Georgia 8th Infantry Regiment


HISTORICAL NOTES:
The 8th Georgia Regiment was organized for the War in late May and early June, 1861. Most of the units' members had seen pre-War militia service. The regiment was mustered in at Camp Bartow, Howard's Grove, Richmond, Virginia in June of 1861. Francis S. Bartow was its first commander.

Bartow was killed at First Manassas. Bartow and Gen. Bernard Bee were struggling to hold their ground and many Confederate troops were withdrawing when Jackson and his brigade came up. In the midst of a fierce battle, Bee is reported to have said: “There stands Jackson like a stone wall! Rally behind the Virginians!” The remark has been taken as a tribute to Jackson for standing firm in the face of superior Federal forces, a courageous example and rallying point for Bee, Bartow, and the men of the 8th.

Tragically for Bee and Bartow, both were soon killed. Bartow took a bullet in the heart after having one horse shot from under him and receiving a minor wound; Bee was mortally wounded, dying a short time after he was shot. Bartow and Bee became the second and third Confederate generals to be killed in the war,

The 8th Georgia continued throughout the war in Virginia except when they accompanied Longstreet to Tennessee, participating in Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. They surrendered at Appomattox.

FIELD OFFICERS:
  • Bartow, Francis S: Colonel
  • Gardner, William Montgomery--Colonel
  • Lamar, Lucius M.-Colonel
  • Towers, John R.-Colonel
  • Gardner, William Montgomery-Lieutenant Colonel, Brig. General
  • Cooper, Thomas L --Lieutenant Colonel
  • Towers, John R: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Lamar, Lucius M.- Major, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Magruder, E. J. Major, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Cooper, Thomas L. Captain, Major
  • Cooper, John F.Captain, Major
  • Lamar, Lucius M.- Captain, Major
  • Magruder, E. J: Captain, Major
  • Dawson, George Oscar- Captain, Major
  • Brantley, Amos W: Corporal, Adjutant
  • Branch, John L.- 2d Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant. Adjutant
  • Harper, Armistead R.- 2nd Lieutenant, Adjutant
  • Shellman, W. F.4th Sergeant, Adjutant
  • Harper, Charles M.- Adjutant
  • Dunlap, W. C.- Chaplain
  • Menard, Henry J:. - Sergeant Major
  • Andrews, Lewis H.-- Sergeant Major
  • Ayer, W. Frank- Quartermaster
  • Wheeler, Calvin Quartermaster
  • Wilcox, E. A.- Jr. 2nd Lieutenant, Assistant Quartermaster
  • Cothran, Hugh Dickson - Assistant Quartermaster
  • Davis, E. W. Assistant Quartermaster
  • Hall, S. H. M.- Quartermaster Sergeant.
  • Williams, J. H.- Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Bennett, William Henry- Assistant Quartermaster.-
  • Wellborn, Harrison G:. - Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Davis, E. W.- Assistant Quartermaster
  • Davis, William E.- Ordnance Sergeant
  • Towers, Daniel R.--Ordnance
  • Fleming, D. G. Ordnance Sergeant
  • Miller, H. V. M.-- Surgeon June 6, 1861.
  • Jackson, John F. Surgeon
  • Taylor, Bushrod - Acting Surgeon
  • Melhaney, J. W. - Assistant Surgeon
  • McFarland, John T. 1st Lieutenant, Assistant Surgeon
  • Hoyle, James M.- Assistant Surgeon
  • Griffin, George G.-- Assistant Surgeon
  • Cole, W. H. - Assistant Surgeon
  • Willis, D. W. - Assistant Surgeon
  • Bates, C. A. - Assistant Surgeon
  • Barnsley, George S: Assistant Surgeon
  • Brodie, J. L: Hospital Steward.
  • Brightwell, A. T.-Hospital Steward
  • Barns, Thomas M. - Hospital Steward.
  • Barnsley, George S. - Hospital Steward
  • Smith, Charles Henry (Bill Arp.) - Commissary (with rank of Major)
  • Norton, George C: Assistant Commissary
  • Morrell, W. J. - Acting Commissary Sergeant.
  • Dunlap, W. C. - Chaplain.
  • Eubanks, John J. Ensign
  • Merck, G. G. - Chief Musician.
  • Affleck, A. H.
  • Buckley, S. B.- Drummer.
  • Carruthers, Josephus- Musician.
  • Connelly, William C:
  • Dupree, M. M.(or W. M.) - Musician
  • Edwards, W. C: Musician
  • Fleming, John T. - Musician.
  • Harris, J. M: Musician.-
  • Holmes, John H. Musician
  • Kreuger, Paul (or Kruger) - Musician
  • Latimer, A. W: Musician
  • Lowry, John H: Musician.
  • Parrish, William F.(or Parish) - Musician.
  • Parrott, J. H. - Musician
  • Schwaab, F. - Musician.
  • Spear, Charles Henry (or Speer) - Musician.
  • Starowski, A.-Musician.
  • Walker, S. W. - Musician.
  • West, John Richard - Regimental Musician
  • Williams, Felix A.-Musician.
  • Wray, Pleasant J. - Musician.
  • Young, John A: Musician.
  • ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Assigned to F.S. Bartow's Brigade at First Manassas
  • For the balance of the war served under General G.T. Anderson.
  • BATTLES:
  • First Manassas
  • Yorktown
  • New Bridge
  • Seven Days
  • Rappahannock Station
  • Second Manassas
  • Sharpsburg
  • Fredericksburg
  • Suffolk
  • Gettysburg
  • Funkstown
  • Charleston
  • Chickamauga
  • Chattanooga
  • Knoxville
  • Wilderness
  • Petersburg
  • Appomattox

  • COMPANIES:
  • Company A Rome Light Guards Floyd County
  • Company B Oglethorpe Light Infantry Chatham County
  • Company C Macon Guards Bibb County
  • Company D Echols Guards Meriwether County
  • Company E Miller Rifles Floyd County
  • Company F Atlanta Grays Fulton County
  • Company G Pulaski Volunteers Pulaski County
  • Company H Floyd Infantry Floyd County
  • Company I Stephens Light Guards Greene County
  • Company K Oglethorpe Rifles- Oglethorpe County
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    REFERENCES:
    Sifakis - Compendium of the Confederate Armies