Georgia 5th Infantry Regiment

The Georgia 5th Infantry Regiment was organized on May 11th, 1861, with further companies joining the unit during the following year. Its combat service began with the capture of Santa Rosa Island, followed by the Corinth Campaign in April-June 1862. One of the distinguished companies of the 5th was Company A, the famous Clinch Rifles. The company was named for General Duncan L. Clinch the commander at the Battles of Withlacoochee and The Cove of the Seminole Wars (1835-1836). The company adopted the motto “Charge Again” after General Clinch’s order to the retreating troops at the Battle of Withlacoochee to attack the enemy again. Clinch Rifles were a true 'rifle' company using 1841 Mississippi Rifle and sabre bayonet in action.

Relaxing in camp are soldiers of the "Clinch Rifles," Company A, 5th Georgia Infantry Regiment. The original of this image, taken on a wet plate glass negative printed the image backwards, causing the "CR" in on the tent and bucket to be reversed. Note the First National pattern Confederate flag hanging on the tent pole beside the black soldier.

Organized May 11, 1861
Company L. organized April 19, 1862
Company N. organized May 16, 1862
Companies H, L, & N became Companies A, B, & C of the 2nd Sharpshooters Battalion on July 18, 1862.
Reorganized on May 8, 1862
Surrendered - Durham Station, Orange County, NC - April 26, 1865

Jackson, John King, Colonel
Manghum, Samuel W, Colonel
Black, William T., Colonel
Daniel, Charles P., Colonel
Day, Charles B., Lieut. Colonel
Iverson, John F. Lieut. Colonel
Beall, Thomas, Lieut. Colonel
Salisbury, William Lewis, Major
Daniel, Charles P., Major
Ansley, David H., Major
Hundley, William B., Major
Black, William T., Adjutant
Cheatham, Rufus Sidney, Adjutant
Carter, Levi M., Chaplain
Dodd, Jacob E., Chaplain
Ford, Francis G., Sergeant Major
Shields, William S., Sergeant Major
Griffin, James B., Sergeant Major
Cumming, Joseph B., Sergeant Major
Cole, James M., Assistant Quartermaster
Hart, James S., Assistant Quartermaster
Roberts, Joseph C., Quartermaster Sergeant
Crane, William H. Jr., Quartermaster Sergeant
Allen, Jacob A., Ordnance Sergeant
Fleming, Thomas, Surgeon
Flewellen, Edward A., Surgeon
Griggs, John Gardner, Acting Surgeon
Butts, James A., Assistant Surgeon
Thompkins, Frank A., Assistant Surgeon
Holt, W. J., Assistant Surgeon
Frost, John, Assistant Surgeon
Hubert, John Pride, Hospital Steward
Meadows, Miles P., Hospital Steward
Hudson, Charles B., Hospital Steward
Montgomery, Hugh B. T., Commissary
Barnes, Thomas P., Ensign
Hess, Bernard, Chief Musician
Beall, William X., Musician

Pensacola, Florida (September - October 1861)
Department of Alabama and West Florida (October 1861 - March 1862)
Jackson's Brigade, Wither's Division, 2nd Corps, Army Department #2 (April-June 1862)
Jackson's Brigade, Reserve Corps, Army of the Mississippi (June-July 1862) Jackson's Brigade, Withers' Division, Right Wing, Army of the Mississippi Department #2 August-November 1862)
Jackson's Brigade, Withers' Division, 1st Corps, Army of Tennessee (November - December 1862)
Jackson's Brigade, Army of Tennessee (December 1862 - August 1863)
Jackson's Brigade, Cheatham's Division, 1t Corps, Army of tennessee (August 1863 - February 1864)
Jackson's Brigade, Walker's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Tennessee (February - July 1864)
Taliaferro's Brigade, Department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida (July - September 1864)
Post of Florence, South Carolina, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (October - November 1864)
Harrison's Command, Taliaferro's Brigade, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (November-December 1864) Harrison's Bridage, McLaw's Division, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (December 1864 - April 1865) Harrison's Brigade, Walthall's Division, 3rd Crops, Army of Tennessee (April 1865)

Santa Rosa Island (October 9, 1861)
Corinth Campaign (April-June 1862)
Murfreesboro (December 31, 1862 - January 3, 1863)
Tullahoma Campaign (June - August 1863)
Chickamauga (September 19 & 20, 1863)
Chattanooga Siege (September - November 1863)
Chattanooga (November 23, 1863)
Atlanta Campaign (May - September 1864)
Savannah Campaign (November - December 1864)
Tullifiny Station (December 1864)
Carolinas Campaign (February - April 1865)
Bentonville (March 19 - 21 1865)

Company A - Richmond County - Clinch Rifles
Company B - Spalding County - Griffin Light Guards
Company C - Richmond County - Irish Volunteers
Company D - Warren County - McDuffie Riflemen
Company E - Terrell County - Dawson Volunteers
Company F - Randolph County - Cuthbert Rifles
Company G - Schley County
Company H - Decatur County - Hardee Rifles
Company I   - Muscogee County - Georgia Grays
Company K - Upson County - Upson Guards
Company L - Company L
Company M - Bibb County - Bibb County
(Co. A. 2d Battn. Georgia Sharpshooters)
Company N - Clark and Richmond Counties
(Co. A 9th Regiment 3d Brigade, Georgia State Troops)


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