Georgia Military Institute Infantry Battalion
rests the good name of their state
and the safety of Augusta.
Maj. Gen. Lafayette McClaws
Order dated May 1, 1865
(the last official order of a Confederate Officer)
Organized May, 1864. Surrendered at Augusta, GA on May 20, 1865.
This unit was also known as Capers Battalion Georgia Militia. The rosters of Capers Battalion are found in the Southern Historical Society Papers. This regiment was made up of 16 and 18 year old boys from GA, TN, SC, and AL - all cadets at the Georgia Military Institute and commanded by Gen. Frank W. Capers.
The article from the Southern Historical Society Papers gives some details of the unit's service. It was written by a member of Company B in 1905. Members of Company A and B are listed - but it stated it's a partial list.
None of the listed men appear in either of the index compillations - Broadfoots (which is generally considered to be complete for the Confederate units) and Henderson's Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia (which has some known and recognized problems). Col. Jones, Georgia in the War, which was written just after the war, and considered to list every unit and their leaders, also has no mention of this unit.
All of the cadets were from 16 - 18 years of age. Julius L. Brown, Color Corporal of Company A was the son of the Governor of Georgia - Joseph E. Brown. Samuel Spencer of Company B became president of Southern Railway later in life. Hal T. Lewis of Company B became a Supreme Court Justice!
They were first under fire at the battle of Resaca. Lt. James S. Oates of the 9th Illinois Mounted Infantry stated in his memoirs, "It was during the advance of that day that we came in contact with the Georgia Cadets, from the Military Institute in Marietta, who had come out from the woods at Resaca and formed their line behind a rail fence. After a volley from the cadets, which killed several of our men, our regiment charged them."
They fought throughout the remainder of the Atlanta Campaign and were involved in a number of battles with Sherman as he marched to Savannah.
"The Georgia Cadets were the last organized Confederate soldiers on duty east of the Mississippi river, and their last service, as the first, was on provost duty, guarding the city of Augusta, Ga., and the Confederate arsenals and army stores of that city. They obeyed the last order of a Confederate officer, Major-General Lafayette McLaws. That order was issued after the surrenders of General Lee and General Johnston and was dated May 1, 1865, and they served under that order till the 20th of May 1865...
"SPECIAL ORDER. - headquarters, Augusta, Ga May 1, 1865. The
battalion of Georgia Cadets will proceed at once to the city hall,
in the city
of Augusta, taking one day's rations with them, and will bivouac
until further orders, for the purpose of preserving order in said
will suppress all disturbances and will make such details for
preservation of order and property as may be called for by
Bryan, Inspector general. Upon the zeal and honor of this
rests the good name of their state and the safety of Augusta.
Capers, General Frank W., Commander
Fitten, John A., Sergeant Major & Quartermaster
Crutchfield, Jack F., Adjutant
West Point, GA
Austin, James S., Captain
Hill, Lodowick J., First Lieutenant
Courvoisier, Frank E., Second Lieutenant
McClesky, James R., Third Lieutenant
Faver, Paul, First Sergeant Major
Searcy, W. E. H., Orderly Sergeant
Henderson, Cary Wood, Second Sergeant
Elyea, Theodore A., Third Sergeant
Symmes, J. W., Fourth Sergeant
Todd, J. Scott, Fifth Sergeant
Arnold, J. A., Corporal
Privates of Company A
Alexander, A. H.
Blanton, Benjamin P.
Brooks, B. E.
Burke, W. H.
Cabaniss, H. H.
Campbell, Jos. F.
Crutchfield, Wm. Ambrose
Dorsey, John Isham
Edwards, J. Polk
Flake, Warren W.
Foster, A. W.
Green, John M.
Hamilton, Thomas A.
Hardee, W. P.
Harrington, Henry P.
Haslem, George Perry
Hawkins, J. C.
Head, George, M.
Hill, A. W.
Hill, Thomas A.
Holmes, John H.
Jones, H. P.
Jones, W. D.
Jones, W. (Jr.,)
Land, J. H.
Lane, W. S.
Latimer, Charles T.
Lester, T. G.
Lovett, Robert O.
McCleskey, L. L.
McHenry, W. S.
McWhorter, Rogert Ligon
Mims, W. H.
Myrick, G. D.
Myrick, J. D.
Parsons, William H.
Pearce, J. W.
Plant, Robert H.
Robert, W. H.
Roddy, R. L.
Rucker, Jeptha H.
Rucker, Tinsley W.
Ryan, Lawrence T.
Sapp, A. J.
Sheppard, W. T.
Slappey, A. B.
Smith, Archibald A.
Smith, H. H.
Thurman, Jas, T.
Turnbull, J. J.
Waters, Byron B.
Woodward, James P.
Wynn, Joesph H.
Coleman, George C., Color Sergeant Brown, Julius L., Color Corporal Hulsey, A. J., Color Corporal Milner, Thomas W., Color Corporal Dewes, Henry W., Color Corporal Dunwoody, Henry A., Color Corporal
Manget, Victor E., Captain Solomon, Charles H., First Lieutenant Hazelhurst, P., Second Lieutenant White, Steele, Third Lieutenant Einstein, Frank, Fourth Lieutenant
Ward, T. A., First Sergeant Bussey, Tom, Second Sergeant Harris, Isaac P., Third Sergeant Montgomery, Seaborn, Fourth Sergeant
Lee, B. Frank Linn, C. W. Acree, Thomas Symmes, J. Jones, F. Anderson, J. K. McNealy, Marianna Stokes, J. H. Jordan, Stephen G.
Privates of Company B
Allen, J. L. Atkinson, R. H. Baker, W. Beall, ? Bignon, ? Billingslea, Clay Bolger, ? Bomar, W. A. Bostick, ? Bozeman, ? Brantley, ? Breese, W. E. Brown, C. Brown, R. Bryan, ? Burt, F. Bussey, Nathan Calhoun, O. Cameron, H. C. Chaney, T. G. Coleman, J. D. Collier, William E. Commander, ? Culverhous, Augustus Compton, Lyomn H. Cunningham, D. Dean, Jesse Dean. W. Dunwoody, ? Faver, J. D. Goldsmith, Tom B. Goldsmith, Paul Goode, Samuel W. Gould, ? Griffin, J. W. Griffin, Samuel Grubbs, James W. Guyton, ? Harris, W. Heidt, C. B. Hitchcock, Winfield Holliday, George H. Holmes, ? Hood, M. F. Hudson, J. M. Hughes, ? Hulbert, ? Humber, Lucius Hunt, T. J. Hunting, ? Johnston, A. Johnston, Malcolm Johnston, T. Jones, D. A. Jones, H. B. Jones, W. M. Jordan, Edmond Kollock, ? Lamar, Lucius J. Lamar, Ophillo V. Lee, Lewis T. Lee, Oscar Lewis, Hal T. Ligon, ? Little, W. W. Loftin, Frank S. Loud, ? Luckie, Alfred T. Mabry, J. Markley, Wm A. Marsh, Clayton H. McClatchey, W. Penn Mays, ? McLaure, ? McLeod, John Mobley, Reuben B. Moores, J. Moore, W. F. Mousseau, ? Myrick, A. B. Myrick W. E. Neufville, ? Newsome, Willard H. Parrott, ? Partee, ? Patillo, W. F. Persons, Robert T. Persons, Thomas Rahn, James M. Ramsey, ? Remshart, G. Horace Reynolds, Homer V. Richter, M. L. Reynolds, Fletcher P. Robertson, ? Rodgers, Robert L. Sanders, O. A. (Cube) Sharp, ? Shropshire, Andrew J. Shoemake, W. W. Smart, ? Smith, Richard R. Smith, Thomas N. Spencer, Samuel Staten, ? Stevens, N. C. (Dick) Stevenson, V. K. Stotesbury, ? Tenant, ? Thomas, Isaac Traylor, R. B. Ulmer, ? Vance, ? Villard, W. D. Walton, Taylor Waters, J. C. Wesson, M. Wesson, T. Wilcox, ? Williams, O. S. Williams, T. Wright, B. F. Wright, C. Young, Thomas
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