An intriguing bit of history one of my distant McFatter relatives seemingly got himself mixed up with.
In 1856, during the period of "Bleeding Kansas", a pro-slavery colony called New Georgia was established near the anti-slavery stronghold of abolitionist John Brown. He and his supporters conducted a raid on New Georgia on August 7, 1856. A list of men killed or taken prisoner during this raid was given in The Daily Sun's (Columbus, GA), September 1, 1856 edition:
McDearin, McFatter, Joseph Hanaby, John Grant, and R.I. Worthey.
Unfortunately, the first name for McFatter is not given. I find it interesting that just a few years later, Artemus was living in Kansas territory, but if he was taken prisoner by Brown and his supporters, he seemingly had a change of heart on the slavery issue at some point as he joined the Union Army.
Does anyone know of any way to find out who my mystery McFatter relative was in this incident, and what became of him?