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A History Of The 12th Georgia Infantry

 

The 12th Georgia Infantry completed its organization in June, 1861, at Richmond Virginia. Its members were from the counties of Sumter, Jones, Macon, Calhoun, Muscogee, Dooly, Putnam, Bibb, Lowndes, and Marion. The field officers were Cols. Edward Johnson, Zephaniah Turner Conner, and Edward Willis, Lt. Cols. Mark H. Blanford, Issac Hardeman, Willis A. Hawkins, Thaddeus B. Scott, and Abner Smead and Maj. John T Carson. Moving to Western Virginia, the unit was assigned to Brigadier General Henry R. Jackson's command and shared in Lee's Cheat Mountain Campaign. Later it served in Generals Johnson's, Elzey's, Trimble's, Doles', and Cook's Brigades. The12th participated in Jackson's Valley Campaign, then fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from Seven Days to Cold Harbor. Later it participated in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations and the Appomattox Campaign. This regiment lost 175 at McDowell, 45 at Groveton, and 59 at Sharpsburg. Its casualties were 12 killed, 58 wounded at Chancellorsville, 16% of 327 engaged at Gettysburg and 171 at Spottsylvavia Court House. Only 5 officers and 60 men surrendered in April 1865.

 

Co. F. 12th Ga. Infantry (Davis Guards)

 

William F. Brown

Capt. Killed at Ox Hill, Va. 1 Sept. '62.

 

James Everett

1st Lt. Elected Capt. 4 Sept. '62. Wounded at Gettysburg. Captured at Cedar Creek 19 October '64.

 

John G. Brown

2nd Lt. Died 1 September '61.

 

Wiley Y. Thompson

Jr. 2nd Lt. Elected 2nd Lt. 1 Sept. '61. Wounded at Allegheny, Va. 13th Dec. '61. Elected 1st Lt. on 4 Sept. '62. Wounded at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg. Wounded and captured near Washington, DC on 14 July, 1864.

 

12th Georgia Infantry – 26th June 1861

 

Colonel

Edward Johnson

Lt. Colonel

Z.T. Conner

Major

Abner Smead

Adjutant

Edward Willis

Surgeon

H.K. Green

Commissary

Robert Lightfoot

Quartermaster

Henry K. McKay

Chaplain

W.P. Pledger

Sgt. Maj.

William D. Elam

Hptl. Steward

B.M. McGettrick

Commis. Sgt.

Harper Black

Q.M. Sgt.

John K. Harmon

Ord. Sgt.

John K. Warren


COMPANY: F. Davis Guards, Dooly County, Georgia

REGIMENT: 12th Georgia Volunteer Infantry

BRIGADE: Doles' Brigade – 4th, 12th, 21st, and the 44th Georgia Regiments

DIVISION: Rode's Division

CORPS: II Corps

ARMY: Army of Northern Virginia, Robert E. Lee commanding

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA

 

12th Georgia Major Engagements

 

Greenbrier River

Oct. 3, '61

Allegheny Mtn.

Dec. 13, '61

McDowell

May 8, '62

Front Royal

May 23, '62

Winchester

May 26, '62

Cross Keys

June 8, '62

Port Republic

June 8-9, '62

Seven Days

June 25-July 5, '62

Cedar Run

Aug. 8, '62

2nd Manassas

Aug. 29, '62

Ox Hill

Sept. 1, '62

Harper's Ferry

Sept. 14, '62

Sharpsburg

Sept. 16-17, '62

Fredericksburg

Dec. 13-15, '62

Transfer from Hoke's to Doles' Brigade

Jan. 19, '63

Chancellorsville

May 3, '63

Gettysburg

July 2-4, '63

Mine Run

Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, '63

Valley Duty (New Hope Church)

Dec. '63 – April '64

Wilderness

May 5-7, '64

Spotsylvania

May 12-19, '64

Bethesda Church

May 31, '64

Cold Harbor

June 3, '64

Valley Campaign

June 18 – Sept. 1, '64

3rd Winchester

Sept. 19, '64

Cedar Creek

Oct. 19, '64

Ft. Steadman (Petersburg)

March 1865

Appomattox Campaign

April 1865

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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