Category Archives: –MARION COUNTY GA–
This display outside woodcarver Rocky Wade’s shop pays tribute to the legend of St. EOM of Pasaquan. Pasaquan is a whimsical folk art farm located in Marion County and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. St. EOM was Eddie Owens Martin (1908 – 1986). Born to a family of poor sharecroppers, Martin eventually ran away from home and wound up in New York City, where he was deeply involved in the Greenwich Village bohemian art scene until the 1950s. Upon returning to Marion County, he began work on Pasaquan in 1957. Never quite fitting in with overall-wearing locals, Eddie, who by this time had dubbed himself St. EOM, was known for his flamboyant dress and jewelry. He committed suicide in 1986 and willed his property to the Marion County Historical Society.
Though his claim to sole authorship of the famed Civil War poem and song, “All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight” is now widely disputed, Thaddeus Oliver (b. 25 December 1826 in Twiggs County) remains one of Georgia’s favorite Confederate sons. In 1850 he went to Marion County and taught at the Buena Vista Academy, was admitted to the bar in 1852, and was serving as Solicitor General of the Chattahoochee Circuit when he mustered into Confederate service on 15 April 1861. He died of wounds in a Charleston hospital on 21 August 1864. His famous poem was purportedly written at Aqula Creek, Virginia, in August 1861. He is buried about ten miles west of Hawkinsville (Georgia Highway 26 at Loggins Road).