50th Georgia Volunteer Infantry
Confederate States of America (CSA)
 
A Regimental History
Information gathered by John Griffin
A photograph of the original flag for Co. H, 50th GA Volunteer Infantry "Colquitt Marksmen". Taken while on display in Moultrie, GA  for the 100th anniversary of the local UDC Chapter.  The  Flag about 48" square, one side has a sleeve for a pole, not the standard ties and is of cotton bunting.  Note the orientation of the stars.
 
In honor and remembrance of the ancestors who served with this regiment, lest they be forgotten, this regimental history is dedicated to:

John Jackson "Jack" Griffin, my Great-Great Grandfather was a private in Company I. He was the son of Great-Great-Great Grandfather Benjamin Daniel Griffin and Great-Great-Great Grandmother Sarah Henderson. John was born on 18 April 1832 in Irwin County and died on 1 July 1889 in Berrien County. He first married on 16 September 1856 in Berrien County Great-Great Grandmother Martha Giddens (born October 1841 in Lowdnes County, died 2 July 1860 in Berrien County) daughter of Great-Great-Great Grandfather Jacob Giddens and Great-Great-Great Grandmother Annie Sirmans. He second married on 19 December 1861 in Berrien County, Martha Mathis (1844-14 Oct 1925) daughter of Thomas Mathis and Edith Register. John enlisted at Calhoun, Georgia on 22 August 1862. On 2 July 1863 at Gettysburg fighting with his regiment outside the Peach Orchard and into the wheat field area, where he sustained a serious wound late in the evening. A union musket ball shattered his left femur bone just above the knee. Family legend has been that he himself was wounded trying to rescue a wounded comrade. He was taken as a prisoner of war by Union troops. John’s wound necessitated amputation of the left leg above the knee. Reviewing records it is found that he was taken from the field by Union soldiers in the evening, brought to a field hospital and sometime after midnight had the leg amputated. He was listed as captured 2-5 July 1863, on roll of 10 August 1863 at Seminary Hospital at Gettysburg. John was later sent to Camp Letterman US Army General Hospital September 1863 in Gettysburg. By 12 November 1863 he was in West's Building Hospital, Baltimore, MD and finally John transferred to City Point Union Prisoner of War camp in Maryland. By 19 November 1863 he was exchanged along with 300 other Confederates prisoners and was then admitted to General Hospital, Camp Winder at Richmond Virginia as a paroled prisoner. He was furloughed on 28 November 1863. By Christmas 1863 John Jackson Griffin had walked home with use of crutches from Virginia and arrived in Irwin County. Kindness shown by Southerners on his trip home and the desire to return to his family certain helped this maimed CSA soldier survive his long journey. He was called a faithful solider of the Confederacy by neighbors who remembered him. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0025, 00000227

John A. Alderman a third cousin three times removed was born on 15 June 1827 in Bullock Co, the son of William Alderman and Sarah Edmonson. On 15 February 1849 when John was 21, he first married Emily Susan Norman, daughter of James Mitchell Norman & Ruth Tillman, in Thomas Co, GA. She was born on 24 March 1826 in Lowdnes Co, GA. and died in Colquitt Co, GA on 9 August 1868. John second married Susan Alderman who was born on 16 October 1838 and died on 27 January 1917. John was a member of Company H. He had has left arm permanently disabled, resulting in partial paralysis, at Fredericksburg, VA on December 1862. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0001, 00002264 GA. John A. died in Colquitt Co, GA in 1907.

Mitchell J. Alderman a third cousin three times removed was born on 16 March 1838 in Bullock Co, the son of William Alderman and Sarah Edmonson. Mitchell married Mary Hiers, daughter of Daniel Hiers & Nancy Hunter. Mitchell was a member of Company H. He was wounded through shoulder at Gettysburg 2 July 1863. He was unable to return to military duty. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0001, 00002271

William Alderman, a fourth cousin two times removed was born on 23 April 1824 in Duplin Co, NC, the son of George Alderman and Nancy Carlton.  On 8 January 1850 when William was 25, he married Catherine Wells who was born on 4 January 1821 in NC. Catherine died in Brooks Co, GA on 27 June 1891. William enlisted as a private 4 March 1862 in Company K and died in Savannah, GA in April 1862 at the age of 37 at Camp Davis near Savannah, GA. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0001, 00002278 .

William G. Bagley a second cousin three times removed was born about 1841 in Ware Co, GA was the son of William Bagley and Jane Davis. He enlisted as private in Company B on 4 Mar 1862. He was promoted to 2nd Corporal on 5 Aug 1864. He was captured at Richmond, VA 3 April 1865. He was sick at the time of Lee’s surrender, and died shortly thereafter in April 1865. He is buried in Hollywood cemetery in VA. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record 000226, 0003, 00001179

Franklin Bradford a second cousin four times removes was born in 1840 in Lowndes Co, GA the son of William Bradford and Elizabeth Griffin. Franklin married Eliza Frances Tucker, daughter of Jordan Tucker who was born about 1842. Franklin was a Sergeant in Company D. His record shows 2d Sergeant 4 March 1862. He died at Leesburg, VA 13 October 1862. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0007, 00000221

John Bradford a second cousin four times removes was born in 1820 in Lowndes Co, GA the son of William Bradford and Elizabeth Griffin. John first married Elizabeth , maiden name not know. On 13 January 1858 when John was 38, he second married Nellie Jones, daughter of Abner Jones. John was a member of Company D. He enlisted as a private 4 March 1862. He was wounded at Cedar Creek, VA. On 19 October 1864. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: Not found at this time.

John W. Bradford a third cousin three times removed, was born in 1845 the son of Shadrack Bradford and Catherine Johnson. John was a member of Company D enlisting 4 March 1862. He died in service to the CSA in VA. 1863. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: Not found at this time.

William Brinson Bradford a third cousin three times removed, was born on 20 April 1840 the son of Seaborn J. Bradford and Priscilla Griffin. William married Georgia Dampier, daughter of James Dampier. He enlisted on 4 March 1862 in Company I . He was killed in action at Cold Harbor, VA 3 June 1864. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0007, 00000291

William G. Bradford a second cousin four times removes was born on 9 January 1834 in Lowdnes Co, GA the son of William Bradford and Elizabeth Griffin. On 25 January 1857 when William was 23, he first married Eliza M. Hodges, daughter of Nathan Hodges who was born on 31 December 1826. He second married Eliza Dasher 20 December 1876. William was a member of Company D. Records show he was a nurse at Macon GA hospital December 1862 and at home on sick furlough at the close of the war. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0007, 00000284

Sampson Carver Jr. was born in 1836 the son of Sampson Carver Sr. Sampson married My Great-Great-Great Aunt) Sarah A. Davis daughter of James Davis& Ann Fletcher-Smith, in Georgia. She was b orn in 1841 in Ware Co, Ga. Sampson enlisted in Company B as a private 4 March 1862. Records show him absent without leave February 1864. Pension records show he was at home on sick furlough close of war. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0011, 00000849

William R. Cato a second cousin three times removed was born on 3 August 1836 in Telfair Co, GA. the son of Henry Cato and Sarah Peterson. William first married Ellen Hutto. He second married Elizabeth McKinnon. William enlisted in Company C as a private 4 March 1862. He was wounded and captured at Cramptons Gap, MD 14 September 1862. He was received at Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange 19 October 1862. The roll for 28 February 1865 is the last on file. It shows him absent without leave since 25 July 1863. Pension records show he "remained home until war closed" possibly related to the wounding and prison treatment. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0011, 00001595

Adam Joshua Crosby was born on 28 April 1828 in SC, the son of Paul Crosby and Mary Sineath. On 16 December 1851 when Adam was 23, he married (my second cousin four times removed) Lucy Lodge Griffin daughter of Joshua Griffin & Elizabeth Bradford, in Lowndes Co, GA. She was born on 12 March 1833 in Irwin Co, GA. Adam enlisted in Company I. Adam was wounded, gun shot fracture between the right ankle and knee, at battle of Knoxville, TN 29 November 1863. He was taken prisoner. His leg was amputated on 10 December 1863 and had to endure a second amputation higher up the thigh on 26 March 1864. Later he was sent to military prison at Louisville KY on 1 January 1865. He was then sent on to Camp Chase, OH. 4 January 1865, then to Point Lookout, MD for exchange on 26 March 1865. Adam was released on 6 June 1865. Family lore says he was given a old horse, saddle and blanket and sent home. He rode the horse until it died and then walked the rest of the way to Berlin, GA on his peg leg. Adam died in Brooks Co, GA on 15 September 1904, he was 76. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record 000226, 0015, 00000276

Arthur Davis a first cousin four times removed was forn on 7 December 1843 in Ware Co, GA the son of Stafford Davis and Penelope Lott. He enlisted as private in Capt. John M. Spence's Company C the Coffee County Guards on 4 March1862, at Douglas, Coffee Co, GA. He received a bounty of $50 for his enlistment, entered for a period of three years or war. He later was appointed Sergeant. He reported present from 30 April to 31 December 1862, though he was sent for some period of time around July to a convalescent facility near Whitesville, GA, and was on sick furlough for ten days on or around 13 August 1862. Arthur was listed as present again for January and February, 1863, and received clothing during the first quarter of 1863. On 26 August 1863, he appeared on a register of Receiving and Wayside Hospital, or General Hospital No. 9, in Richmond, VA, under the heading of "patients too sick to be removed." He had been admitted on 26 August 1863, apparently for intestinal fever and died of pneumonia on 28 August 1863, with no personal effects in his possession. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record 000226, 0016, 00000311

Daniel D. Davis a first cousin four times removed was born on 27 September 1815 in Montgomery Co, the son of Stafford Davis and Penelope Lott. Daniel first married Elizabeth Miller, born in 1822 and second Sarah Ann Ryals. Daniel enlisted in Company G as a private 4 March 1862. His official record states "Volunteered and stayed at home." Absent without leave August 1862. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0016, 00000413

Mark Davis a first cousin four times removed was born on 7 April 1833 in Montgomery Co, GA the son of Stafford Davis and Penelope Lott. Mark married Penelope "Nellie" Fender, daughter of David Fender & Mary Heirs. She was born in 1833 in Lowdnes Co, GA and died in Coffee Co, GA in 1910. Mark enlisted as private in Company C at Calhoun, GA, for a period of three years or war by Major Dunwoody. He reported present from 30 April - 31 December 1862, and also in January and February,1863. He signed for clothing during the first quarter of 1863, using an "x" as his signature, but on June, 1863, he appeared on a report of sick and wounded soldiers at General Hospital No.19, in Richmond, VA. He died 18 June 1863, of pneumonia and is buried there in Richmond .Private Davis apparently had some personal property with him, and it appears that his personal effects were listed on Manuscript No. 2884, page 21 in the United States Archives Records. The Widow Penelope/ "Nellie" (Fender) Davis filed for a Confederate pension from the State of Georgia. (From United States Archives records on microfilm and the Index to Georgia Confederate Pension Files) National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record 000226, 0016, 00001159

Simon Davis a first cousin four times removed was born on 15 May 1835 in Ware Co, GA the son of Stafford Davis and Penelope Lott. He married a Martha (last name not found) before 1862 in Georgia. Simon (with some military records showing Simeon) enlisted as private in Company C enlisting on 5 September 1862, in Calhoun, GA, for a period of three years or war by Major Dunwoody. He served in Virginia, where he was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital No. 3 in Richmond on 1 November 1862, with an abscess of the foot. Two weeks later, he was transferred apparently to Episcopal Church Hospital of Williamsburg, VA, where he was admitted with bronchitis. Transfer records at Chimborazo Hospital noted a transfer to Petersburg, but the Episcopal Church Hospital register listed his name as being admitted on the day he left Richmond. Private Davis was released from the hospital on 23 November 1862, but died on 14 December 1862, in Fredericksburg from a cause not reported. He was likely killed in battle, since he died the day after the Battle of Fredericksburg. Pay and commutation was due from enlistment, and a settlement was made between the Office of the Confederate States Auditor for the War Department and widow Martha Davis on a claim filed 23 March 1863. (From United States Archives records on microfilm.) National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record 000226, 0016, 00001333

John Denton was born on 29 March 1839 in Coffee Co, GA the son of Samuel Denton and Priscilla Ward. John married (my second cousin three times removed) Frances Wilcox, daughter of Mark Wilcox & Margaret Lott. She was born on 1 April 1842 in Telfair Co, GA and died in Coffee Co, GA on 21 December 1911. John enlisted as a private 9 May 1862. Later he earned the rank of Sergant. On a roll for 28 February 1865, the last on file, shows him present. Pension records show he was with company on 8 April 1865 John died in Coffee Co, GA on 4 July 1904, he was 65. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0017, 00000320

Archibald Gaskins was born on 25 September 1843 in Lowndes, Co GA the son of William Gaskins and Jane McMillian. In 1869 when Archibald was 25, he married (my first cousin 4 times removed) Elizabeth Paulk, daughter of Henry E. Paulk & Delilah Peterson. She was born on 4 December 1850 in Irwin Co, GA. and died in Atkinson Co, GA on 4 May 1930. Archibald enlisted 4 March 1862 in Company I. He was wounded in the battle of the Wilderness, VA 6 May 1864 and was furloughed home for 60 days from the hospital in Richmond, VA. Later the furlough was extended and additional 40 days. He was appointed Enrolling Officer in Berrien County and served in that capacity until the end of the war. Archibald died in Atkinson Co, GA on 22 June 1932, he was 88. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0022, 00003403

Fisher Jackson Gaskins was born on 16 February 1828 in Irwin Co, GA the son of John Gaskins and Polly Barrow. On 25 February 1851 when Fisher was 23, he married (my first cousin five times removed) Elizabeth Sirmans daughter of Abner Sirmans & Elizabeth Kirkland. Born on 17 July 1831 in Lowndes Co, GA. and died in Berrien Co, Ga. on 3 February 1902. Fisher enlisted as a private on 4 March 1862 in Company I, and later was appointed 3rd Corporal on 5 January 1863. He was wounded August 1864 and was given a sick furlough and finished the war at home. Fisher Jackson died in Berrien Co, Ga. on 14 November 1908, he was 80. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0022, 00003409

Fisher W. Gaskins was born on 1 February 1845 in Lowndes, Co GA the son of William Gaskins and Jane McMillan. Fisher married (my second cousin three times removed) Christian "Christie" Ann Peterson, daughter of Henry "Hal" Peterson & Martha Turner. She was born in 1858. Fisher enlisted in Company I as private 4 March 1862. He was discharged as being under-age 14 October 1862. Fisher died in 1932, he was 86. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0022, 00003408

Harmon Gaskins Jr. a first cousin four times removed Born on 24 May 1846 in Lowdnes Co, GA the son of Harmon Gaskins S.r and Malissa Rowland Rouse. Harmon enlisted as a private in Company I on 2 May 1862. He died in service to the CSA of disease on 13 June 1862. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0022, 00003411

John W. Gaskins was born on 29 September 1837 in Lowndes, Co GA the son of William Gaskins and Jane McMillian. On 22 February 1866 when John was 28, he married (my first cousin 4 times removed) Margaret Mary Paulk daughter of Jacob Paulk Sr. & Catherine "Katie" Henderson, in Irwin Co, GA. She was born on 7 December 1842 in Irwin Co, GA. and died on 3 April 1914. John served in Company I enlisting 22 August 1862. He was appointed 5th sergeant 1 January 1863. John was captured at Harpers Ferry VA 6 Apirl 1865 and was later released at Point Lookout MD on 28 June 1865. John died in Berrien Co, GA. on 11 April 1898, he was 60. Military: National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0022, 00003420

Joseph L. Gaskins was born in 1840 in Irwin Co, GA the son of John Gaskins and Polly Barrow.On 10 February 1865 when Joseph was 25, he married (my second cousin four times removed ) Harriet Sirmans, daughter of James Sirmans & Charlotte Sears. She was born in 1841. Joseph enlisted in Company I, on 4 March 1862. Pension records show he was furloughed for 30 days at Richmond, Va. February 10, 1865 National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0022, 00003419

Lemuel "Elam" Gaskins was born in 1836 in Irwin Co, GA the son of John Gaskins and Polly Barrow. "Elam" married (my first cousin five times removed) Sarah Ann Sirmans, daughter of Abner Sirmans & Elizabeth Kirkland. She was born in 1820 in Emanuel Co, GA. Elam enlisted as a private 4 March 1862 in Company I. He died in service to the CSA at Richmond, VA. 26 October 1862 at the age of 26. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0022, 00003421

Jimpsey B. Giddens was born on 19 January 1827 in Bullock Co, GA the son of Thomas G. Giddens and Mary "Polly" Nevill. In 1848 when Jimpsey was 20, he married (my first cousin four times removed) Nancy C. Kirkland, daughter of Daniel Kirkland. She was born on 18 October 1829 and died in Berrien Co, GA on 17 March 1900. He enlisted on 22 August 1862 in Company I, and was later listed as on detached duty at Columbus, Georgia working as a blacksmith 17 Nov 1863-April 1865. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record 000226, 0023, 00001163

Enoch Griffin a third cousin three times removed was born in 1834 the son of Noah H. Griffin and Martha "Patsy" Gaskins. E noch married Eliza Belote who was born in 1834 and died in 1905. Enoch enlisted in Company G Regiment in 1862, he then transferred to Company A, 18th Battalion. He was captured at Saylor's Creek, VA 6 Apr 1865. He was released at the end of the war. Enoch died on 10 February 1900, he was 66. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0025, 00000112, and 000226, 0025, 00000113

Sion Dixon Griffin a third cousin three times removed was born in 1841 the son of John Mitchell Griffin and Frances Dixon. Sion married Rebecca Hall, daughter of Edmond P. Hall. She was born in 1850. Sion was a member of Company I. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0025, 00000379

William Griner was born on 5 October 1841 in Lowndes Co, GA the son of Daniel Griner and Rebecca Strickland. On 9 November 1865 when William was 24, he married (my first cousin four times removed ) Rhoda Gaskins, (who was the widow of Lt. Frances L. Mobley Jr. of Co I, who died in service to the CSA in 1862). daughter of Harmon Gaskins & Malissa Rowland Rouse. She was born on 17 January 1837 in Lowdnes Co, GA. William enlisted on 4 March 1862 in Company I. He was appointed drummer on October 1864. He was with the regiment when it surrendered at Appomattox 9 April 1865. William died in Berrien Co, GA on 21 June 1915, he was 73. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0025, 00000922

Lyman Hall a second cousin three times removed was born in 1837 the son of Enoch Hall and Sarah Selph. Lyman married Sarah Phillips, daughter of Levi Phillips & Chole Wheeler. Lyman was a private in Company K enlisting on 4 March 1862. Records show him absent without leave March -April 1864. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0025, 00003498

John Daniel Hendley Sr. was born in 1827 the son of Elmore and Susannah Hendley. On 15 May 1848 when John was 21, he married (my Great-Great-Great Aunt ) Catherine Griffin, daughter of Benjamin Daniel Griffin & Sarah Henderson, in Irwin Co, GA. She was born in 1828 in Irwin Co, Ga. and died on 18 June 1893. John enlisted in Company H on 11 June 1862 and Served as substitute for H. V. Folsom until March, 1864. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0028, 00001725

David Daniel Hiers a fourth cousin two times removed was born in 1843 the son of Phillip Hiers and Mary Alderman. David died in service to CSA at Richmond, VA on 16 January 1863, he was 20. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0029, 00000025

Henry Jones, a first cousin four times removed was born in 1834 the son of Clayton Jones and Malissa Rowland Rouse. On 25 January 1858 when Henry was 24, he married Mary Ann (Polly) Griner, daughter of Daniel Griner & Rebecca Strickland. She was born about 1840 in Irwin Co, GA and died in Berrien Co, GA on 9 February 1885. Henry joined Company I on 2 May 1862. He died in service to the CSA National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0033, 00000776

Irwin Jones a first cousin four times removed was born in 1830 the son of Clayton Jones and Malissa Rowland Rouse. Irwin married Jemima Griffin, (my third cousin three times removed) daughter of James Griffin & Mary "Polly" Monk. She was born on 24 June 1835 in Lowndes Co, GA and died on 28 September 1907. Irwin joined Company I and served as a Commissary. He died in service to the CSA on 2 July 1864 , he was 34. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0033, 00000840

Harrison J. Kirkland, was born in 1832 in Appling Co, GA the son of Timothy Kirkland and Anna Holloway. On 27 August 1857 when Harrison J. was 25, he first married Missouri Parrish, in Bullock Co, GA. In February 1860 when Harrison was 28, he second married (My first cousin 4 times removed) Elizabeth "Bettie" Gaskins daughter of John Gaskins & Frances "Fannie" Lott, in Coffee Co, GA. She was born on 18 May 1844 in Telfair Co, GA. and died in Coffee Co, GA on 31 January 1925. He enlisted as a Private in Company D and was killed in service to the CSA on 5 September 1862 . National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record 000226, 0035, 00000373

Zenus William Kirkland was born on 23 March 1839 in Telfair Co, GA the son of Moses Kirkland and Margaret Carver. In 1859 when Zenus was 19, he married (my first cousin four times removed) Penelope Gaskins, daughter of John Gaskins & Frances "Fannie" Lott, in Coffee Co, GA She was born on 7 April 1842 in Telfair Co, GA and died in Coffee Co, GA on 29 December 1927. Zenus enlisted as a private in Company C on 4 March 1862. He was wounded in right leg and captured at Crampton's Gap, MD 14 September 1862. He was released from Point Lookout, MD in January 1863. Next he was furloughed for 40 days from General Hospital at Petersburg, VA on account of wound and furnished transportation back to Georgia 30 January 1863. The roll for 28 February 1865, last on file, shows him absent, sick. Pension records show he was at home on wounded furlough close of war. Zenus died in Coffee Co, GA on 19 January 1908, he was 68. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0035, 00000444

Jesse Carter Knight was born on 12 July 1831 in Lowdnes Co, GA the son of William Cone Knight and Rachel Carter. Jesse married (my great-great-great Aunt) Mary A. Davis daughter of James Davis & Elizabeth Peterson. She was born on 10 January 1833 in Lowdnes Co, GA and died in Llano, Texas. Jesse enlisted as a private on 13 May 1862 in Company D. Jesse Carter died in service to the CSA in Richmond, VA on 17 December 1862, he was 31. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0035, 00000982

John R. Langdale was born on 23 May 1815. In 1834 when John was 19, he married (my second cousin four times removed) Harriet Griffin daughter of Thomas Griffin & Nancy Hall, in Lowdnes Co, GA. She was born in 1818 in Irwin Co, GA and died in Echols Co, GA in 1898. John enlisted as a private in Company C, 29th Georgia Volunteer Infantry on 22 August 1861. He was discharged by civil authority at Savannah, Ga. 18 August 1862. He next enlisted as a private in Company I, 50th Georgia on 7 October 1862 as a substitute for D. L. Sutton. John died of pneumonia in camp near Fredericksburg, Va. 2 March 1863. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0035, 00002917

Noah H. Langdale a third cousin three times removed was born in 1835, the son of John R. Langdale and Harriet Griffin. Noah married Elizabeth Burnett before 1862 in Georgia. He enlisted as a private in Company A on 4 March 1862. Noah died in service to CSA on 20 May 1862, he was 27. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0035, 00002918

Richard Lott a Great-Great-Great Uncle was born 17 April 1840 in Telfair Co, GA the son of Daniel Lott Sr. and Caty Bown. Richard married Elizabeth "Bettie" Peterson (my second cousin three times removed) daughter of Henry "Hal" Peterson & Martha "Patsy" Gaskins. Elizabeth was born in 1843. Richard served as a private in Company C. He died 20 May 1862 in service to the CSA from measles in camp the near Savannah, GA. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record are not found at this time.

Lewis W. Marshall was born in 1836 in Irwin Co, GA the son of Henry Marshall and Mariah Ingram. On 8 September 1860 when Lewis was 24, he married (my first cousin four times removed) Jane Tucker daughter of John Tucker & Hester Ann "Easter" Nobles. She was born in 1842. Lewis enlisted as a private 4 Mar 1862, in Company I. He was wounded and captured Crampton's Gap, MD 14 Sep 1862. He ever returned from war. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0038, 00002445

Archibald C. McMillan was born on 21 October 1843 in Irwin Co, GA the son of Malcolm McMillan and Rachel Sumner. In 1865 when Archibald was 21, he married (my first cousin three times removed) Abigail Griffin daughter of Daniel Benjamin Griffin & Mary Margaret Tucker, in Berrien Co, GA. She was born on 1 August 1847 in Irwin Co, GA. and died on 19 December 1899. Archibald enlisted in Company I as a private on 4 March 1862. He was captured at Harper's Farm, VA. On 6 April 1865. He was released at Point Lookout, MD 29 June 1865. He applied for Confederate Soldiers pension, 8 Sept 1911. Archibald died in Irwin Co, GA on 13 January 1916, he was 72 National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0041, 00002186

Daniel McMillan was born on 23 November 1837 in Irwin Co, GA. GA the son of Malcolm McMillan and Rachel Sumner. On 1 November 1860 when Daniel was 22, he married (my first cousin four times removed) Margaret Paulk, daughter of Thomas Paulk & Nancy Henderson, in Berrien Co, GA. She was born on 19 March 1839 in Irwin Co, GA and died in Coffee Co, Ga. on 9 November 1913. Daniel enlisted as a private in Company I on 28 August 1862. He died from wounds suffered in action in Virginia on 13 March 1863. He is buried at Farmville, VA hospital cemetery. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: Not located at this time.

John C. McMillan was born on 25 April 1810 in Camden Co, GA. the son of Daniel McMillan and Margaret Smith. On 30 March 1837 when John was 26, he married (my first cousin 4 times removed) Sarah "Sally" Paulk, daughter of Jacob Paulk Sr. & Catherine "Katie" Henderson, in Irwin Co, Ga. She was born on 28 May 1823 in Irwin Co, Ga. and died in Berrien Co, Ga. on 5 July 1899. Despite his age John enlisted in Company I, the Berrien Light Infantry in 1862. His record shows him as a 1st Lieutenant 4 March 1862. The infantry took its toll on this older Southern patriot and caused him to resigned on 23 May 1862. He still felt the call to protect Georgia and so he then enlisted as a private on 23 Nat 1863 in Company H of the 4th Georgia (Clinch’s) Cavalry. He was present on a roll for June of 1864. He surrendered at Doctorstown, GA in 1865. John died in Berrien Co, Ga. on 15 November 1887, he was 77. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0041, 00002215

Randall McMillan was born on 7 March 1842 in Irwin Co, GA the son of Malcolm McMillan and Rachel Sumner. On 10 December 1868 when Randall was 26, he married (my first cousin three times removed ) Elizabeth Purvis, daughter of Needham L. Purvis & Elender "Katie" Tucker, in Berrien Co, GA. She was born on 3 December 1843 in Irwin Co, GA. and died on 26 February 1927. Randall enlisted on 4 March 1862 in Company I and was later wounded at Crampton's Cap, MD 14 September 1862. Pension records show he was furloughed for 60 days 2 June 1864 and was at home on detail duty at the close of war. Randall died on 26 October 1914, he was 72. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0041, 00002228

Saul Mercer was born in 1815. He married (my second cousin four times removed) Martha Flowers. She was born about 1826 and died in 1866. Saul served as a member of Company H. He was wounded al Cedar Creek, VA 19 October 1864 and surrendered at Appomattox, VA 9 April 1865. Saul died in 1889, he was 74. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0042, 00000614

Francis L. Mobley Jr. was born in 1836 the son of Rev. George Griffin Mobley and Mary Grantham. About 1856 when Francis was 20, he married (my first cousin four times removed) Rhoda Gaskins, daughter of Harmon Gaskins & Malissa Rowland Rouse. She was born on 17 January 1837 in Lowdnes Co, GA. Francis enlisted in Company I on 4 March 1862. He was elected 2nd Lieutenant on 17 June 1862, and died from wounds in battle in hospital at Winchester, VA. 9 Oct 1862. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record 000226, 0043, 00000811

Samuel Perry Nettles was born on 27 April 1829 in SC the son of John R. Nettles. In 1851 when Samuel was 21, he married (my first cousin four times removed) Elizabeth Davis, daughter of Stafford Davis & Penelope "Penny" Lott, in Coffee Co, GA. She was born on 27 May 1831 in Montgomery Co, GA and died in Coffee Co, GA in 1908. Samuel joined Company C as a private 4 March 1862. He was discharged due to a disability 1 July 1862. Samuel died in Coffee Co, GA on 11 March 1903, he was 73. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0045, 00001211

Ethelred Newbern a first cousin five times removed was born in 1844 the son of Dryden Newbern and Elizabeth "Betsy" Sirmans. Etheldred married Weathy Corbitt. He joined as a private Company I on 4 March 1862. The roll for 28 February 1865 shows him present. Records show he was received by Provost Marshal General, Washington, D. C., 7 March 1865 , where he took oath of allegiance to U. S. Government and was furnished transportation to Newville, PA. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0045, 00001406

William George Newton a fourth cousin two times removed was born on 13 December 1842 the son of James Newton and Jemina Alderman. William joined Company K and died on 29 November 1863 in service to the CSA from wounds received in battle he was 20. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0045, 00001899

James Marion Pafford was born in 1833 the son of James Pafford. James married (my third cousin four times removed) Nancy Roberts, daughter of John Tomlinson Roberts & Candacy Tomlinson. She was born on 3 June 1835 in Hamilton Co, GA and died on 23 March 1874. James became a private in Company G on 5 May 1862. He is listed as absent without leave October 1864. James died in Clinch Co, GA in 1891, he was 58. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0046, 00003159

Absalom J. Parrish a fourth cousin two times removed was born on 26 November 1845 the son of Josiah Parrish and Mary M. Sutton. On 10 December 1864 when Absalom was 19, he married Jane Ellen Sineath. Absalom joined Company I as a private on 22 August 1862. He was appointed 3d Sergeant 1 April 1864. The roll for 28 February 1865 shows him absent, sick. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0047, 00001020

Mathew A. Parrish was born on 17 February 1829 in Lowdnes Co, GA the son of Henry Parrish and Nancy Williams. In 1848 when Mathew was 18, he married (my first cousin four times removed) Sarah Giddens, daughter of Isbin Giddens & Keziah Knight. She was born on 2 October 1828 in Lowdnes Co, GA and died in Berrien Co, GA on 2 August 1918. Mathew enlisted in Company I as a private 4 March 1862. He became ill and was sent home. Mathew died of typhoid pneumonia in Berrien County, GA 21 October 1862 and is buried there. CSA National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0047, 00001087

Daniel C. Paulk, a first cousin 4 times removed was born on 20 June 1837 in Irwin Co, GA the son of Thomas Paulk and Nancy Henderson. In 1860 when Daniel was 22, he married Margaret Gaskins, daughter of William Gaskinis & Jane McMillan, in Berrien Co, Ga. She was born in 1835 in Lowndes, Co Ga. and died on 24 September 1900. Daniel enlisted in Company I, (some records show his middle initial as a "K"). He contracted measles and died in Winchester, VA on 2 November 1862, he was 25. He is buried in the CSA Soldiers Cemetery there in grave #895, National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0047, 00002249

Elijah Eli Paulk, a first cousin 4 times removed was born on 29 March 1843 in Irwin Co, GA the son of Thomas Paulk and Nancy Henderson. On 27 November 1866 when Elijah was 23, he married Rebecca Lott, (my first cousin three times removed), daughter of Joel Lott & Obedience "Beady" Vickers, in Irwin Co, GA. She was born on 23 February 1849 in Irwin Co, GA. and died in Atkinson Co, GA on 4 November 1924. Elijah served as a Sergeant in Company I. Enlisted 28 August 1862, in April 1865 just prior to the surrender, he was assigned to the ambulance corps on account of rheumatism in his knee. 1920 he received a Confederate pension. Elijah was Ordinary of Coffee County for 2 terms 1881-1889. Elijah Eli died in Atkinson Co, GA on 10 March 1928, he was 84. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0047, 00002250

Henry L. Paulk, a first cousin, four times removed was born 19 February 1831 in Coffee Co GA the son of Thomas Paulk and Nancy Henderson. Henry married in 1853 Mary Gaskins, born 11 June 1835 in Lowndes Co, GA and died 12 September 1913 in Atkinson Co, GA. She was the was the daughter of William Gaskins and Jane McMillan. He enlisted in Company I as a private on 27 August 1861. Henry died in of snakebite on 14 May 1876 on his home place in present day Atkinson Co., GA. on 14 May 1876, he was 45.National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0047, 00002255

Andrew J. Purvis a second cousin four times removed was born in 1843 the son of Jacob Young Purvis and Charity M. McClelland. Andrew was a member of Company I and died in service to the CSA at Sharpsburg, VA on 18 September 1862, he was 19. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0049, 00003681

John Thomas Register was born in 1845 in Colquitt Co, GA. On 20 February 1868 when John was 23, he married (my second cousin three times removed) Nancy Tucker daughter of George W. Tucker & Eliza Telitha Watson, in Colquitt Co, GA. She was born on 25 August 1844 and died on 22 February 1920. John enlisted in Company G, private 1 May 1862. He was appointed 3d Corporal February 1864. John was wounded in neck and captured at Amelia Court House, VA 6 April 1865. He was released at Point Lookout, MD 17 June 1865. John died in Colquitt Co, GA on 15 December 1915, he was 70. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0050, 00003594

Daniel Roberts a second cousin three times removed was born in 1841 in Irwin Co, GA the son of Joel Roberts and Sarah Youngblood. He enlisted in Company C as a private 4 March 1862. Records show him absent without leave 10 August 1864 –28 February 1865. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0052, 00000333

Isham Roberts a third cousin four times removed was born on 7 November 1837 in Ware Co, GA the son of John Tomlinson Roberts and Candacy Tomlinson. On 14 December 1865 when Isham was 28, he married Charity Griffis, daughter of Juniper Griffis & Lavina Sears, born on 24 March 1848 in Ware Co, GA. Isham joined Company G as a private on 4 March 1862. He was appointed 4th Corporal February 1864. Isham was captured at Cedar Creek, VA 19 October 1864 and released at Point Lookout, MD 17 June 1865. Isham died in Clinch Co, GA in 1917, he was 79. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0052, 00000449

John Roberts a third cousin four times removed was born in 1834 in Ware Co, GA. the son of John Tomlinson Roberts and Candacy Tomlinson. On 1 March 1853 when John was 19, he married Luraney Griffis, daughter of Juniper Griffis & Lavina Sears, born on 9 February 1834 in Ware Co, GA. John enlisted in Company G on 27 April 1862. He died in Crampton's Gap, MD, on 14 September 1862, he was 28. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0052, 00000594

Mark Roberts a third cousin four times removed was. Born in 1844 in Ware Co, GA the son of John Tomlinson Roberts and Candacy Tomlinson. Mark joined Company G as a private on 27 April 1862. He was captured at Cedar Creek, VA 19 October 1864 and died as a POW before the end of the war. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0052, 00000704

Moses Roberts a third cousin four times removed was born in 1830 in Ware Co, GA the son of John Tomlinson Roberts and Candacy Tomlinson. Moses married Rhoda Griffis, daughter of Juniper Griffis & Lavina Sears, born in 1837. Moses enlisted in Company G on 4 March 1862. He was wounded at Crampton's Gap, MD 14 September 1862. Moses was furloughed home for 30 days on 3 October 1862. Moses later died from wounds sustained at the battle of Boonesboro, MD on 17 September 1862, he was 32. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0052, 00000715

William T. Roberts a third cousin four times removed was born in 1839 in Ware Co, GA the son of John Tomlinson Roberts and Candacy Tomlinson. William became a member of Company G as a 4th Corporal 4 March 1862. He was wounded at Crampton's Gap, MD 14 September 1862. He was later elected 2d Lieutenant. William died in service to the CSA on 14 May 1864, he was 25. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0052, 00000937

Lewis Sirmans a second cousin four times removed was born about 1840 the son of David J. Sirmans and Eliza Wilkerson. Lewis married Rachel Lightsey, daughter of Jacob Lightsey, & Christina Rice, born on 24 October 1840. Lewis joined company G and died in service to the CSA before 1865. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: not found at this time.

Lyman A. Sirmans a first cousin five times removed was born in 1838 the son of Benjamin Sirmans and Martha Johnson. In 1861 when Lyman was 23, he married Mollie Griffin, daughter of William W. Griffin & Ann Veal. Lyman enlisted in Company G as a private 27 April 1862. He was listed as missing in battles around Crampton's Gap, MD 14 September 1862. He was never seen again. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: not found at this time.

Stafford Thigpen a second cousin three times removed was born in 1844 in Ware Co, GA the son of Travis T. Thigpen and Mary Davis. Stafford enlisted in Company G on 9 May 1862. He was missing in action following the battle of Crampton's Gap, MD, listed as dead on 14 September 1862, he was 18. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0060, 00000623

Enoch Tomlinson, a second cousin five times removed was born in 1833 the son of Moses Tomlinson and Charlotte Monk. Enoch married Jemina R. Giddens, daughter of Duncan Giddens & Civility Mathis who was born in 1835. Enoch enlisted in Company G as a private 27 April 1862. He was appointed 3d Corporal 1 January 1863 and 3d Sergeant July 1863. He was paroled in 1865. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0061, 00000338

Joseph Tomlinson, a second cousin five times removed was born in 1839 in Lowdnes Co, GA the son of Moses Tomlinson and Charlotte Monk. Joseph was married, but the wife’s name is unknown at this time. He enlisted as a private in Company G on 27 April 1862. He was appointed Corporal then elected 2d Lieutenant and finally 1st Lieutenant by 30 June 1864 Joseph died before 1865 in service to the CSA, he was 26. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0061, 00000364

Harris Tomlinson a third cousin four times removed was born on 8 December 1828 the son of John Tomlinson and Zilphia Register. Harris married Martha Stalvey, daughter of Benjamin Stalvey. He enlisted in Company G as a private 4 March 1862. Pension records show he was on sick furlough for 30 days 10 March 1865. Harris died in Clinch Co, GA on 4 May 1899, he was 70. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record:000226, 0061, 00000344

Needham Tomlinson a second cousin five times removed was born in 1837 in Lowdnes Co, GA the son of Moses Tomlinson and Charlotte Monk. Needham was a 2nd Corporal in Company G. He died in Service to CSA before 1865. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record:000226, 0061, 00000369

Thomas Tomlinson a second cousin five times removed was born on 26 June 1828 in Lowdnes Co, GA the son of Moses Tomlinson and Charlotte Monk. In 1852 when Thomas was 23, he first married Mary Sirmans, (my first cousin five times removed), daughter of Joseph Sirmans & Rebecca Smith. She was born on 11 September 1830 and died on 9 January 1887. On 29 December 1887 when Thomas was 59, he second married Harty Sirmans (my first cousin five times removed), daughter of Joseph Sirman s& Rebecca Smith. She was born on 29 January 1833 in Lowdnes Co, GA. and died in Clinch Co, GA on 20 October 1896. Thomas enlisted in Company G 4 March 1862. He was wounded in battle, but the date and place was not given. He was paroled in 1865. Thomas died in Clinch Co, GA on 14 August 1897, he was 69. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0061, 00000378.

Elijah Tucker, a first cousin 4 times removed was born on 8 March 1830 in Irwin Co, GA the son of John Tucker and Hester Ann Nobles On 17 December 1857 when Elijah was 27, he married Rebecca Paulk (my first cousin four times removed), daughter of Thomas Paulk & Nancy Henderson in Berrien Co, Ga. She was born on 7 October 1834 in Irwin Co, GA. and died in Coffee Co, Ga. in 1928. Elijah enlisted as a private in Company I on 4 March 1862. He also spent time in service with Company G of the 4th Georgia (Clinch’s) Cavalry. Pension records show he surrendered at Appomattox, Va. April 9,1865. Elijah died in Coffee Co, Ga. on 2 January 1916, he was 85. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0061, 00001740

Henry Sapp Tucker a first cousin four times removed was born in 1840 the son of Henry Crawford Tucker Jr. and Nancy Sapp. Henry married Abigail (last name unknown at this time). Henry served as at Sergeant in Company H enlisting in 4 March 1862 he died of disease in Savannah, GA on 28 June 1862, he was 22. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0061, 00001769

John C. Tucker, a first cousin four times removed was born on 24 March 1833 in Thomas Co, GA the son of Henry Crawford Tucker Jr. and Nancy Sapp. John married Susan A. STEVENSON who was born in 1835 in Raleigh, NC and died in 1917 in Colquitt Co, Ga. He served as a Lieutenant in Company H. He enlisted 4 March 1862, but resigned due to a disability 18 June 1862. He later enlisted in Company C, 11th Regiment Georgia State Guards Cavalry and served as an Ensign. John served as a State Representative from 1873-74, 1882-83. John died in Colquitt Co, GA on 27 October 1919, he was 86. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0061, 00001806 and 000226, 0061, 00001803

John W. Tucker a first cousin four times removed was born in 1841 the son of Elisha Tucker and Zilpha Williams. John first enlisted as a private in Company D, 2d Regiment, 1st Brigade, Georgia State Troops on 12 October 1861. He was mustered out in April 1862. He next enlisted as a private in Company E, 50th GA Infantry on 22 August 1862. He was appointed 3d Corporal 6 August 1864. John was captured at Saylor's Creek, VA 6 April 1865. He was released at Point Lookout, MD 20 June 1865.

Richard M. Tucker a first cousin 4 times removed was born on 7 June 1837 in Thomas Co, GA the son of Henry Crawford Tucker Jr. and Nancy Sapp. Richard married Civility America Hancock, daughter of Jeremiah Hancock & Ellen Griner. She was born in 1844 and died in 1909. Richard served as private in Company H. He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. This was a serious wound sustained to the left foot which left him permanently disabled. Richard died on 9 May 1913, he was 75. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0061, 00001878

Elijah Vickers a first cousin four times removed was born on 11 January 1842 in Irwin Co, GA the son of Eli S. Vickers and Rebecca Paulk. On 24 November 1859 when Elijah was 17, he married Hester Ann Sutton, (my fourth cousin two times removed) daughter of John Abner Sutton & Hester E.M. Harper. She was born in 1844. Elijah enlisted as a private in Company I on 4 March 1862. He was later discharged, furnished Levi Herring as substitute on February 27, 1863. Elijah died on 4 March 1902, he was 60. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0062, 00001036

John Vickers a third cousin three times removed was born in 1846 the son of Henry Vickers and Malinda Bradford. John joined Company D on 4 March 1862. He was killed at battles around Crampton’s Gap MD on 14 September 1862, he was 16. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0062, 00001042

Calvin E. Ward a second cousin three times removed was born on 1 February 1844 the son of Sarah Davis and Jackson Ward. He enlisted as a private 9 May 1862. He died of pneumonia in General Hospital #1, at Danville, VA on 1 March 1863, he was 19. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0063, 00000466

John E. Ward a second cousin three times removed was born on 1 May 1840 the son of Sarah Davis and Jackson Ward. John enlisted as a private in Company C on 9 May 1862. He was wounded in the right arm at Chancellorsville, VA 3 May 1863, which caused him to be permanently disabled. The roll from 29 February to 31 August 1864 , shows he was "Retired." John E. died on 16 April 1915, he was 74. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0063, 00000613

Stafford G. Ward a second cousin three times removed was born 30 October 1842 in Telfair Co, GA the son of Sarah Davis and Jackson Ward. He enlisted in Company C as a Private, 9 May 1862. Roll for Sep-Oct 1864 shows him "absent-sick" Roll for Feb 28, 1865 (last on record) shows him absent without leave since 15 October 1864. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0063, 00000693

James Bryant Wilcox, a first cousin four times removed James Bryant, was born about 1830, the son of James Wilcox and Penelope Quinn. James joined Company E on 4 March 1862. The roll for 28 February 1865, last on file, shows him present. James Bryant died in March 1873, he was 43. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0065, 00000155

Thomas Jefferson Young, a second cousin three times removed was born in 1833 in Irwin Co, GA the son of Jacob C. Young and Laney Elizabeth Marchant. On 19 February 1852 when Thomas was 19, he married Martha Sumner, daughter of Joseph Sumner III & Mehala Smith, who was born about 1830. Thomas first enlisted in Company E 4 March 1862. He was appointed 4th Sergeant 24 April 1862. He was later discharged as he furnished Adolph Lebrette as substitute, 1 July 1862. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0067, 00002176

 

REGIMENTAL INITIAL MILITARY ASSIGNMENT

The 50th Georgia Volunteer Infantry was organized in the late spring of 1862 at Savannah. Most of the 50th Georgia regiment’s ranks were filled with men from the South Georgia area. The regiment participated in more than 45 engagements during the war. The original commander was Colonel William R. Manning. The 50th Georgia regiment began as part of the Military Organization, Department of Georgia, Confederate States of America on 30 April 1862 under the following command structure: Major General J.C. Pemberton Commander of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Brigadier General Alexander Lawton Commander of Georgia, assigned to Brigadier General Hugh W. Mercer 2nd Brigade. In this Brigade along with the 50th Georgia Volunteers were the 1st, 13th, 25th, 26th, 29th, Georgia Infantries, 3rd Georgia Cavalry, 8th and 11th Georgia Battalions, Savannah Guards, Chatham Light Horsemen, Effingham Hussars, Hardwich Mounted Rifles, Georgia Artillery Company D, and Stanton Hill Artillery. (OR I-12, pg 487) In June and July the Brigade continued to add regiments. (OR I-12, pg 576, 592)

REGIMENTAL OFFICERS

Colonel William R. Manning (serving from 22 March 1862- 31 July 1863), who commanded the 50th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Confederate Army, was born in Georgia in 1817, the son of Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Manning, US Army and Martha Ashley Manning. He was married 27 January 1853, in Telfair (now Coffee) County, to his first cousin, Virginia E. Ashley, born 1830 in Telfair County, daughter of Nathaniel Ashley. The had eight children: Laurence, Nathaniel Ashley, Cornelius Ashley, Mary Martha, Caroline, Virginia,William. R. Jr., and John A. Colonel Manning served as Colonel of the 58th Regiment of Georgia militia from 1846-1852. He was Justice of Peace for the 437th district of Telfair (now Coffee) county during 1843-1845. When the War Between the States broke out he took a leading part in organizing the first company of men from Coffee County. Early in 1862 when the 50th Georgia Volunteer Regiment was raised in "Wiregrass Georgia", he became its commanding officer, and served through the war with the rank of Colonel. Colonel Manning was a large land-owner and slave-holder in Coffee County (into which he was cut out of Telfair in 1854) until 1861 when he sold out and moved to Lowndes County and bought lands near Valdosta. His first purchase there was lot of land 153, 11th district, through which the railroad ran just east of Valdosta. He next bought lot 170, 11th District and later bought about 600 acres more, adjoining, from other parties. The close of the war left Colonel Manning in very straitened circumstances due to the loss of his slaves and to accumulated debts. He died in the midst of his financial worries, in October 1871. A homestead saved his home-place for the widow and children, it being the north half of lot 153. The widow Manning died there in 1880. She and her husband are buried in the Ashley-Manning lot in Sunset Cemetery, Valdosta, Georgia. (The information about Colonel Manning was found in "The Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia", by Folks Huxford, Volume IV, page 191.)

Colonel Peter Alexander Selkirk McGlashan (served 31 July 1863 through the end of war). Colonel McGlashan was captured at Sayler's Creek, Virginia, 6 April 1865. He was later released from prison at Johnson's Island, Ohio, 25 July 1865.

Lieutenant Colonels: Francis Kearse (served 22 March 1862-2 July 1863, Kearse was killed in action near the Rose Farm Buildings a few hundred yards west the Wheatfield at Gettysburg). William O. Flemming (served 31 July 1863- 22 December 1863). Flemming served as a Major from 24 February 1863 until his promotion on 31 July 1863 and also served as for a time as a Captain. Pliny Sheffield (22 December 1863-28 November 1864.) Sheffield served as a Major from 31 July 1863 until his promotion in December 1863. Sheffield was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness. The wound required amputation of the right arm on 6 May 1864. He was a former Captain.

Majors: Phillip Coleman Pendleton (22 March- 8 October 1862, former Captain), Duncan Curry (8 October 1862-24 February 1863, former Captain), John M. Spence (21 December 1863- 14 February 1865, former Captain) D. Curm,

Captains: John T. Wilson, P.B. Bedford, James T. Bevill, Cicero H. Young, John B. Osteen, Jesse M. Wells, E.C. Morgan.

Other officers noted with regimental level assignments and service dates are: James M. Flemming (22 March 1862- 23 March 1863), James P. Graves, adjutant (23 March-17 September 1863), R. T. Roberts (17 September- November, 1863), A. McGlashan (12 April-19 October 1864) He was captured at Cedar Creek, and later released at Fort Delaware in June 1865)

COMPANY ORGANIZATION

The 50th Georgia Volunteer Infantry regiment was organized into the following companies:

Company A- The Satillia Rangers; men from Pierce County (Captain Wilson)

Company B- Ware Volunteers; men from Ware County (Captains Bedford & Pendleton)

Company C- Coffee Guards; men from Coffee County (Captain Spence)

Company D- Valdasta Guards; men from Lowndes County (Captain Bevill)

Company E- Thomas County Rangers; men from Thomas County (Captain Young)

Company F- Decatur Infantry; men from Decatur County (Captains Curry, Flemming & Reeves)

Company G- Clinch Volunteers; men from Clinch County (Captain Osteen)

Company H- Colquitt Marksmen; men from Colquitt County (Captain Wells)

Company I- Berrien Light Infantry; men from Berrien County (Captains Morgan & Townsend)

Company K- Brooks Volunteers; men from Brooks and Fayette County (Captains Sheffield & McCall.)

SAVANNAH DEFENSES

Upon being mustered into Confederate service the regiment was assigned to duty in Georgia, serving in Savannah defenses. Before the 5Oth Georgia regiment was sent to Savannah it was drilled at Camp Davis, which was located outside of Guyton, Georgia. Some of the companies began arriving at Camp Davis on 17 March 1862. On 20 March 1862 the regiment was brigaded along with the 48th, 49th, and 51st Georgia Volunteer Infantry regiments. On the 21 March 1862 the 50th Georgia men were examined by a medical board and on the 22 March 1862 they held elections for field officers. The 50th Georgia Infantry was not found in the opposing forces at the Seven Days Battles in June 1862. They may have arrived too late to be in the fight or were held in deep reserve.

17 July 1862 Major General JC Pemberton ordered Colonel Manning and the men of the 50th Georgia Volunteers from Savannah to Richmond to join forces with Commanding General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. (OR I-11-1, pg 644)

CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO THE PENINSULAR CAMPAIGN, VIRGINIA, FROM MARCH 17 TO SEPTEMBER 2, 1862. CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.--#11 CHARLESTON, S. C., July 17, 1862. Brigadier-General DRAYTON, Hardeeville, S.C.: You will proceed at once to Richmond, Va., in command of Phillips' Legion; Slaughter's Fifty-first Georgia Regiment, from Charleston; Manning's Fiftieth Georgia Regiment, from Savannah; De Saussure's Fifteenth Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, from Charleston; James' Third Battalion South Carolina Infantry, from Summerville. Phillips' Legion and Manning's regiment will go by Augusta. . C. PEMBERTON, Major-General, Commanding. (O.R..-- SERIES I—VOLUME 14)

When the 50th Georgia Volunteers arrived in Richmond they were assigned to the Army of Northern Virginia under command of Robert E. Lee from 28 August to 1 September 1862. Further organization found them under the command of General James Longstreet 1st Corps, Major General David R. Jones Division, Brigadier General Thomas F. Drayton's Brigade. At this time Drayton's Brigade was made up of the 50th Georgia Volunteers and 51st Georgia, 15th South Carolina, 3rd South Carolina Battalion and Phillips Legion. (OR I, 11-2, pg 546) The brigade and men of the 50th Georgia regiment were in the first Maryland campaign, serving at the Second Battle of Manassas on 30 August 1862. While Colonel Manning is listed in some accounts as commanding the 50th Georgia at this time, one report from the Maryland Campaign has Lieutenant Colonel F. Kearse listed in command (OR I-19, pg 804). The surgeon's report of August 1862 lists 9 wounded men from the 50th Georgia Volunteers from action seen at second Manassas. (OR I, 11-2, pg 560)

The 50th Georgia Volunteers were next in battles near Boonesborough, MD or more precisely Fox’s Gap at South Mountain on 14 September 1862.  They are often listed as wounded, captured, or died at Boonesborough, Crampton's Gap, but more accurately it appears Fox's Gap should be the location for the regiment.   Later  they fought at Sharpsburg-Antietam 16-17 September 1862, and Sheperdstown Ford. Surgeons reported casualties from these battles of 29 killed and 97 wounded from the 50th Georgia regiment. (OR I, 19, pg 811)

BOONESBOROUGH

The 50th Georgia with Drayton’s brigade, passed through Boonesborough, a small town at the western base of South Mountain, around noon on 14 Sept 1862 on their way up the mountain to Turners Gap. When they arrived there, they were quickly redirected one mile to the south to Fox's Gap where a vicious action had been fought that morning between Samuel Garland's Brigade and Reno's Union IX Corps, the "Kanawha Division". General D.H. Hill now directed the four brigades of Generals Drayton, G. T. Anderson, Ripley and G.B. Anderson to align from east to west on the Old Sharpsburg Road which passes through Fox's Gap. Once in position they were order to perform a left wheel driving the Yankees from the fields and woods south of the gap and down the east side of the mountain. Drayton's Brigade was to set up in the gap and serve as the hinge on which all four brigades would swing in the left wheel. Brigadier General Roswell Ripley was directed to command this operation. His brigade and those of the two Andersons moved too far down the Old Sharpsburg Road on the west side of the mountain and lost contact with Drayton's men. When General G.T. Anderson heard firing to his left indicating an assault on the 50th Georgia and the rest of the Drayton’s brigade, he attempted to reestablish contact with Drayton's right, but found Union troops in between the Confederate positions. General G.B. Anderson's brigade later moved back up to the far south of the mountain and attacked. His brigade suffered heavy losses, but this action was far too late to help Drayton men. General Ripley's brigade had moved completely off the mountain never firing a shot. This left Drayton's brigade alone at the gap. General Drayton ordered the 50th and 51st Georgia Infantry regiments to take position at the Old Sharpsburg Road on the east side of the mountain. He also ordered the advance of Phillip’s Legion and 3rd South Carolina battalion into a four acre field south of the gap. The 50th and 51st Georgia quickly began taking oblique fire from their left front from Federals posted at the edge of the woods behind a stone and rail fence. The Federal Generals ordered the 900 man infantry regiment of the 17th Michigan uphill behind and left of the 50th and 51st Georgia. The 51st Georgia position was hit with intensive fighting. Meanwhile out in the field Phillips Legion and 3rd South Carolina battalion had advanced to the woods bordering the field. As they began to penetrate these woods they quickly found themselves surrounded and had to fight their way out. The 17th Michigan with its overwhelming numbers routed the 50th and 51st Georgia out of their positions on the Old Sharpsburg Road bordering the north of the field and opened up on the 3rd South Carolina from that direction causing severe casualties.

The following extract comes from a newspaper article found in the M.J. Solomon scrapbook at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The Solomons lived in Savannah during the war and owned an apothecary. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings from the first year and a half of the war. The article was written by Lieutenant William O. Fleming, Company F, 50th Georgia Volunteer Infantry The part discussing their action at South Mountain on 14 September 1862

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