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Isaac Joseph Sikes  1837-1924


    Isaac Joseph Sikes was born in Bryan County, Georgia on November 4, 1837, to Samuel Sikes, a farmer, and Elizabeth Smith. In Bibb County on July 23, 1861, he married Augusta Virginia Brooks. Augusta was born on August 25, 1849, in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of W. A. Brooks and Augusta Virginia Evans. She died in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia on November 30, 1929.

    Isaac volunteered for service with the Confederate States of America on May 12, 1862, at Macon, was enlisted for the period of the war by Captain Dunlap and served as a Bugler in Company “E”, Phillips Legion Cavalry, Georgia Volunteers, Hampton's Brigade. On July 3, 1863, Isaac Sike’s horse was killed during action near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Isaac was probably wounded at the same time, but documents variously indicate that he was
wounded on the 3rd, 4th or 5th of July. He was subsequently captured by Union forces on July 5th at Cashtown, Pennsylvania.

    Isaac was admitted to U. S. A. General Hospital, Chester, Pennsylvania, on July 19, 1863, and on October 2, 1863, was sent to Hammond General Hospital, Point Lookout, Maryland.  On March 6, 1864, Isaac was included in the group of 58 Officers and 800 enlisted men who were paroled Confederate Prisoners of War along with 1 Chaplain and 2 Citizens who were turned over to Captain W. H. Hatch, A.A.G., by Major J. E. Mulford, Assistant Agent for
Exchange.

    On the following day he appears on a Morning Report of Jackson Hospital, Richmond, Virginia.  Here is where the first reference is made to the resection of his left shoulder joint and about 7 inches of the upper Humerus because of the gun shot wound he received. Later documents describe his arm “swings as if tied on with a string” and is “of no more use than it would be if it was amputated.” Twelve days later Isaac was assigned to Detached Service at the Hospital in Macon, Georgia, by a Medical Board.

    Suffering from abscesses caused by his wound and the left arm resection of part of his upper Humerus, he was in and out of hospitals for some time. As late as January 30, 1865, he appears on a Register of Floyd House and Ocmulgee Hospitals, Macon, Georgia.
 
    Isaac and Virginia had 5 children: Annie L. (1870-1949); Samuel Isaac (1873-1895), the cause of his early death is unknown; Lila SIKES (1875-1961); Hattie Virginia (1876-1962); and Isaac II was 9 months old on the 1880 census, but nothing further is known of him.   In 1880 he was a Dairyman in Macon, Georgia, with his wife and children. For reasons unknown, Isaac left Macon in the late 1880s and moved to Savannah. There he was employed as
a watchman, in 1920 he was a grocery salesman and later an iron worker. His health failed and on September 19, 1924, he entered the Little Sisters of the Poor home in Savannah, where he died on October 21, 1924.

    Isaac was buried in an unmarked grave in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. When his burial place was discovered by a descendant and found to be unmarked, a Monument was installed September 20, 2002.

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