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Civil War scion: Ringgold mayor is living history, for more reasons than one

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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."

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