools?

Today, the news focus is on Michael Vick’s troubles and Barry
Bond’s home runs. In 1905, newspapers led with the opening
of Woolworth’s stores, the Atlanta, Ga. Terminal Railroad Station
dedication with the US Army Band playing "Dixie."…..And
on
August 10th Atlanta grieved the loss of a beloved soldier.

The movie "Glory" enlightened people of the role played
by African-
Americans serving in the Union Army during the War Between
the States, 1861-1865.

And books like, "Forgotten Confederates—An Anthology about
Black Southerners" by Charles Kelly Barrow, J.H. Segars and
R.B.
Roseburg, further enlightened us to the role played by African-
Americans who served the Confederacy.

Frederick Douglas, abolitionist and former slave, reported, "There
are at present moment many colored men in the Confederate
Army doing their duty not only as cooks, but also as real soldiers,
having muskets on their shoulders and bullets in their pockets."

Who was Amos Rucker?

Amos Rucker, born in Elbert County, Georgia, was a servant
of Alexander "Sandy" Rucker and both joined the 33rd
Georgia
Regiment of the Confederate Army. Amos got his first taste of
battle when a fellow soldier was killed by a Union bullet. Rucker
quickly took the dead soldier’s rifle and fired back at the enemy.

After the War Between the States, Amos Rucker came back to
Atlanta where he met and married Martha and the couple was
blessed with many children and grandchildren.

in Atlanta, Amos joined the W.H.T. Walker Camp of the United
Confederate Veterans. It was made up of Southern Veterans
whose purpose was to remember those who served in the war
and help those in need. The meetings were held at 102 Forsyth
Street in Atlanta where Amos was responsible for calling the roll
of members.

Amos and Martha felt that the members of Walker Camp were like
their own family. It is written that Amos would say, "My
folks gave me
everything I want." These UCV men helped Amos and his wife
buy a house on the west side of Atlanta and John M. Slaton also
helped
prepare a will for Rucker. Slaton, a member of the Sons of Confederate
Veterans, Gordon Camp, would, as governor of Georgia, commute
the death sentence of Leo Frank.

Amos Rucker’s last words to members of his UCV Camp were, "Give
my love to the boys."

His funeral services were conducted by, preacher and former
Confederate General Clement A. Evans. Rucker was buried with his
Confederate gray uniform and wrapped in his beloved Confederate
Battle Flag. Today, some members of the Martin Luther King family
are
buried near Amos and Martha at Southview Cemetery.

The Reverend T.P. Cleveland led the prayer and when Captain
William T. Harrison read the poem, "When Rucker Called The
Roll"
there was not a dry eye among the crowd of many Black and
White mourners.

The grave of Amos and Martha Rucker was without a marker
for many years until 2006, when the Sons of Confederate Veterans
remarked it.

Did you know that the first military monument, near our nation’s
Capitol, to honor an African-American soldier is the Confederate
Monument at Arlington National Cemetery?

"When you eliminate the Black Confederate soldier, you’ve
eliminated the history of the South."—The late Dr. Leonard
Haynes,
Professor, Southern University

Lest We Forget!!!