Georgia 11th Infantry Battalion



 


HISTORICAL NOTES:

    In the spring of 1862, the Forty-Seventh Infantry Regiment was organized from the Eleventh Infantry Battalion which had previously served on the Georgia coast.

    Georgia Battalions usually consisted of from three to five companies. The 11th Battalion consisted of nine companies. On May 12, 1862, Co. K, Ga. Inf. was added to the 11th Battn. Ga. Inf. (composed of Companies A to L) and the organization was designated as the 47th Regiment Ga. Inf., C.S.A.

    Towards the end of the war the 47th was consolidated with the 28th Battalion Ga. Siege Artillery and the 1st Regiment Ga. Regulars (consolidated.)

    The Forty-Seventh Georgia Infantry was frequently know by alternative names:

      Joseph S. Cones Infantry
      A. C. Edwards Infantry
      Joseph G. Cones Infantry
      G. W. M. Williams Infantry
      William S. Phillips Infantry
      J. J. Harpers Infantry
      E. W. Hazards Infantry
      Bryan Conners Infantry
      J. C. Thompsons Infantry

    The 47th was originally deployed in the Charleston, South Carolina area. They were engaged on James Island, Morris Island and Proctor's Point in South Carolina and were then assigned to Savannah in late 1862.

    In the summer of 1863 they were assigned to General Stovall's and J. T. Jackson's Brigades with the Army of Tennessee. They were transferred to Mississippi and participated in the siege of Jackson, Mississippi and were engaged in Marion, Mississippi.

OFFICERS:

    Williams, Gilbert W. M.- Colonel
    Edwards, A. C.- Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel
    Phillips, William S.- Major, Lieutenant Colonel
    Cone, Joseph S.- Major, Lieutenant Colonel.
    Edwards, A. C.- Major.
    Cone, James G.- Major.
    Williams, Benjamin S. - Adjutant.
    Cassidy, H. E. - Chaplain.
    Minis, John R.- Sergeant Major.
    Hines, Thomas R.- Captain and Assistant Quarter-master, Quartermaster
    Ashley, William Percy Mortimer - Assistant Quartermaster
    Thompson, Joseph C.- Quartermaster Sergeant.
    Holmes, James E.- Ordnance Sergeant.
    Rambo, John-Appointed Surgeon, P.A.C.S.,
    Mathews, David A.- Surgeon.
    Holt, Leonidas -Appointed Surgeon, P.A.C.S.,
    McLester, Leonidas - Assistant Surgeon.
    McLane, John T. - Assistant Surgeon.
    Coxwell, George W. - Hospital Steward, Assistant Surgeon
    Wiggins, James B.- Assistant Surgeon.
    Kennedy, Stiles - Assistant Surgeon.
    Coxwell, George W. - Hospital Steward.
    Mathews, O. P. - Hospital Steward.
    Burnsides, James E.- Commissary.
    Fraser, James R.- Assistant Commissary Sergeant.
    Wakefield, Thomas - Ensign.
    Low, Robert - Leading Musician.
    Burke, Robert - Musician,
    DeVersur, Francis - Musician.
    Golphin, Brave - Musician.
    Jones, Charles - Musician.
    Jones, George - Musician.
    Millen, Joseph - Musician.
    Oliver, Robert - Musician.
    Touchelet, Eugene - Musician.
    Woodhouse, Robert - Musician.
    Woodhouse, William - Musician.

ASSIGNMENTS:

    At various times during the War the regiment served in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, the Department of North Carolina, the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, and the Army of Tennessee.

    June 30, 1862 (nine companies) First Military District of South Carolina, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (one company) District of Georgia, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

    July 31, 1862 Infantry, District of Georgia, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

    March 31, 1863 Mercers Brigade, District of Georgia, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

    April 15, 1863 Harrisons Brigade, Gists Division, District of Cape Fear, Department of North Carolina

    May 5, 1863 Infantry, Third Military District of South Carolina, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

    June 6, 1863 Unattached, Breckenridges Division, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana

    July 31, 1863 Stovalls Brigade, Breckenridges Division, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana

    Sept. 1, 1863 Stovalls Brigade, Breckenridges Division, Hills Corps, Army of Tennessee

    Oct. 31, 1863 Stovalls Brigade, Breckenridges Division, Breckenridges Corps, Army of Tennessee

    Nov. 12, 1863 Jacksons Brigade, Chathams Division, Hardees Corps, Army of Tennessee

    April 30, 1864 Jacksons Brigade, Walkers Division, Hardees Corps, Army of Tennessee

    July 31, 1864 Taliferros Brigade, Seventh Military District, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

    Oct. 31, 1864 Taliferros Brigade, Thired Sub-District of South Carolina, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

    Nov. 20, 1864 Taliferros Brigade, District of Georgia, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

    Dec. 26, 1864 Harrisons Command, District of Georgia, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

    Jan. 31, 1865 Harrisons Brigade, McLaws Division, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

    March 31, 1865 Harrisons Brigade, McLaws Division, Hardees Corps, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

    April 10, 1865 Harrisons Brigade, McLaws Division, Hardees Corps, Army of Tennessee

BATTLES:

    The Forty-Seventh Georgia Infantry participated in more than forty engagements during its career.

    June 10, 1862 Action, James Island, S. C.

    June 16, 1862 Engagement, Secessionville, Fort Johnson, James Island, S.C.

    June 28 - July 7 !862 Evacuation of James Island, S.C.

    Oct. 22, 1862 Engagement, Gaston and Framptons Plantation near Pocataligo, S. C.

    July 5 - 10, 1863 Operations against the advance on Jackson, Miss.

    July 9, 1863 Skirmish near Clinton, Miss. (detachment)

    July 10, 1863 Skirmish near Clinton, Miss. (detachment)

    July 10 - 16, 1863 Siege, Jackson, Miss.

    July 12, 1863 Assault, Jackson, Miss.

    July 16, 1863 Skirmish, Clinton, Miss. (detachment)

    Sept. 19 - 21, 1863 Battle, Chickamauga, GA

    Sept. 23 - Nov. 23, 1863 Siege, Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Nov. 23, 1863 Engagement, Orchard Knob, Indian Hill, Tenn.

    Nov. 23 - 27, 1863 Campaign, Chattanooga, Tenn. and Ringgold, GA

    May 1 - July 1, 1864 Atlanta Campaign

    May 14 - 15 1864 Action, Leys Ferry, Oostenaula River, GA

    May 18 - 19, 1864 Combats near Cassville, GA

    May 25 - June 5, 1864 Operations of the line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and Battles about Dallas, New Hope Church, and Allatoona Hills, GA

    May 25, 1864 Combat, New Hope Church, GA

    June 10 - July 2, 1864 Operations about Marietta and against Kennesaw Mountain, GA

    June 11 - 14, 1864 Combats about Pine Hill, GA

    June 15 - 17, 1864 Combats about Lost Mountain, GA

    June 27, 1864 Assault, Kennesaw Mountain, GA

    July 4, 1864 Engagement, James Island, S. C.

    July 5, 1864 Skirmish, James Island, S. C.

    July 6, 1864 Engagement, James Island, S. C.

    July 7, 1864 Engagement, James Island, S. C.

    July 9, 1864 Action, Burdens Causeway, James Island, S.C.

    Nov. 15 - Dec. 10, 1864 Operations opposing Shermans Campain against Savannah, GA

    Nov. 27 - 28, 1864 Engagement, Waynesboro, GA

    Nov. 29, 1864 Skirmish, Boyds Landing, S.C. (detachment)

    Nov. 30, 1864 Engagement, Honey Hill, Broad River, Grahamville, S.C.

    Dec. 9, 1864 Skirmish, Honey Hill, S.C.

    Dec. 10 -- 21, 1864 Seige of Savannah, GA

    Dec. 13, 1864 Engagement, Fort McAllister, GA (detachment)

    Dec. 20, 1864 Skirmish near Pocataligo, Road, S.C.

    Jan. 14, 1865 Skirmish, Pocataligo, S.C.

    Feb. 4, 1865 Action, Rivers Bridge, Salkahatchie River, S.C.

    Feb. 16 - 17, 1865 Skirmishes about Orangeburg, S.C.

    March 16, 1865 Barrle, Aversyborough (Taylors Hole Creek), N.C.

    March 19 - 21, 1865 Battle, Bentonville, N.C.

    April 26, 1865 Surrender, Bennetts House, Durham Station, N.C

ROSTERS:

    Company A: Chatham County - Mitchell Volunteer Guards

    Company B: Randolph County - Randolph Light Guards. (See Company B, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry for records prior to May 12, 1862.)

    Company C: Bulloch County - Bulloch Guards

    Company D: Screven County - Screven Guards. (See Company D, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry for records prior to May 12, 1862.)

    Company E: Bryan, Chatham, Effingham County - Chatham Volunteers. (See Company E, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry for records prior to May 12, 1862.)

    Company F: Appling County - Appling Rangers. (See Company F, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry for records prior to May 12, 1862.)

    Company G: Tattnall County - Tattnall Invincibles. (See Company G, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry for records prior to May 12, 1862.)

    Company H: Glynn County - Liberty Rangers. (See Company H, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry for records prior to May 12, 1862.)

    Company I: Effingham County - Empire State Guards. (See Company L, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry for records prior to May 12, 1862.)

    Company K: Bulloch County

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