“A Battle Scene”
The Battle of Jonesboro was fought on August 31st and September 1st, 1864. The Confederate troops made a most determined stand and the fight was a severe one. Generals Patrick Cleburne and William Hardee commanded the Confederate Army. As they were driven back by the invaders, several skirmishes occurred in and around Lovejoy, and thrilling and interesting incidents can be related by the old residents of that community.
Among the many interesting stories of this battle is one of a baby being born between the lines of the contending armies. During the entire time of the conflict, a little white flag fluttered above a small tent, pitched about midway between the contending forces. When the battle was ended and the shattered ranks of the Confederate Army staggered away, leaving the Union soldiers, the first act of the ambulance corps was to visit the tent from which the modest little flag of truce had been waving. Federal surgeons were on the scene as soon as the firing ceased, and one of them found the wife of a Confederate soldier very ill there, and in her arms was a newborn babe. Skillfully and tenderly he administered to the needs of the lady, and before he left, he suggested that the little one should have an appropriate name. The grateful aldy left to the doctor the honor of naming the little one. He called her “Shell Annie.” She grew up, and made her home in Alabama.