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.