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In early 1861, Georgia joined the Confederacy and became a major theater of the Civil War. In December 1864, a large swathe of the state from Atlanta to Savannah was destroyed during General Sherman’s march to the sea. 18,253 Georgian soldiers died in service, roughly 1 in every 5 who served. In 1870, following reconstruction, Georgia became the last Confederate state restored to the union.

Private William E Doolittle

by Mark Doolittle

“A life done too soon”

William Doolittle was born in New York in 1840. He joined the 11th Georgia Infantry Co D in Atlanta Georgia on the 3rd of July 1861 signed up by Major Calhoun, he was 22 years old. He was latter reassigned to Co K which he stayed in until his death.

He was involved in the following battles:

  • Yorktown Siege( April 1862)
  • Lee’s Mill (April 16 1862)
  • Williamsburg ( May 5 1862)
  • Seven days Battles(June 25-July 1, 1862)
  • Garnett’s and Golding’s Farms (June 27-28, 1862)
  • Allen’s Farm (June 29 1862)
  • Malvern Hill (July 1, 1862)
  • Rappahannock Station ( August 23, 1862)
  • Thoroughfare Gap (August 28, 1862)
  • Second Battle of Manassas (August 28-30, 1862)
  • South Mountain (September1862)
  • Antietam (September 17, 1862)
  • and finally Fredericksburg (December 13, 1862)

It was Smallpox that finally took him off the battlefield his 5ft 5in body now ravaged with diseases, his black hair now streaked with gray from the stress of being in so many battles in such a short period of time.

As he lay dying in that Richmond Virginia Hospital his sunken blue eyes filled with tears from the pain, I can imagine him looking at his fellow soldiers suffering with him and thinking that each one there had something they shared, they each sweated beneath the same sun, looked up in wonder at the same one, and wept when it was all done for being done too soon, for being done too soon.

RIP Beloved Grandfather we will never forget you. SCV

Pvt. Calvin Douglas

By SCV Camp 1708, Scottsdale AZ

The 60th Infantry Regiment was organized during the spring of 1862 at Savannah, Georgia, by adding four companies to Stiles’ 4th Georgia Battalion. The battalion had been formed during the summer of 1861 with six companies and served at Hilton Head.

The men were recruited in the counties of Walker, Fannin, Whitfield, Bartow, Gilmer, and Dooly. Ordered to Virginia in May, it was placed under the command of Generals Lawton, John B. Gordon, and C.A. Evans.

The 60th was active in the campaigns to the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days’ Battles to Cold Harbor, then was involved in Early’s Shenandoah Valley operations and the Appomattox Campaign. This regiment reported 42 casualties at Second Manassas, 59 at Sharpsburg, 78 at Fredericksburg, and 35 at Chancellorsville. It lost 6 killed and 16 wounded at Second Winchester and about fifteen percent of the 299 at Gettysburg.

On April 9, 1865, it surrendered with 5 officers and 85 men.

The field officers were Colonels Waters B. Jones and William H. Stiles, Sr., and Lieutenant Colonel Thomas J. Berry.

Dallas White

By SCV Camp 1708, Scottsdale AZ

Dallas White joined the 20th Infantry Regiment when it was formed at Columbus, Georgia, in May, 1861, and soon moved to Virginia where it was assigned to the Potomac District.

The men were from the counties of Muscogee, Jefferson, Cook, Harris, Wilkinson, Telfair, and Crawford. It served in General Early’s, Toombs’, and Benning’s Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. In April, 1862, it had 560 effectives and fought with the army from the Seven Days’ Battles to Cold Harbor except when it was with Longstreet at Suffolk, Chickamauga, and Knoxville.

The unit endured the hardships for the Petersburg trenches south and north of the James River and later saw action around Appomattox. It sustained 76 casualties during the Seven Days’ Battles and 152 at Second Manassas. Of the 350 engaged at Gettysburg, more than thirty-five percent were disabled. The regiment lost 95 men from April 14 to May 6 and 54 from August 1 to December 31, 1864. It surrendered 18 officers and 191 men.

The field officers were Colonels John B. Cumming, John A. Jones, William D. Smith, and James D. Waddell; Lieutenant Colonel Eli M. Seago; and Majors John A. Coffee, William Graig, Roger L. Gamble, and Albert B. Ross.

1st Sgt. Alfred J, Bishop

By Kevin Brown


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In July 7th 1863 Alfred J. Bishop Enlisted in Ellijay Georgia also known as Cherokee Georgia as a 1st Sergeant in Co. G, 16th Battalion Cavalry (State Guards) He went into state service on Aug 1, 1863, Gilmer Battalion, Georgia, under Major D. M. West Commanding. And Enrolled by Capt. E. M. Spriggs for a period of Six months.

Alfred brought his own horse, valued at $475 Confederate dollars.

And mustered out Feb. 1st , 1864.

Alfred was a school teacher & and according to Confederate military law, school teachers who met certain qualifications were exempt from service. The 1860 census for Gilmer County GA lists Alfred Bishop as a teacher. That may explain why was enlisted in this company instead of a command sent to fight in Tennessee, Mississippi or Virginia.

Alfred is my direct ancestor on My Fathers Side of the family.

Alfred Died In. 1891. And Is Buried In the town of Ellijay, In Gilmer County Georgia In The Jarrett Cemetery Next To Two Of His Sons J. Robb & John W (JW) Bishop


Alfred’s Brother Larkin, my long removed uncle, was also a Confederate Soldier, who served in North Carolinas 37th Infantry, He died the first year of the war. While fighting in Virginia.

A.C. Bishop

By Kevin Brown

The story of A.C. Bishop by Kevin Brown is currently being edited and will be posted as soon as it is available.

We thank Kevin Brown for his donation to the Confederate Heroes Website.