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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.

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.

William Jameson

by Lynn Crawford

William Jameson was born in Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia on September 24, 1839.

When the war broke out he enlisted in May 30, 1861 in Little Rock, Arkansas along with three other Jamerson’s; two of whom died in Virginia. He served in Company F, 6th Arkansas Infantry, Govan’s Brigade, Tennessee Army. He was wounded at the Battle of Murfreesboro and spent the rest of the war on crutches in the quartermaster corps at Lewisville, Lafayette County, Arkansas. He had a severe limp from that injury for the rest of his life.

He married Emma Trotter in 1864 and had a daughter named Mary Emma Jameson and moved to Texas where he lived with his cousin, James Jameson (who spelled his name Jamerson) in Lewisville, Denton County, Texas.

Through his church, he met Sarah Ella Crain. He married Sarah Ella on may 6, 1875 near Rockdale, in Milam County, Texas. Jameson and his new wife moved to the Brekenridge, Texas area to farm and they had four children prior to her death in 1885.

In 1910, Jameson was working as a hired man and his health was deteriorating rapidly. Shortly  thereafter he applied to the Texas State Home for Confederate Veterans in Austin, Travis county, Texas. He was accepted and lived there until his death on October 31, 1922. He is buried in the Confederate Cemetery Austin, Texas: Section: Confederate Field, Section 1, Row: Number: 16