Civil War scion: Ringgold mayor is living history, for more reasons than one | Times Free Press

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Jun

Civil War scion: Ringgold mayor is living history, for more reasons than one | Times Free Press

RINGGOLD, Ga. — City Hall here has Civil War history on its walls: framed battle maps, a mural of soldiers fighting, a painting memorializing an unknown Confederate who died defending Ringgold Gap.

Ringgold has some living history, too: A mayor who’s one generation removed from the Civil War.

Mayor Joe Barger’s grandfather — that’s right, his grandfather — Jacob A. Barger served as a private for the South in North Carolina’s infantry.

“He was born in 1833,” Barger said. “So it’s 96 years’ difference between when he was born, and I was born.”

The births were spaced that way because both Barger’s grandfather and father married younger women after their first wives died.

Being the grandson of a Civil War soldier is so unusual, the 84-year-old mayor said, that when he tells people about it, “I don’t think they believe me.”

Barger’s photo hangs on City Hall’s wall, too. It’s one of 16 photos of mayors in office since 1919.

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