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1398Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20000523Primary Sponsor: AlexanderAll Sponsors: AlexanderDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\bbm\9653htc00.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20000524Subject: Town of Walhalla, Oconee County; General John Andreas Wagener, ResolutionsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20000524 Received from House House 20000523 Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence Senate 20000523 Introduced, adopted, sent to House Versions of This Bill
TO HONOR THE TOWN OF WALHALLA IN OCONEE COUNTY ON THE OCCASION OF THE SESQUICENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF ITS FOUNDING AND TO REQUEST THE HEIRS OF GENERAL JOHN ANDREAS WAGENER, THE TOWN'S FOUNDER, TO ALLOW HIS REMAINS TO BE MOVED TO A PLACE OF HONOR IN THE TOWN OF WALHALLA, WHERE HE DIED AND WAS ORIGINALLY BURIED IN 1876.
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly note that the Town of Walhalla in Oconee County this year celebrates the sesquicentennial anniversary of its founding; and
Whereas, the town's founder, General John Andreas Wagener, a native of Germany, born in Sievern, the former kingdom of Hanover in 1816, arrived in the United States in 1833 and made his home in Charleston, where he rapidly rose to be leader of the German Community in Charleston, publishing a German language newspaper and organizing the German Evangelical St. Matthew's Church; and
Whereas, in 1844 General Wagener organized the Walhalla Lodge and in 1848 the Walhalla Colony, that area of his adopted state that most resembled his homeland, where twelve German families settled, and whose decendents remain to this day ; and
Whereas, General Wagener served with distinction as a soldier in the War Between the States, rising to the rank of Colonel and commander of the militia forces in Charleston, and in recognition of his service to his adopted state, was commissioned brigadier general of militia by Governor Orr; and
Whereas, General Wagener was active in the rebuilding of the State after the defeat, elected Mayor of Charleston in 1871, where he earned a reputation for vigorous and honest public service; and
Whereas, General Wagener, who had founded the Town of Walhalla, and while there on August 27, 1876, died and at his own request, was buried in Walhalla; and
Whereas, the following year the citizens of Charleston claimed his remains and removed them to Charleston; and
Whereas, it is appropriate that the General's original wishes as to his resting place be honored in this year of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the founding of the town where he may rest secure in a place of honor surrounded by the town he established. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the General Assembly, by this resolution, congratulates the citizens of the Town of Walhalla on the sesquicentennial anniversary of the founding of the town and the General Assembly further urges the heirs of the town's founder, General John Andreas Wagener, to allow his remains to be moved to a place of honor in the Town of Walhalla, the town he founded, the site where he died, and the place where, at his own request, his remains were originally interred.
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