(ATLANTA – June 12, 2015) This week, Georgia buried perhaps its last “real son” of a Confederate veteran. Mr. H.V. Booth passed away in Elberton on Sunday from cancer at the end of a long life, being 96 years young.
H.V. Booth was the last known real son of a Confederate veteran in Georgia. His father, Isham Johnson Booth, was 72 when H.V. was born, something not completely unheard of during the period of Reconstruction when so many Southern men had recently perished in the Cause for Southern Independence leaving a great void in the Southern population. While there are thousands of men in Georgia and across the South who proudly wear the name “Sons of Confederate Veterans,” the number of literal sons of the war veterans, themselves, has dwindled down to fewer than half a dozen across the South according to the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization.
H.V. Booth was a war veteran, himself, having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II where he saw action in some of the fiercest fighting of the Pacific including the Battle of Iwo Jima. A Confederate colour guard provided by the Georgia Division of the SCV participated in his funeral on Wednesday this week; it was one of his wishes because of his love for his heritage and birthright.