Historic Markers Across Georgia

Thaddeus Oliver

Marker ID: GHM 076-2
Location: Ga 26 at Loggins Rd, about 10 miles west of Hawkinsville
County: Houston
Coordinates: N 32° 18.855    W 083° 38.069
  32.31424334    -83.6344847
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMPTYR
Thaddeus Oliver Marker
Photo by Markerman


Thaddeus Oliver, who wrote ´All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight,´ and his wife, the former Sarah Penelope Lawson, are buried here, in what was once the family burying ground on the Hugh Lawson plantation. Thaddeus Oliver, son of William Oliver and Dorcas Harrison Oliver, was born in Twiggs County Dec. 25, 1826. He went to Marion County in 1850 and taught for two years in Buena Vista Academy. Studying law under Judge Mark Blanford he was admitted to the bar in 1852 and was serving as Solicitor General of the Chattahoochee Circuit when he joined the Confederate Army April 15, 1861. His first service in Virginia was with the Buena Vista Guards, Co. I, Seventh Ga. Infantry. Later, he organized Co E, 53d Regiment, in Marion County, and was elected Captain. He served in the Army of Tennessee (CSA) until he died of wounds in a Charleston S.C. hospital Aug. 21, 1864. Thaddeus Oliver wrote his famous poem while stationed at Aqula Creek, Va. in August 1861. His sons, Rev. Hugh Forsyth Oliver and Admiral James Harrison Oliver, were ´the two in the low trundle bed´ in the famed song.

GHM 076-2 Georgia Historical Commission 1955