1st Volunteer Regiment of Georgia
Mercer's-Olmstead's Georgia Infantry
Confederate States of America CSA
A Regimental History
 
Information gathered by John Griffin
(updated 23 November 2003)

In honor and remembrance of the ancestors who served with this regiment, lest they be forgotten, this regimental history is dedicated to:

Absolom A. Davis a second cousin three times removed was born on 18 February 1844 in Ware Co, GA the son of Early A Davis and Delilah Lott. Absolom enlisted as a private in Captain Gordon's Company of the 1st (Olmstead's) Georgia Regiment of Infantry on 17 April 1862. He later transferred to Company B, 13th Battalion Georgia Infantry and then finally to Company K of the 63d Georgia Volunteer Infantry in December 1862 with the last rank of Sergeant listed. He died in Coffee Co, GA, September 1863, on leave due to illness, he as 19 National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0016, 00000247

Joseph Joel Davis a second cousin three times removed was born on on 6 March 1841 in Ware Co, GA the son of Early A Davis and Delilah Lott. Joseph married Mary Martha Wilson, daughter of Thomas Wilson. She was born on 7 November 1843 in Ware Co, GA and died in Ware Co, GA on 28 December 1929. Joseph first enlisted as a private in Captain Gordon's Company of 1st (Olmstead's) Regiment Georgia Infantry on 17 April 1862. He later transferred to Company B, 13th Battalion Georgia Infantry and finally to Company K 63rd Georgia Volunteer Infantry in December 1862. He was appointed 4th Corporal 6 December 1862, 3rd Corporal March 1863, 1st Corporal 1 April 1863; and 4th Sergeant 20 January 1864. He was captured in fighting at Kennesaw Mountain, GA, 27 June 1864. He was sent to Camp Douglas Prison, IL. Joseph was discharged, 16 May 1865. Joseph died in Ware Co, GA on 21 December 1912, he was 71 National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0016, 00001061

Henry Gray was born on 22 May 1842, the son of Zachariah Gray and Bethany Easters. He first married (my first cousin four times removed) Charlotte Nobles daughter of James Jackson Nobles & Margaret Henderson who was born in 1844. Henry second married Rachel Jernigan. He served in Company H, 4th Georgia Cavalry. Also served some with the 1st Regiment of Georgia Volunteers, National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0024, 00002025

George W. Paulk a first cousin four times removed was born on 16 September 1833 in Irwin Co, GA the son of Micajah Paulk III and Mary McMillian. On 11 October 1860 when George was 27, he married Delilah Vickers, my second cousin three times removed, daughter of Youngy Vickers Sr & Frances "Fannie" Peterson, in Berrien Co, GA. She was born on 14 January 1845 in Irwin Co, GA. and died in Irwin Co, GA on 1 November 1873. George joined Company C. He contracted a fever late in the war and was sent home. George died in Berrien Co, GA in 1865, he was 31. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0047, 00002251

John J. Paulk a first cousin four times removed was born in 1835 in Irwin Co, GA the son of the son of Micajah Paulk III and Mary McMillian. On 25 January 1855 when John was 20, he married Tempy McClelland, daughter of Gabriel McClelland & Georgia Williams, in Irwin Co, GA. She was born in 1830 in Irwin Co, GA. John served in Company H. He enlisted as a private on 3 September 1861. John was killed in action at the battle of Bentonville, NC, on 18 March 1865, he was 30. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0047, 00002264

William E. White was born on 21 April 1823 the son of James O. White and Mary Garrot. William married (my great-great-great-great aunt Elizabeth "Betsy" Sirmans, daughter of Jonathan Sirmans & Martha "Patsy" Rouse. She was born in 1829. William served in Company D. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0064, 00002651

The Regiment I am working on for this study is

 

1st Volunteer Regiment of Georgia (Mercerís-Olmstead's) Infantry

To add to the confusion, this regiment was in existence before the war and was composed of many volunteer-militia companies from the Savannah area commanded by Colonel A. R. Lawton.. The 1st Volunteer Regiment of Georgia was created by act of the Georgia legislature in 1852. Although it was to have been officially designated as the 9th Georgia Infantry, the men of the unit continued to use its original designation The regiment was mustered into Confederate service in May or June 1861. A portion of the unit was captured on the fall of Fort Pulaski. After an exchange of prisoners, the regiment was reorganized in October 1862 under the conscription act. Ten companies were assigned to the reorganized regiment by Special Order #542, HQ District of GA (October 1862). Because of incomplete records it is difficult to determine which companies composed the regiment before reorganization Because of this difficulty I will post what I currently have found. I will list companies, with company commanders in parentheses when known.:

Company A :

1st Company A: DeKalb Riflemen or DeKalb Rifles, Chatham County, (Augustus P. Wetter, A. L. Hartridge, Benjamin H. Hardee). This company subsequently became Company B, 1st Battalion Georgia Sharp Shooters.

2nd Company A: Jasper Irish Greens (#2), Chatham County, (John Foley, Martin J. Ford John Flannery) the original Jasper Irish Greens militia from the Savannah area.  When the transfer of Company A-1 DeKalb Rifleman was made, this became the sole company A.  It was such a large company from it's militia days that it transferred excess men to the Company B

Company B: Jasper Irish Greens, Chatham County, (David O'Connor, James Dooner). This company was formed in May 1862 by transferring some men from 2nd Company A, but was a second Jasper Irish Green company with an additional enlistment not with the original militia.

Company C: Republican Blues or Independent Republican Blues, Chatham County, (John W. Anderson, George W. Anderson, Jr.) This company was originally the Davis (William H. Davis) 2nd Republican Blues, Independent Company, Georgia Volunteer Infantry. The term of service for this company appears to have been 60 days. The company disbanded on 20 August 1861. Many of its members reenlisted here in this Olmsteadís 1st Regiment Georgia Volunteer

Infantry Company C.

Company D: Savannah City Light Guards, Chatham County (S. Yates Levy)

Company E: Irish Volunteers, Chatham County, (John M. Doherty, John M. O'Neil)l. This company was originally Captain J.B. Read's Independent Company, or Readís Independents or Readís Irish Volunteers.

Company F: Coast Rifleman or Coast Rifles or Georgia Coast Rifles, Chatham County, (William Richard Pritchard). This company was originally Captain Pritchard's Company 25th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry.

Company G: Tattnall Guards, Chatham County, (Archibald C. Davenport). This company was originally Captain A.C. Davenport's Independent Company, 3rd Brigade, Georgia State Troops.

Company H: Oglethorpe Light Infantry, (Frederick William Simms, James Lachlison, Jr). This company was composed of men from the old militia Company B of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry.

Company I: German Volunteers, Chatham County, (John H. Stegin, C. Werner, Charles A. H. Umbach).

Company K: Washington Volunteers, Chatham County, (John McMahon, John Cooper).

Other Chatham County Companies, some of which could have filled this above companies and some which went on to fill out other regiments.

Bonaud's Company, Emmett Rifles (A. Bonaud) This company became Company F, 22nd Battalion Georgia Heavy Artillery.

Claghorn's Company, Chatham Artillery, (James S. Claghorn), This company became an independent battery of artillery.

Gallie's Company Savannah Artillery, (John B. Gallie) This company was apparently disbanded and the men reenlisted in other units.

Gordon's Company Phoenix Riflemen (George A. Gordon), This company was reorganized and formed into three companies. It then became the 13th Battalion Georgia Volunteer Infantry, which became a part of the 63rd Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry.

Guilmartin's Company Montgomery Guards, (Lamar J. Guilmartin) This company later became Company E 22nd Battalion Georgia Heavy Artillery.

Screven's Company Savannah Volunteer Guards (John Screven), This company later became Company A, 18th Battalion Georgia Volunteer Cavalry.

Stiles' Company Savannah Volunteer Guards, (Archibald C. Davenport, George W. Stiles)

This company later became Company B, 18th Battalion Georgia Volunteer Cavalry.

Way's Company Forest City Rangers (Charlton H. Way)

 

Now if that can not be confusing enough, I will now list all the other possible regiments that I have found that also have the "FIRST" Georgia designation. This is to help the researchers decide which regiment is the "FIRST" Georgia that they choose to research. When possible companies and their designation have been noted.

Infantry

1st Battalion Georgia Confederate Infantry-Consolidated, consolidated 9 April 1865

1st Battalion Georgia Infantry, Columbus City Battalion (Jacques) Made up mostly of detailed men the unit was organized in 1864.

1st Battalion Georgia Infantry Militia (McKay) organized in spring 1864

1st Battalion Georgia Infantry Reserves (Symonsí) organized late 1864 with eight companies, later became the 1st Georgia Infantry Regiment Reserves (Symons),

1st Battalion Georgia Infantry Reserves-Augusta Fire Brigade (Platt) later became the 18th Battalion Georgia Infantry-State Guard was organized with six companies in late 1863, mustered out about 4 Februarty 1864

1st Battalion Georgia Infantry State Guard-Ordinance Battalion (Oliveros) Organized in late 1863, mustered out after 4 February 1864

1st Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters (Anderson) organized 20 June 1862 with four companies (A-D), consolidated with the 25th Georgia Volunteer Infantry December 1863-January 1864, then later consolidated into the 1st Battalion Georgia Confederate Infantry 9 April 1865

1st Battalion Georgia State Troops

1st Battalion Georgia Volunteer Infantry (Villepigue) organized 3 April 1861 with six companies, became 36th Georgia Volunteer Infantry November 1861, Company B Catoosa Infantry, Company D Lee's Volunteers, it would later be designated 1st Georgia Confederate Regiment.

1st Brigade Georgia State Troops

1st Division Georgia Militia (Flournoy)

1st Georgia Infantry Augusta Battalion (Jackson)

1st Georgia Confederate Infantry Regiment, also know as the 1st Confederate Infantry Regiment, was formerly Villepigueís 36th Georgia Infantry, A Independent Vols Bibb County, Company B Ringold Vols or Ringold Volunteers Catoosa County, Company C1 Brown Infantry Bibb County, Company C2 Fulton County, Company D1 Fulton County, Company D2 Catoosa County Company D2 Walker County, Company E1 Etowah Infantry Bartow County, Company F1 Richmond County, Company F2 Powder Springs Guards Cobb County, Company G Floyd County, Company I Catoosa County

1st Georgia Infantry Light Duty Men-Macon (Rowland)

1st Georgia Infantry Local Defense Troops-Augusta (Rains), organized by the increase of the Agusuta Arsenal Battalion to a regiment in 1864

1st Georgia Infantry Regiment-Consolidated (Olmstead)-consolidated on 9 April 1865 combining Olmsteadís 1st, and 57th, and 63rd regiments

1st Georgia Infantry Regiment Militia (Pottle) Organized in spring 1864

1st Georgia Infantry Regiment State Troops (Brown)

1st Georgia Infantry Regulars (Chastain, McGill, Wayne, Williams), organized in March 1861 at Macon, GA, Company A Georgia Regulars, Company A Hamilton Battery, Company B Emmett Rifles, Company G Brunswick Defenders, Company L Atlanta Greys Fulton County

1st Georgia Infantry Reserves (Fannin's), organized in early 1864

1st Georgia Infantry Reserves (Symons), organized by the increase in Symonís infantry battalion of reserves in late 1864, was also knkow as 6th Georgia Infantry Regiment-Reserves

1st Georgia Infantry State Guard (Dabney), organized in late 1863, muster out about 4 February 1864. Company H Dalton Home Guard

1st Georgia Infantry State Line (Galt), organized at Camp McDonald, Big Shanty on 21 February 1863. Two cavalry companies were assigned to this regiment at various times in 1864-1865.

1st Georgia Infantry Regiment State Troops

1st Georgia Regiment Local Defense Troops-Macon (Brooks)

1st Georgia State Infantry

1st Georgia State Line Garrison Guards Battalion

1st Georgia Volunteer Infantry (Ramsey), organized at Camp Oglethorpe, Macon, GA 3 April 1861, with companies being enrolled since 18 March 1861. The men were mustered out on 18 March 1862. Companies A, D, E, and I reenlisted and became part of the 12th Heavy Artillery Battalion. Company A Newnan Guards Coweta County, Company B Southern Guards Muscogee County, Company C Southern Rights Guards Houston County, Company D Oglethorpe Infantry or Oglethorpe Guards Richmond County, Company E Washington Rifles Washington County, Company F Gate City Guards Fulton County, Company G Bainbridge Independents Decatur County, Company H Dahlonega Vols or Dahlonega Volunteers Lumpkin County, Company I Walker Light Infantry Richmond County, Company K Quitman Guards Monroe County

1st Independent Battalion Georgia Volunteer Infantry

1st Regiment Georgia Partisan Rangers (Smith) 12 companies that eventually became Smith's Legion.

Cavalry

1st Battalion Georgia Cavalry (Spalding), organized with 4-5 companies September 1861, later consolidated with the 2nd Battalion Georgia Cavalry and was then designated as the 5th Georgia Cavalry Regiment in 1863

1st Battalion Georgia Cavalry-Partisan Rangers (Griffin), soon became the 15th Battalion Georgia Calvary-Partisan Rangers in June 1862, later became the 62nd Georgia Partisan Rangers Regiment in August 1862. NOTE: So many of the Georgia Partisan Ranger units are listed as being the 1st Battalion Georgia Partisan Rangers that it is impossible to determine which claim is true. The 2nd and 15th Battalions, and the 2nd Regiment of Georgia Partisan Rangers are all listed as originally being the 1st Battalion.

1st Battalion Georgia Cavalry Reserves (Blount) organized with nine companies on 7 January 1865.

1st Georgia Cavalry Regiment (Davitte & Morrison) Companies A, B, C mustered into Confederate service for three years on 4 March 1862, later becoming a full regiment by May 1862.

1st Georgia Calvary Regiment-Partisan Rangers (Nix), was also known as the 16th Georgia Cavalry Battalion and 16th Georgia Partisan Rangers, organized with seven companies in summer of 1862, it was increased to a regiment and then designated the 13th Georgia Cavalry on 16 January 1865.

1st Georgia Cavlary, Gordon Squadron-State Guard (Denman), organized with two companies in summer 1863. Company A mustered out in Rome, GA 31 January 1864, Company B sometime later in February

1st Battalion Georgia Cavalry Militia (West), also known as 16th Battalion Georgia Cavalry State Guard was organized in late 1863 and mustered out in February 1864.

There may be more.  These are the ones I found while doing research on the 1st Volunteers-Georgia.

Operations of the first Georgia Troops

From Confederate Military History, Volume 6, Chapter 2:

ORGANIZATION AND OTHER EVENTS IN THE STATE, FROM SPRING UNTIL CLOSE OF 1861--EARLY RECORD OF GEORGIANS OUTSIDE THE STATE, PREVIOUS TO MANASSAS--COAST OPERATIONS IN GEORGIA IN 1861 (INCLUDING PORT ROYAL).

The Georgia convention resumed its session at Savannah, March 7, 1861, and continued its deliberations until March 28th, ratifying the Confederate constitution on March 16th, adopting a new State constitution, authorizing the issue of treasury notes and bonds for revenue for public defense, tendering a tract ten miles square for the Confederate seat of government, and transferring the control of military operations as well as forts and arms.

But before the troops were thus formally handed over to the authorities of the new union, an Atlanta volunteer company, "Lee's Volunteers," Capt. G. W. Lee, was tendered to the government at Montgomery by its commanding officer, and accepted March 5th. During his return to Atlanta, a number of enthusiastic ladies on the railroad train procured material and made a Confederate flag after a model of the first flag of the Confederate States raised at Montgomery, March 4th, under which the company paraded at Atlanta immediately afterward.

The earliest organizations of commands had abundantly demonstrated the enthusiastic desire of the people to enlist for the defense of the State. More companies were offered than could be used, and these were advised to continue their drills without arms. Though some arms ordered from the North had been delivered, the supply was very insufficient, and it was found necessary to put in use the old flint-locks, altering them to percussion-locks. Some companies were ordered to arm themselves with double-barreled shotguns, private arms were freely contributed, and in various ways the companies were armed in some fashion for drill and even for their first battles. A contract for cannon for coast defense with a Pennsylvania iron company had been canceled by the latter, and it was found necessary to order guns for batteries from the Tredegar works at Richmond. To encourage the home production of war armament, the convention offered a bonus of $10,000 to such a factory as would be capable of furnishing three cannon each week and a columbiad at an early date.

The Georgia convention turned over matters of arms and soldiers to the government of the Confederate States, but Governor Brown did not cease organizing State troops. He contemplated the formation of two divisions, and intended to appoint Col. Henry R. Jackson major-general of the first division, and Col. William H. T. Walker as major-general of the second. It was found practicable to organize but one division, of which Walker was appointed major-general, Jackson generously giving up his own promotion and urging Walker for the command.

The first call to Georgia made by the government of the Confederate States was for troops for Pensacola, and met with a prompt reply. It is stated that under the governor's call for troops for this service 250 companies were tendered, and the following were ordered into camp at Macon (the list being arranged in the order in which they formed the First regiment Georgia volunteers and the First independent battalion): Newnan Guards (A), Capt. George M. Hanvey; Southern Guards (B), Columbus, Capt. Frank S. Wilkins; Southern Rights Guards (C), Perry, Capt. John A. Houser; Oglethorpe Infantry (D), Augusta, Capt. Houghton B. Adam (who succeeded J. O. Clark on the latter's election as lieutenant-colonel); Washington Rifles (E), Sandersville, Capt. S. A. H. Jones; Gate City Guards (F), Atlanta, Capt. W. L. Ezzard, and later Capt. C. A. Stone; Bainbridge Independents (G), Capt. John W. Evans; Dahlonega Volunteers (H), Capt. Alfred Harris, who resigned and was succeeded by Thomas B. Cabaniss, elected from the ranks of the company from Forsyth; Walker Light Infantry (I), Augusta, Capt. Samuel H. Crump; Quitman Guards (K), Forsyth, Capt. J. S. Pinkard (these ten forming the First Georgia);

Independence Volunteers (A), Macon, Capt. J. E. Aderhold; Ringgold Volunteers (B), Capt. H. J. Sprayberry; Brown Infantry (c), Macon, Capt. G. A. Smith, and Etowah Guards (D), Capt. Peter H. Larey (these four forming the First independent battalion).

When the first ten companies of this list organized as the First regiment of Georgia volunteers, April 3, 1861, at Camp Oglethorpe, Macon, they elected the following officers: James N. Ramsey, colonel; James O. Clark, lieutenant-colonel; George H. Thompson, major. Capt. Andrew Dunn was appointed quartermaster; Capt. George W. Cunningham, commissary, and Lieut. James W. Anderson, adjutant. The last named became major in the fall of 1861 on the resignation of Clark as lieutenant-colonel and the promotion of Thompson to his position. The enlistment of the troops composing the regiment was dated from March 18, 1861, the day on which the members of these companies had enrolled their names in response to the call of the governor. The other four companies mentioned above were at the same time organized into the First independent battalion, with Captain Larey as major, their enlistment also dating from March 18th.

Two days after the organization, Governor Brown reviewed the troops before a vast assemblage, and delivered an eloquent speech which aroused the enthusiasm of all.

In a few days the First Georgia volunteers boarded the cars for Montgomery, then the capital of the new Confederacy. From Montgomery they went to Garland, where they received news of the attack upon Fort Sumter. The railroad to Pensacola was not yet finished, there being a gap of sixteen miles between Garland and Evergreen. This distance the regiment marched, and from Evergreen went by rail to Pensacola, where they were sent down the bay past the navy yard and stationed near Fort Barrancas.

The regiment was transferred early in June to Virginia, and while in camp at Richmond was reviewed by President Davis and Governor Letcher, each of whom delivered speeches which were enthusiastically received. The battle of Big Bethel occurred during their short stay at Richmond and was hailed as a great victory.

The First Georgia volunteers served in West Virginia under Garnett, and after the death of that officer, under Henry R. Jackson, until December, when they were sent to Stonewall Jackson at Winchester, serving under that great leader until early in March, when they were ordered to Lynchburg and soon after to Georgia, where they were mustered out March 18, 1862.

The First Georgia was in the following engagements: Belington and Laurel Hill, Carrick's Ford, Cheat Mountain, Greenbrier River, Bath and Hancock. Four companies re-enlisted in a body at Augusta, Ga., forming an artillery battalion under Maj. H. D. Capers. These were the Oglethorpe Artillery, Augusta, Capt. J. V. H. Allen; Walker Light Artillery, Augusta, Capt. Samuel Crump; Washington Artillery, Sandersville, Capt. J. W. Rudisill, and Newnan Artillery, Capt. George M. Hanvey. Three of these companies served under Gen. Kirby Smith in 1862, in east Tennessee, and the company from Newnan participated as artillery in the Kentucky campaign.

Toward the latter part of 1862, the whole battalion was sent to Savannah. The Oglethorpes were then detached, and with the Thirteenth Georgia (Phoenix) battalion and six new companies formed the Sixty-third Georgia regiment of infantry. The Twelfth battalion and the Sixty-third regiment were on duty at Savannah as infantry and heavy artillery detachments from these commands serving also at Battery Wagner and Fort Sumter.

In the summer of 1864 the Twelfth Georgia battalion, with two companies added, was sent to Virginia as infantry, and was with Evans' Georgia brigade, army of Northern Virginia, until the surrender at Appomattox; while the Sixty-third Georgia was sent to Dalton, serving from that time until Johnston's capitulation in North Carolina, in the army of Tennessee. Additional particulars of the Twelfth Georgia battalion and the Sixty-third Georgia regiment will be found in the sketch of those two commands.

One other company of the old First Georgia, the Southern Rights Guards, from Perry, reenlisted in a body as the Southern Rights battery, serving as artillery in the army of Tennessee during the rest of the war. The other companies of the First Georgia broke up and re-enlisted in various commands.

The First Georgia independent battalion, organized at the same time as the First Georgia volunteers, went to Pensacola with Peter H. Larey as major commanding, Z. T. Conner, adjutant, and S. M. Lanier, quartermaster, under commissions from Governor Brown, but the authority was not recognized when the battalion was received into Confederate service April 16th. Major Larey resigned his commission early in June, and John B. Villepigue, a South Carolinian who had had seven years' service in the United States army, was elected major and assigned by order of General Bragg. A month later he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel, and in September Capt. William L. Lovell, Company G, became major. The Vicksburg artillery and Jackson artillery, of Mississippi, were attached to the battalion in October, and the combined command was entitled the Georgia and Mississippi regiment. A Florida company, the Simpson mounted rangers, was also attached at this time. In November, at the expiration of the six months' enlistment, the name of the command was changed to the Thirty-sixth regiment Georgia volunteers.

The first Georgia soldiers at Pensacola were the volunteers organized at Atlanta by Capt. G. W. Lee, who took his command to the Florida port, with a letter from Adjutant-General Cooper to General Bragg, of date March 19th, in which it was stated that "this company, consisting of 100 men, chiefly artisans, is exclusive of the quota which has been required from that State, and the secretary of war desires you will cause the officers and men to be mustered into service and assigned to duty." The strength of this command was reported on March 31st at 113 men. It was attached to the First battalion as Company D.

Two "First" regiments have already been noted in Georgia, and there remains a third to be mentioned, which by priority of State service is entitled to the distinction of being the first regiment summoned to the field in Georgia. This was the First volunteer regiment of Georgia, which was organized prior to the war, composed of the militia companies of Savannah, and commanded by Col. A. R. Lawton. On the appointment of the latter as brigadier-general, H. W. Mercer was elected colonel, and on the latter's promotion to brigadier-general, Charles H. Olmstead was elected colonel, December 26, 1861. He retained command throughout the war.

This regiment was on duty at Savannah and Fort Pulaski when Ramsey's regiment was organized. But of these two regiments, Ramsey's was the first to leave the State and the first to see actual war. The First volunteer regiment included the famous old companies--the Republican Blues, German Volunteers, Irish Jasper Greens, Savannah Cadets and Oglethorpe Light Infantry. It was reorganized in October, 1862, and served on the coast until May, 1864. Its organization was as follows:

Col. Charles H. Olmstead, Lieut.-Col. W. S. Rockwell (succeeded by W. J. Ford, who was at first major), Commissary E. W. Drummond, Asst. Quartermasters E. Hopkins and F. M. Hull, Adjt. M. H. Hopkins. The following were the captains: Company A, J. H. Flannery; Company B, David O'Connor, James Dooner; Company C, J. W. Anderson, S. W. Anderson; Company D, S. Y. Levy, P. C. Elkins; Company E, J. M. Doherty; Company F, J. S. Turner; Company G, A. C. Davenport, G. Eberhart; Company H, F. W. Sims, J. Lachlison; Company I, C. Werner, C. A. H. Urnbach; Company K, John Cooper.

In April, 1862; Colonel Olmstead, with Company H (the Oglethorpe Light Infantry) and four companies from other commands, defended Fort Pulaski against the Federals under Gen. David Hunter, but was forced to surrender. The prisoners were soon exchanged and in service again. A detachment from this regiment also served at Battery Wagner in 1863. The First volunteer regiment under Colonel Olmstead was sent to Dalton in May, 1864, and served thenceforth in the army of Tennessee until the surrender in North Carolina, April 26, 1865.

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