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History of the Blue Ridge Rifles 
see also: Phillips Georgia Legion-Infantry Battalion

The Mountain Signal (June 1861)

In June of 1861, a small group of boys from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia formed a volunteer corps of soldiers formally known as Company E, Phillip's Legion Georgia Infantry. To North Georgians, the group was far better known as the "Blue Ridge Rifles."
The Dahlonega newspaper ,The Mountain Signal, described them as a company numbering about eighty and made up of the best citizens:"No company from the state is better qualified for destructiveness, as they have been from their earliest boyhood used to the rifle and shut one eye when they shoot, and everytime they pull the trigger a man will fall."
One of these boys was 3rd Lieut. Jesse Marion McDonald,who was promoted to Captain on June 29, 1864, of the Blue Ridge Rifles. McDonald wrote throughout the war to his sweetheart back in Dahlonega, Sarah Ann Thomas. His grandaughter Marion Boatfield of Dahlonega, still has many of these letters.
By the time of the 1862 Maryland Campaign, they had nothing to eat but apples and green corn, and like most of the Confederate army their clothes were tattered and many of them had no shoes, leading the soldiers to jokingly refer to their time in the state as the "Green Corn Campaign."
In September of 1862, General Robert E. Lee moved the Southern army into Maryland hoping to gain new recruits and fresh supplies on the way north. Lee split his army into three groups to get at 12,000 Union troops at Harper's Ferry. Lee did not know that General George McClellan's Union army was right behind him. During this campaign, the Blue Ridge Rifles (aka Company E, Phillips Legion Infantry Battalion) were a part of Thomas Drayton's Brigade, D R Jones Division of Longstreet's Corps.
On September 14, the Blue Ridge Rifles were in camp at Hagerstown, Md when the call came to fall in and march south to help D H Hill block the South Mountain Passes at Turner's and Fox's Gaps. These gaps, located just above the small hamlet of Boonsboro, Md were under attack by two full Federal Corps (Reno's IX Corps and Hooker's I Corps) and failure to hold them would permit McClellan to split Lee's Army in two.
After a forced march of about 12 miles, the Blue Ridge Rifles arrived with their unit at Turner's Gap around noon and were personally escorted one mile south to Fox's Gap by General D H Hill who hoped to use them to stem the effects of the Federal's rout of Garland's North Carolina Brigade there earlier that morning. Shortly after arriving at Fox's Gap the Federal's launched a massive assault on the gap. There was little time to set up a line of defense, and they (Drayton's Brigade) were forced to retreat behind the mountain.
During the night, the Confederates anxiously awaited a Union attack because they were too few in number to defend their postion.On the morning of the 15th after a tense night, the Union soldiers prepared to attack again when they heard cheers rolling up the valley from Harper's Ferry. A Union soldier jumped on a wall and yelled, "Hey, Johnny Reb, What's the cheering for?" A Confederate soldier replied, "Harper's Ferry has surrendered!" The Union army did not attack again that day. Shaken and exhausted with many of their company captured or killed, (Drayton's Brigade lost 622 men killed, wounded and captured in this fight, seven of these were from the Rifles) the Blue Ridge Rifles bivouacked the night of the 16th south of Sharpsburg, where General Lee regrouped his army.
On the morning of the 17th, Confederate forces were spread in a semi-circle along the east side of the Potomac River. The battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) started before 6 AM with the mist still rising off the ground. After a vicious battle, the entire Southern army recrossed the Potomac River back into Virginia to recover.
A letter dated Nov. 12 from Culpepper, Viirginia, written by Private A.J. Reese of the Blue Ridge Rifles, said, "The too (sic) Blackwell boys are with us and James Robberts. They were taken prisoners at South Mountain, Marylan, and was not killed as we thought they was."
In 1864, the Blue Ridge Rifles would have ended their enlistment period, but chose not to disband and re-enlisted for the duration of the war. In 1866, Captain Jesse Marion McDonald married Sarah Ann Thomas and bought the Thomas farm, located behind the Consolidated Gold Mine. Today the property belongs to their great-grandson Robert McDonald, who still farms the land. There are also many descendents of the brave men known as the Blue Ridge Rifles still living in Lumpkin, County.

Capt. McDonald is the grandfather of Blanche McDonald Crowe

Source: The Dahlonega Nugget, Dahlonega, Georgia. June 26, 1997, "The
Blue Ridge Rifles of 1861 and the Maryland Campaign"
Edited for clarity and accuracy by Kurt Graham -

Abraham Anderson - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 14 in 1860 Lumpkin County census, Honorably discharged 8/9/1861, Son of William and Margaret Anderson 

John P Austin - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Honorably discharged 8/9/1861, buried at Old Concord Cemetery in Henry County, Ga

2nd Lt William H Barber - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 31, 1st Lt 12/13/1862, Captain 1/26/1863, Resigned 6/29/1864, Buried Mt Hope Cemetery, Dahlonega, Ga

James K Bates - Enlisted 4/12/1864, Captured at Gaines Farm (Cold Harbor) 6/1/1864, Imprisoned Point Lookout prison until transferred to Elmira, NY prison 7/12/1864, Released 7/7/1865, Age 62 in 1911 per Georgia pension application 

Jasper M T Bates - Enlisted 8/7/1861, Age 19, WIA at Fredericksburg, Va 12/13/1862, Arm amputated and sent home disabled 1/25/1863, Died 9/12/1914 in Cobb County 

Newton L Bates - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 20, Captured at Gaines Farm (Cold Harbor) 6/1/1864, Imprisoned at Point Lookout prison until transferred to Elmira, NY prison 7/12/1864, Released 7/7/1865, Applied for a veterans pension in Alabama, Married in 1885 to Laura Catherine Herring, Died 8/14/1914

Andrew Jackson Blackwell - Enlisted 3/12/1863, Born 2/22/1844, Shows "present" on August 1864 roll dated 1/30/1865, No further military record although a descendant provides the information that he survived the war and died in Texas 12/25/1919, Brother of James and Jesse Blackwell, Son of Jeddiah and Nancy Blackwell

James Madison Blackwell - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Born 10/22/1840, Captured at Fox's Gap, Md 9/14/1862, Exchanged 10/2/1862, WIA at Fredericksburg 12/13/1862, October 1863 roll states "deserted 11/8/1863 near Cleveland, Tn" BUT is back on the March/April 1864 roll (dated 10/5/1864) with the notation "WIA at Hanover Junction (Va) 5/27/1864", Received clothing 11/5/1864, No further military record although a descendant provides the information that he survived the war and lived until his death in Oklahoma 4/11/1908, Brother of Jesse and Andrew Blackwell, Son of Jeddiah and Nancy Blackwell 

Jesse Green Blackwell - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Born 10/2/1842, Captured at Fox's Gap, Md 9/14/1862, Exchanged 10/2/1862, Shows as 3rd Corporal on Jan/Feb 1863 roll and as 5th Sgt on Sept/Oct 1863 roll, Shows furloughed home on Mar/Apr 1864 roll dated 10/5/1864 then "AWOL" on later rolls, A descendant provides the information that he survived the war and died in Texas 4/21/1910, Brother of James and Andrew Blackwell, Son of Jeddiah and Nancy Blackwell

1st Cpl Augustus Franklin Boyd - Enlisted 7/9/1861 as 1st Cpl, Age 17, Transferred in August 1862 to become Sgt Major of the 52nd Ga commanded by his father Col Weir Boyd, Elected Captain of Co B 52nd Ga, KIA at Bakers Creek, Miss 5/16/1863, He has a memorial marker at Mt Hope Cemetery, Dahlonega, Ga. but was buried on the battlefield 

John M Boyd - Enlisted 8/15/1861, Age 44, Discharged 3/4/1862 as overage

John D Boyt - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 31, Shows "deserted 9/16/1862" on rolls from Sept 1862 through Feb 1863, Court Martial Record ANV GO#66 dated 5/25/1863 finds him innocent of desertion but guilty of lesser charge of being AWOL, sentenced to one month at hard labor, Sept/Oct 1863 roll dated 1/14/1864 shows "deserted at Chattanooga 10/4/1863, Carried AWOL on all further rolls, No Federal desertion or POW records 

Martin Brown - Enlisted 3/4/1862, Died at Charlottesville, Va 1/7/1863 of pneumonia, His mother Elizabeth Brown filed a death claim in June 1863 stating that previous death claim filed 3/12/1863 by purported wife Rebecca Brown is false and that her son was not married

Merida (Meridith) Brown - Enlisted 3/4/1862 - Present throughout war, WIA (left side & back) by shell at Sailors Creek, Va 4/6/1865 and captured, Died Lincoln General Hospital Washington DC 4/25/1865, Buried in Arlington National Cemetery 

Terrell Brown - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 20, 2nd Cpl on Oct 1863 roll, WIA at Gaines Farm (Cold Harbor) 6/1/1864 and on wounded furlough 7/22/1864, 1906 Roster Commission Roll states that he was wounded at Cold Harbor and died from these wounds, In this case it turns out that the 1906 Roster Commission roll was incorrect since he is shown on South Carolina's 1901 roll of pensioners living in Greenville County, He was listed as a class C pensioner which indicates a veteran disabled by wounds, His disabling wound is listed as being to the right thigh 

5th Sgt James C Burt - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 18, WIA at Sharpsburg 9/17/1862, 2nd Lt 1/26/1863, Surrendered at Appomattox 4/9/1865, Age 17 in 1860 Dawson County census, Son of Reuben L and Caroline Burt

Reuben Elisha Burt - Enlisted 5/10/1864, Surrendered at Appomattox 4/9/1865 

Jesse Cain - Enlisted 9/23/1861 at Lynchburg, Va, 1906 Roster Commission Roll states "Died in W.Va 11/9/1861", Pension application filed by his widow Mary in the 1890s state that he died between 11/9/1861 and 12/20/1861 in W.Va. or Dublin, Va of measles, In this application three Co E veterans attest to his death from disease as stated in 1861 

Martin V Campbell - Enlisted 7/31/1861, Age 21, WIA (hand) 7/2/1863 at Gettysburg per casualty list in 7/20/1863 Atlanta Southern Confederacy, Captured at Cold Harbor 6/1/1864, Imprisoned at Point Lookout prison until transferred to Elmira, NY prison 7/9/1864, Federal POW records show him forwarded to James River for exchange on 3/14/1865, but a later record shows he died on 3/20/1865, Age 9 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of Robert and Catharine Campbell, Brother of William M Campbell

William M Campbell - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 17, Died 11/19/1861 on retreat from Cotton Hill in western Virginia, Cause not stated but almost certainly disease, Age 6 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of Robert and Catharine Campbell, Brother of Martin V Campbell

David J Cavender - Enlisted 3/4/1862, Died at Camp Winder Hospital Richmond 3/5/1863 of pneumonia, Buried Hollywood Cemetery at Richmond, Age 7 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of Joseph and Eliza Cavender, Brother of William Cavender 

William P Cavender - Enlisted 8/8/1861, Age 21, Captured at Knoxville 11/29/1863, Shows sent to Camp Chase prison in Ohio 12/15/1863 BUT died in US Military Hospital at Knoxville of pneumonia, Buried Knoxville City Cemetery, Age 9 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of Joseph and Eliza Cavender, Brother of David Cavender 

Daniel J Cimmermon - (See Daniel J Simmermon) 

James M Clements (Clemens) - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 20, Served reliably through entire war, Surrendered at Appomattox as Sgt J M Clemmons although this rank is not shown in his service record, Age 8 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of Benjamin and Esther Clemens, Died 8/14/1903 in Shelby County Alabama

Nathaniel V Collins - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 21, WIA (shell concussion) at Chancellorsville May 1863, WIA (hand) at Spotsylvania 5/12/1864, Shows as AWOL on all rolls thereafter, Age 10 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of Edley and Jane Collins 

Benjamin F Croft - Enlisted 8/5/1861, Age 22, WIA (lungs & left thigh) at Knoxville 11/29/1863, Captured & died at Middlebrook General Hospital 12/18/1863, Buried "in woods near shops 4 miles from Knoxville"

George Washington Croft - Enlisted 5/16/1862, Born April 1828 in South Carolina, Issued clothing 11/26/1864, No further military record but we know that he survived the war as he applied for a pension, In the application he states that he was furloughed home in January 1865 but could not return to Virginia as Sherman's Federals had blocked the route back so he joined General Wofford's Georgia Militia, Died 1/11/1908 

Henry Davis - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 23, Deserted at Fredericksburg 1/23/1863, Arrested 2/12/1863, Court Martial Record ANV GO #41 Dated 3/17/1863 finds him guilty of desertion and sentenced to branding with a "D" on left hand and hard labor for remainder of war, Shows as AWOL on Sept/Oct 1863 and Mar/Apr 1864 rolls, May/June/July/Aug 1864 rolls state "deserted at Petersburg 7/14/1864", A J Reese letter dated 7/20/1864 notes this desertion and describes Davis as a "very poor soldier", He then shows captured at Harrisonburg (in the Shenandoah Valley) on 9/25/1864, Imprisoned at Point Lookout prison until released 5/13/1865, Age 13 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of Thomas and Jemima Davis

J. Fountain Davis - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 21, Died at Ladies Relief Hospital Lynchburg 9/7/1861 of disease, Buried Lynchburg City Cemetery #6 in 2nd line lot 159 

4th Cpl John Newton Davis - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 23, 5th Sgt on Nov 1862 roll, WIA (forehead) at Fredericksburg 12/13/1862, 1st Sgt on Oct 1863 roll, WIA at Chattanooga (hip) 9/24/1863, WIA at Petersburg 6/30/1864, furloughed home 7/16/1864, Carried on later rolls as AWOL, Pension application states that he joined Johnsons regiment of Georgia Militia and surrendered at Kingston, Ga 5/12/1865, Buried Auraria Cemetery, Lumpkin County, Ga

William Davis - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 25, Deserted at Fredericksburg 2/8/1863, Arrested 2/19/1863, Court Martial Record ANV GO#55 dated 4/9/1863 finds him innocent of desertion but guilty of lesser charge of being AWOL, Sentenced to 12 months at hard labor and forfeiture of pay, KIA at Chattanooga 9/24/1863

James M Dempsey - Enlisted 7/19/1861, Age 15, WIA (back) at Fox's Gap, Md 9/14/1862, Furloughed home 10/13/1862, Feb 1863 roll notes "still gone wounded", No further military record but 1888 pension application states that half of his right shoulder blade was shot away rendering his right arm virtually useless, A doctor's certification confirms this, He further states that he was discharged from the army due to the wound, The fact that he is not shown as AWOL on rolls after Feb 1863 would indicate that this is true, Died in 1917 at Atlanta Confederate Soldier's Home, Buried at Westview Cemetery grave #320, Fulton County, Ga 

John M Dempsey - Enlisted 7/19/1861, Age 25, Deserted at Fredericksburg 2/8/1863, Arrested 2/19/1863, Court Martial Record ANV GO#55 dated 4/9/1863 finds him innocent of desertion but guilty of lesser charge of being AWOL, Sentenced to 12 months at hard labor and forfeiture of pay, Deserted at Cleveland, Tn 11/7/1863, No further record 

John H Dowdy - Enlisted 8/8/1861, Age 22, Last on Nov 1861 roll, Card for Manuscript #1966 dated 12/6/1863 simply states "died", Actual record in National Archives is a small scrap of paper requisitioning two coffins for the remains of J H Dowdy of Co E & G White of Co B Phillips Ga. Legion, Requisition appears to be signed "G C Thresher - Surgeon in Charge - Sue (or Lue) Springs Hospital", A letter written December 6th 1861 by Jesse R Duke to Dowdy's father, John M Dowdy relates that he died on December 2nd 1861 at Red Sulphur Springs Va. from consumption and pneumonia fever

Jesse Rowland Duke - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 33, Discharged for disability 5/5/1862, Born 9/9/1828, Died 3/25/1920 

William M Dyer - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 19, Deserted at Cleveland, Tn 11/8/1863 BUT later records show him captured at Elgin Creek, Tn 6/21/1864, Imprisoned at Camp Douglas prison in Chicago until he takes the Oath of Allegiance to the Union and joins Co I of the 5th US Infantry 4/15/1865, Enlistment shows him to be 22, 5' 6 & 1/2" tall with brown eyes and brown hair, Died at Fort Dodge Kansas Post Hospital on August 6th 1865 from "inflammation of the bladder", Age 8 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of Daniel and Jane Dyer

James Fields - Enlisted 7/19/1861, Age 17, MWIA (thigh) at Fredericksburg 12/13/1862, Died 12/30 or 31/1862 at Richmond GH #14, Buried at Oakwood Confederate Cemetery in Richmond 

M H Fields - Enlisted 7/19/1861, Age 24, Born 1837 in North Carolina, Captured near Knoxville 12/5/1863, Oct 1864 roll says AWOL, Later roll states "paroled not exchanged", Jan 1865 roll states "absent", No Federal POW records, Post war pension application states that he escaped from the Federals and went home 

R J Fields - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 19, WIA (hand) at Fredericksburg 12/13/1862, Deserted near Cleveland, Tn 11/?/1863, Captured at Gaines Farm (Cold Harbor) 6/1/1864, Imprisoned at Point Lookout prison until transferred to Elmira, NY prison 7/17/1864, Died at Elmira of variola 3/5/1865, Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY, grave #1969 

Champion Forest - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 28, 1906 Roster Commission Roll states "Died in Dublin, Va", The Legion was only in this area at the end of 1861 and he is not carried on rolls after 1861 so it is highly probable that he was one of the many who died of disease during the 1861 campaign in western Virginia, Age 16 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Born in SC, Son of Berry and Matilda Forrester

Cpl Hardy D Forest - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 21, Sgt Jan 1863, WIA (both thighs) at Hanover Junction (Va) 5/27/1864, Furloughed home in July 1864, Joined Findley's Regiment of the Home Guard and served out the war in Georgia

A W Gaddis - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Honorably discharged 8/5/1861 

William M Gearing (Gerrin) - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 30, WIA at Fredericksburg, Va 12/13/1862, Admitted to Farmville, Va hospital 6/12/1863 with gun shot wound to left eye (he had been at home in Georgia recuperating), Received clothing 11/20/1864, No further military record but he applied for a pension in 1887, His application states that he was hit in the corner of the left eye with a minie ball which ranged around inside his skull and lodged behind his left ear, This wound was received 12/13/1862 at Fredericksburg, A Doctor certified that the bullet is still in his head, that he is blind in his left eye and unable to work, Application also states that he surrendered at Appomattox, but he is not on the parole list, Died 6/19/1917

William F Glass - Enlisted 2/25/1863, Casualty list in 7/2/1864 Richmond Enquirer shows him as WIA between 5/6/1864 and 5/16/1864 indicating that he was wounded at Wilderness or Spotsylvania, Surrendered at Appomattox 4/9/1865, Born in 1828, Died 2/1/1897, Buried at New Harmony Church Cemetery on Cherokee/Forsyth county line 

Eli J Grizzle - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 22, Cpl in late 1862, Sgt in 1863, WIA at Knoxville 11/29/1863, Captured and sent to Camp Chase, Paroled/exchanged Feb 1865, Died 3/10/1865 at GH #9 Richmond of chronic dysentery, Buried at Oakwood Confederate Cemetery as E J Grezzetway 

James A Grizzle - Enlisted 3/4/1862, WIA at Fredericksburg, Va 12/13/1862 (right thigh), AWOL thereafter, Pension application states that he was hospitalized at Lynchburg for three months after being wounded and was then furloughed home, He goes on to state that the wound never properly healed rendering him incapable of returning to his unit during the war, Born 7/18/1844, Died 1926, Buried in Yahoola Cemetery, Lumpkin County, Ga

Marvin (Marvel) M Grizzle - Enlisted 8/8/1861, Age 23, Teamster, Deserted at Petersburg, Va 7/16/1864, A J Reese letter dated 7/20/1864 notes this desertion and describes Grizzle as "a very poor soldier", No Federal deserter or POW records, Applied for a Georgia veterans pension, Application states that he was furloughed by the quartermaster in August of 1864, joined another unit while home in Georgia and surrendered at Kingston, Ga in May 1865, Age 12 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of John and Sally Grizzle, Brother of William Grizzle 

William Grizzle - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Born 4/5/1831, Teamster, AWOL on roll dated 10/5/1864 and all rolls thereafter, He states in his pension application that he was furloughed home in February 1864 while in Tennessee. He goes on to say that he was cut off and joined Finleys regiment Co E and surrendered at Kingston, Ga in May 1865, 21 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of John and Sally Grizzle, Bother of Marvin(Marvel) Grizzle

Coatesworth C Hamilton - Served as a volunteer aide to his older brother Captain Joseph Hamilton when the Legion went north to Lynchburg in August 1861, A November 1861 letter from A F Boyd of Co E mentions that Captain Hamilton had gone home with the body of his brother, 'Coates' Hamilton. In an ironic twist of fate, fifteen year old Coatesworth Hamilton, a cadet at Georgia Military Institute who had been drilling the troops at Camp McDonald, was, at the request of his father, assigned to older brother Joe as a volunteer aide. Dr Hamilton hoped that the youngster would quickly tire of the rigors of the field and return to his studies at GMI. Unfortunately, the firestorm of disease (typhoid, measles and mumps) that swept through the Legion that fall claimed the youngster in November 

Captain Joseph E Hamilton - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Stated age as 22 but may have been only 19, WIA (left arm) at Fox's Gap, Md 9/14/1862, promoted to Major 12/18/1862, WIA (right arm) at Knoxville 11/29/1863 per A J Reese letter & January 1864 roll, Promoted to Lt Colonel commanding Legion Infantry Battalion 12/31/1863, WIA (neck) at Cold Harbor 6/3/1864, Absent on wounded furlough until January 1865, Captured 4/6/1865 at Sailors Creek and sent to Johnsons Island prison, Released 7/25/1865, Oath of allegiance shows his residence as Social Circle, Ga, Described as being 5'8" with light hair and blue eyes, Married Julia A Stokes 1/13/1864 , Became a teacher and moved to Los Angeles in 1875, Died there 6/12/1907, There is a VA marker for him at the Marietta Confederate Cemetery, Cobb County, Ga but he is actually buried at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, Ca.

Martin Helton - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 16, Present on rolls until sent to hospital in Richmond 5/17/1863 with fever, Transferred to Danville, Va hospital 6/12/1863, Furloughed home from Danville 8/20/1863, Shown on Sept/Oct 1863 roll dated 1/14/1864 as AWOL and on all rolls thereafter, Federal records show that he took the Oath of allegiance 4/16/1864 at Chattanooga but it is not clear whether he deserted or was captured, Age 14 in 1860 Cherokee county census

William H Hendrix - Enlisted 5/8/1862, MWIA (lung) at Sharpsburg, Md 9/17/1862, Died at Richmond GH #9 11/20/1862, Buried in Oakwood Confederate Cemetery Richmond as M H Henrich 

John H Holyfield - Enlisted 7/19/1861, Age 23, Deserted near Chancellorsville 5/2/1863, AWOL on later rolls, Took Oath of allegiance at Chattanooga 2/20/1864, Age 13 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Born in NC, Son of Jacob and Manimmia Holyfield

James E Howell - Enlisted 2/1/1864, Captured at Burkeville, Va 4/6/1865, Imprisoned at Point Lookout until released 6/13/1865

Cpl Andrew Jackson Hulsey - Enlisted 8/5/1861, Age 17, WIA at the Wilderness 5/6/1864, Admitted to Chimborazo hospital Richmond 5/8/1864. No record of furlough from hospital, AWOL on rolls thereafter, Oklahoma state pension office asks DC for records in 1915 which would indicate that either he or his widow was requesting a pension, Born 9/3/1844 in Dawson County Ga. to James M and Martha Hulsey, Died 10/18/1932 at Old Soldiers Home in Norman Oklahoma, Buried at Collins Cemetery, Pottawatomie County Ok, 

Rice Ross Hulsey - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 28, Died 2/5/1862 at Hardeeville, SC from disease, Born 1833 in Hall County to Burrell and Lauriette Bates Hulsey, Married 1/27/1854 to Mary Hamilton

William John Turner Hutcheson - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 21, Promoted to 3rd Cpl in early 1862, WIA (leg) 8/29/1862 at Second Manassas, Promoted to Sgt Jan 1863, WIA (thigh) at Chancellorsville May 1863, WIA (lost finger on left hand) at Spotsylvania 5/12/1864, Furloughed home 5/23/1864, Shown as AWOL on all further rolls

J W Johnson - Enlisted 9/3/1862, WIA & captured at Sailors Creek 4/6/1865 (shell fractued left tibia), No further record

Lewis W Johnson - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 20, Died 1/20/1863 at Chimborazo hospital in Richmond of pneumonia, Buried at Oakwood Confederate Cemetery

Willis Johnson - Enlisted 9/6/1862, Last entry in service record is Aug 1864 muster roll showing him "present", 1906 Roster Commission roll states "killed near Appomattox, Va April 1865", Age 5 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Born in NC, Son of Jacob and Crisa Johnson 

Anson Jones - Enlisted 3/1/1863, Roll dated 1/14/1864 shows that he deserted near Cleveland, Tn 11/7/1863, Carried as AWOL on rolls thereafter, Took Oath of Allegiance at Chattanooga and joined Co I of 12th Tennessee Federal Cavalry 2/29/1864, Enlistment shows him to be 18 years old, Discharged from US service at 10/7/1865 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Born 1844, Moved to California in 1866, Married Catherine Agnes Daugherty 7/3/1875, Died at Colfax, California 7/26/1898 

Barnabus Jones - Enlisted 6/24/1861 in Co G 18th Ga, WIA (eye) at Second Manassas, A J Reese letter dated May 1863 stated that Jones had been transferred into Co E in exchange for William A Spencer, Deserted around 9/20/1863, AWOL on rolls thereafter, Took Oath of Allegiance at Chattanooga 4/13/1864 and joined Co I of 12th Tennessee Federal Cavalry, Died at sea shortly after war enroute to California

Samuel Jones - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 21, AWOL on roll dated 1/14/1864 and all rolls thereafter, Took Oath of Allegiance at Chattanooga 3/30/1864 and joined Co I of 12th Tennessee Federal Cavalry at Nashville, Enlistment shows him to age 22 6'1&1/2" tall with blue eyes and light hair, Paid a $100 bounty, Mustered out at Fort Leavenworth Kansas 10/7/1865, Died 1918, Buried in Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery, Lumpkin County, Ga

William D Land - Enlisted 8/15/1861, Age 25, Captured 7/9/1864 while home on furlough, Died 12/25/1864 at Camp Douglas, Ill of small pox, Buried at Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois

Harrison M Lannier - No enlistment date, Not shown on any muster rolls, Only records are Federal POW records which may indicate this man was using an assumed name, Captured at Cleveland, Tn 2/14/1865 and sent to Camp Chase 3/24/1865, Entry dated 4/22/1865 states that he had enlisted in the U S Army 

Andrew H Lee - Enlisted 8/13/1861, Age 38, AWOL on roll dated 1/14/1864 and all rolls thereafter, No further military records but we know he survived the war as he applied for a veterans pension in Georgia, Application states that he went home sick in 1863 and remained too ill to return, Born 7/31/1823 in SC 

Edmund Thomas Loggins - Enlisted 3/4/1862, MWIA at Spotsylvania 5/14/1864, Died at Winder Hospital, Richmond 6/26/1864, Buried at Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery section U lot #593, Born about 1844 to Martin & Lorrey Loggins, Brother of Thomas Loggins 

Thomas Loggins - Enlisted 3/4/1862, Captured at Sailors Creek 4/6/1865 and imprisoned at Point Lookout until released 6/29/1865, Born about 1841 to Martin & Lorrey Loggins, Brother of Edmund T Loggins

Joseph Newton London - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 18, WIA (hand) at the Wilderness 5/6/1864, Furloughed from Danville hospital 7/5/1864, Shown as AWOL on all rolls thereafter, brother of Samuel London, Applied for a veterans pension in Alabama stating that he joined Ed Monson's Cavalry when furloughed home in 1864 and surrendered in May of 1865 at Kingston, Ga 

Samuel London - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 21, Died 10/4/1861 at Ladies Relief Hospital, Lynchburg, Va of disease, Buried in Lynchburg City Cemetery # 2 in 5th line lot 159, Brother of Joseph N London

Samuel Lowery (Lowry) - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 22, KIA at Fredericksburg, Va 12/13/1862 

E Frank (or Frank E) Mayes - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 17, 2nd Cpl on February 63 roll, WIA 9/24/1863 near Chattanooga, A J Reese letter dated 9/26/1863 notes that Frank Mayes was wounded "in the right thigh pretty bad" and goes on to state that "they started him off yesterday to the hospital in Atlanta", Nancy Wimpy letter to A J Reese dated 10/5/1863 says that "Dr Howard had seen Frank and thought it very doubtful about his recovery", UDC burial lists show a Cpl E Mayes Co E Phillips Legion buried in the Whelchel Family Cemetery in Lumpkin County so he probably died in Atlanta and was sent home for burial

Franklin Alexander McAfee - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 21, KIA at Beverlys Ford, Va on the Rappahannock River 8/23/1862, "Both legs torn off by shell" (per chaplain George Smith's account), Born 4/10/1840, Younger brother of William H McAfee, Age 9 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of Thomas and Eliza McAfee

William Hamilton McAfee - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 28, Transferred to 22nd Ga as 3rd Lt 10/20/1862, Age 16 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of Thomas and Eliza McAfee

Lt. Jesse M McDonald - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 21, Promoted to 2nd Lt 12/13/1862, Promoted to 1st Lt 1/26/1863, WIA (left thigh) near Chattanooga 9/24/1863, Promoted to Captain 6/29/1864, Furloughed home 1/20/1865, Declared AWOL 2/20/1865, Never returned to the company 

Alvis McManus - Enlisted 4/12/1864, Captured at Burkeville, Va 4/6/1865, Imprisoned at Point Lookout until released 6/29/1865

W C Morgan - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Honorably discharged 8/9/1861 

Hezekiah Morris - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 20, Shown as "sick at hospital" on February 1863 roll, At Liberty, Va hospital March 1863, At Lynchburg, Va hospital 7/8/1863, Shown as AWOL on all rolls after Feb 1863, Captured in Cherokee County, Ga Aug 1864, Took Oath at Louisville, Ky 8/27/1864 and sent north, Age 8 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of John and Rebecca Morris

2nd Cpl E P Morrison - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 26, 2nd Sgt on Dec 1862 roll, MWIA (abdomen) at Fredericksburg 12/13/1862, Died at Chimborazo hospital #2 Richmond, Va 12/18/1862 

A. J. Moss - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 22, Deserted near Petersburg, Va 7/14/1864, A letter written by Lt A J Reese on July 20th 1864 states "I am sorry to say that five of the boys deserted a few nights ago. Two of them were very poor soldiers; H Davis and M M Grizzle. But Moss and the two Norrises were very good soldiers", No Federal POW or deserter records 

Andrew Myers - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 27, Captured at Gettysburg 7/2/1863, At Fort McHenry 7/6/1863, Sent to Fort Delaware July 1863, In prison hospital 1/1/1864 - 3/10/1864 and again 5/24/1864 - 6/15/1864, No further military records but we know he survived the war as he applied for a veterans pension in Alabama in 1899, This application states that he was wounded in the right arm at Fredericksburg and in the right side at Gettysburg 

Alford Norris - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 22, Cited for gallantry at Gettyburg 7/2/1863, Deserted near Petersburg, Va 7/14/1864, A letter written by Lt A J Reese on July 20th 1864 states "I am sorry to say that five of the boys deserted a few nights ago. Two of them were very poor soldiers; H Davis and M M Grizzle. But Moss and the two Norrises were very good soldiers", No Federal POW or deserter records, A descendant provides info that he applied for a pension after the war in Virginia so we know that he survived the war 

Wesley Norris - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 20, WIA (thigh) at Gettysburg 7/2/1863, Deserted near Petersburg, Va 7/14/1864, A letter written by Lt A J Reese on July 20th 1864 states "I am sorry to say that five of the boys deserted a few nights ago. Two of them were very poor soldiers; H Davis and M M Grizzle. But Moss and the two Norrises were very good soldiers", No Federal POW or deserter records, A descendant provides information that he lived in Louisville, Ky after the war so we know that he survived

Gilbert F Parker - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 17, drummer, Died 10/18/1861 at Richmond Ferry, Va (W.Va) on New River of "brain congestion"

1st Lt Hardy Denton Price - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 40, MWIA (left side, hip) at Fredericksburg, Va 12/13/1862, Died 1/26/1863 at Richmond GH #4, Buried at Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery, Body removed after 1866, Posthumously promoted to company Captain effective 12/13/1862 

E B Pruitt - Conscript enlisted 9/2/1862, Captured at Gaines Farm (Cold Harbor) 6/1/1864, Imprisoned at Point Lookout until transferred to Elmira, NY prison 7/12/1864, Released from Elmira 7/7/1865

Color Cpl Robert A Quillian - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 19, Transferred to 52nd Ga 6/17/1862, Age 8 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of George F and Elizabeth Quillian

John Ray - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 23, deserted near Fredericksburg, Va 2/8/1863, Arrested and returned for court martial 2/19/1863, Court martial record ANV GO #55 shows him found innocent of desertion but guilty of a lesser charge of going AWOL, Sentenced to 12 month at hard labor and forfeiture of 12 months pay, Deserted again near Chattanooga 9/23/1863, Carried AWOL on rolls until a roll dated 1/30/1865 states, "John Ray was killed by Wheeler's scouts at home, exact time not known" 

1st Sgt Andrew Jackson Reese - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 20, Promoted to 2nd Lt 1/26/1863 upon death of Lt Price, Promoted 1st Lt 6/29/1864, Surrendered at Appomattox 4/9/1865 as commanding officer of Company E, Died in 1884 and buried at Mt Hope Cemetery, Dahlonega, Ga

Thomas Benton Reese - Enlisted 2/1/1864, younger brother of Lt A J Reese, WIA (left leg amputated) at Gaines Farm (Cold Harbor) 5/30/1864, Furloughed home 8/5/1864, At Charlottesville, Va hospital 12/4/1864, Transferred to Richmond hospital 3/28/1865, Age 4 in 1850 Lumpkin County census

H W Riley Jr - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 14, WIA (left hip) at Hanover Jct, Va 5/27/1864, Furloughed from Richmond hospital 7/11/1864, Shown as AWOL on roll dated 1/30/1865, No further record 

James Roberts - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 15, Surrendered at Appomattox 4/9/1865

Benjamin F Rumney - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 16, Discharged from service 2/9/1862

William Satterfield - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 22, Died 10/5/1861 at Lewisburg, Va (W Va) of disease

Daniel J Simmermon (Simmenson) - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 18, KIA 8/29/1862 at Second Manassas by artillery fire, Age 17 in 1860 Dawson County census, Son of Jacob and Loucinda Simmenson 

Sgt Benjamin Franklin Sitton - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 46, Discharged 10/14/1862

Edward Jasper Smith - Enlisted 9/15/1861, Captured a Federal color at Gettysburg, WIA (lost finger) 5/6/1864 at the Wilderness, Received clothing 5/16/1864 at Liberty, Va hospital, No further record, 

T R Smith - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 30, Discharged 3/4/1862 

Archibald Wimpy Sparks - Enlisted 3/4/1862, KIA 8/23/1862 at Beverlys Ford, Va on Rappahannock River by artillery fire

William A Spencer - Enlisted 7/19/1861, Age 19, WIA at Fredericksburg 12/13/1862, Admitted Chimborazo #2 hospital in Richmond 12/15/1862 with shell wound in hip, Furloughed for 30 days 12/31/1862, AWOL on Feb 1863 roll, May and June 1863 letters from J M McDonald and A J Reese stated that Spencer had stolen money from the mails and had been reduced to ranks and transferred to the 18th Ga in exchange for Barnabus Jones, Spencer does not show up on rolls for the 18th Ga, Elected Captain of Co G, 8th Ga Cavalry while at home and did not return to Virginia 

A J Spriggs - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 47, Discharged for disability 4/6/1862

David Stancel - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 17, Deserted near Cleveland, Tn 11/8/1863, Must have returned because he deserted again near Winchester, Va 9/7/1864, No Federal POW or deserter records, No further record

John W Stancel - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 21, 10/21/1863 court martial sentences him to death but Jefferson Davis commutes sentence (see A&IG SO #75/18 dated 3/30/1864) to spending remainder of war at hard labor on the Richmond fortification, Apparently rejoined unit near war's end as he surrendered at Appomattox 4/9/1865, Pension application states birth date as 2/14/1829 which conflicts with age given at enlistment 

Martin Stevens (shown as Stearns in service records) - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 23, KIA 11/29/1863 at Knoxville, Tn per Lt A J Reese letter dated 12/11/1863 

R F Stephenson - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Captured at Gettysburg 7/2/1863 and imprisoned at Point Lookout until exchanged 2/18/1865, No further record 

James A Stone - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 19, MWIA (through knee) and captured at Knoxville 11/29/1863, Died at Middle Brook US GH 2/14/1864, Buried "at brick house near Knoxville"

G W Tippen - Enlisted 8/15/1861, Age 19, Discharged 12/13/1861

George William Asbury Vaughn - Enlisted 3/4/1862, Deserted near Fredericksburg 1/23/1863, Returned under arrest 2/12/1863, Court martial record ANV GO #40 dated 3/16/1863 notes that he was found guilty of desertion and sentenced to spend the rest of the war at hard labor, forfeit all pay and be branded with a "D" on his left hand, Sentence must have been remanded or shortened as he was then captured at Gettysburg 7/5/1863 and sent to Fort McHenry, He was transferred to Point Lookout 9/15/1863 and died there 11/14/1863 of chronic dysentery, Buried at Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery at Scotland, Md

Stephen G Wade - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 18, Deserted near Fredericksburg 1/23/1863, Returned under arrest 2/12/1863, Court martial record ANV SO #40 dated 3/16/1863 shows him guilty of desertion and sentenced the same as George W Vaughn (see above), Sentence must have been remanded or shortened as he returns to the company, Last shown on a roll dated 1/30/1865, No further military records although he states in a postwar pension application that he surrendered at Appomattox, Records do not confirm this, Died in Bartow County September 1920, Age 7 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of Tyler and Winnie Wade 

George Washington Walker - Enlisted 8/8/1861, Born 4/4/1845 to West and Fatima Bryan Walker, AWOL on a roll dated 10/5/1864 and all rolls thereafter, 1906 Roster Commission roll and his pension application state that he was furloughed home in March of 1864 due to loss of use of his right hand, Younger brother of James Berry Walker, Died 8/29/1915, Buried in Yahoola Baptist Church Cemetery, Lumpkin County 

James Berry Walker - Enlisted 8/8/1861, Age 26, AWOL on rolls from 8/10/1862 through February 1863, Feb 1863 entry states he deserted, WIA (head) May 1863 at Chancellorsville, Roll dated 1/14/1864 states that he deserted near Chattanooga 9/20/1863 implying that he had returned to the company in 1863, Deserted again near Winchester, Va 9/7/1864, No further record however a postwar listing shows that he is living in Warrenton, Ohio indicating that he may have taken the Oath of Allegiance and gone north, Age 14 in 1850 Lumpkin County census, Son of West and Fatima Walker

2nd Sgt Henry W Ward - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 41 (born in Tennessee 12/16/1820), Detailed as a shoemaker at Richmond until February 1864, Furloughed home 2/12/1864 and does not return, Pension application states that he joined another (unspecified ) unit, Died in 1897

Francis M "Frank" White - He appears on the 1906 Roster Commission roll for Co E with the notation "Killed, Wilderness, Va. May 6, 1864" but he is not listed in the compiled service records for the Legion. It is likely that he had just joined Co E shortly before his death so he's included here based upon that probability. He is listed in the January 1864 "Joe Brown Militia Census" (which delineated all Georgia men age 16 to 60 NOT in service) in Lumpkin County as F M White, age 16 yrs 5 mos. A May 31,1864 letter from Lt Andrew Jackson Reese of Co E states that Frank was killed 5/31/1864 which would place his death in the actions around Cold Harbor, Va, Younger brother of Noah White, Son of Joabert and Sally White 

Noah White - Enlisted 8/8/1861, Age 20, WIA at Fox's Gap Md 9/14/1862, Promoted Cpl during 1863, Roll dated 10/5/1864 shows him sick at home, AWOL thereafter, Pension application says he was recruiting at home at war's end, Died in 1910, Buried Corinth Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County, Older brother of F M "Frank" White, Son of Joabert and Sally White

Harrison Lee Wilson - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age stated 26, KIA at Gettysburg 7/2/1863, Born 1841 in Ga to Ransom and Elizabeth Wilson 

Aaron W Woody - Enlisted 7/9/1861, Age 14, Honorably discharged 8/5/1861, He and his father John Woody later joined Co G 10th Tennessee (USA) Cavalry, Aaron enlisted 2/15/1864 at Nashville and was promoted to Cpl 2/23/1864, He was reduced back to private 4/1/1864, He was court martialed (offense unknown) at New Orleans in early 1865 and his pay was reduced by $5 a month, Mustered out 8/1/1865 at Nashville, Age 18

 

 

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