Georgia


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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.

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

1ST SERGEANT ALFRED J. BISHOP – Co. G, 16TH BATTALION CAVALRY
GEORGIA STATE GUARDS

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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

NOTE:

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.

Jr. 2nd Lt. Amrose Worley

by Kent Worley

Ambrose Worley Junior Second Lieutenant, enlisted as a private and was later promoted to an officer as a result of his faithful commitment to the 23rd Infantry Regiment, organized at Big Shanty, Georgia, in September 1861, contained men from Bartow, Henderson, Floyd, Pickens, and Cherokee counties. It moved to Tennessee, then was sent to Virginia and assigned to the Department of the Peninsula.

In April, 1862, it totaled 360 effectives and during the war served under General Rains and General Colquitt (see photograph, left). The 23rd participated in the campaigns of the army of Northern Virginia from Williamsburg to Chancellorsville, where more than 275 men were captured. It was then order to Charleston, south Carolina, and later Florida.

After fighting at Olustee, the unit returned to Virginia and took part in the conflicts at Drewry’s Bluff and Cold Harbor as well as endured the battles and hardships of the Petersburg siege. It lost 4 killed and 56 wounded in the Maryland Campaign, and 2 killed, 66 wounded, and 2 missing at Olustee.

During 1865 it was active in North Caroline and surrendered with the Army of Tennessee. The filed officers were Colonels Marcus R. Ballenger, W.P. Barcaly, Emory F. Best, James H. Huggins, and Thomas Hutcherson; Lieutenant Colonel John J.A. Sharpp; and Marjor William J. Boston. Ambrose Worley returned back home to his family farm where he lived out the remainder of his years.