The Twenty-first served in the army of Northern Virginia, acting a gallant part in the many great battles in which it was engaged. It was one of the regiments commanded by the gallant General Doles, who fell at the second battle of Cold Harbor.
In May, 1862, Company E was transferred to the cavalry. By special order no. 106, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, dated Richmond, Virginia May 8, 1862, this company, "old Company E," was detached from this regiment and became Company A, 1st Regiment Georgia Partisan Rangers and subsequently became Company G, Smith's Legion Georgia Cavalry, which in March 1863, became Company G, 6th Regiment Georgia Cavalry.
During the war the 21st served under the command of Generals Trimble, Hoke, Doles, and Cook. The 21st participated in Jackson's Valley Campaign and fought in many conflicts of the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days' Battles to Mine Run. Later it was engaged at Roanoke Island, Drewry's Bluff, and Cold Harbor, then moved with Early to the Shenandoah Valley and was active around Appomattox. It had 4 killed and 23 wounded at Cross Keys and 20 killed, 80 wounded, and 11 missing at Gaines' Mill and Malvern Hill. The unit lost seventy-six percent of the 242 engaged at Second Manassas and about ten percent of the 287 at Gettysburg in which Colonel Thomas was cited for gallantry.
FIELD OFFICERS: BATTLES:
Near Seven Pines (skirmish) - June 15, 1862
Seven Days Battles - June 25 - July 1, 1862
Beaver Dam Creek - June 26, 1862
Gaines' Mill - June 27, 1862
Malvern Hill - July 1, 1862
South Mountain - September 14, 1862
Antietan - September 17, 1862
Fredericksburg - December 13, 1862
Chancellorsville - May 11-14, 1863
Gettysburg - July 1-3, 1863
Bristoe Campaign - October 1863
Mine Run Campaign - November - December 1863
The Wilderness - May 5-6 1864
Spotsylvania Court House - May 8-21, 1864
North Anna - May 23-26, 1864
Cold Harbor - June 1-3, 1864
Lynchburg Campaign - May - June 1864
Monocacy - July 9, 1864
3rd Winchester - September 19, 1864
Fisher's Hill - September 22, 1864
Cedar Creek - October 19, 1864
Petersburg Siege - May - June 1864 - April 1865
Fort Stedman - March 25, 1865
Appomattox Court House - April 9, 1865
ROSTERS: Field Staff and Band Company A - Campbell County, Georgia - Campbell County Guards Or Campbellton Home Guards Company B - Floyd County, Georgia - "Floyd Sharpshooters" Company C - Fulton County, Georgia - Atlanta Volunteers Company D - Polk County, Georgia - Cedartown Guards First Company E - Floyd County, Georgia - Sardis Volunteers Second Company E - Forsyth & Dawson Counties, Georgia "Concord Rangers" Company F - Ben Hill Infantry – Or Ben Hill Volunteers Company G - Gordon County, Georgia - "Dabney Rifles" Company H - Dade County, Georgia - "Silver Grays"
Or "Yancey Invincibles"
Company H - Dade County Company I - Stewart County, Georgia - Stewart Infantry
Company I - Stewart Infantry Company K - Chattooga County, Georgia - "Bartow Avengers"
This information is excerpted from The History of the Doles-Cook Brigade, the
Regimental History of the 21st of Georgia. The book was originally written
and published in 1903 by Henry W. Thomas, historian for the brigade.
Reprint with additional notes and index. 1999. Eastern Digital Resources