Georgia 12th Artillery Battalion
Field Staff and Band
The Battalion was made up of men from the areas surrounding the following counties: Coweta, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Richmond, and Washington.
The primary source for the following information is the Compiled Service Records, GA Dept. of Archives and History, drawer 254 boxes 31-35, with additional information from the records of the Soldier Roster Commission, GA Dept. of Archives and History, RG-58-2-26 box 83 Loc. 3297-15. Information was also taken from private letters, county histories, and local newspapers when available.
PR indicates information taken from pension records. RCS indicates information taken from the Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861 - 1865.
NG indicates information taken from reunion records of the Newnan Guards and Newnan Artillery, located Probate Court of Coweta, Co.
The research for this project was done by George H. Watkins, 155 Thorn Ridge Trail, Fayetteville, GA 30214.
Adams C. B., Asst. Surgeon Transferred 6/13/64 to Pocotalligo, S. C.
Baker Frank W., Adjutant, Enlisted 5/7/62, Promoted 10/13/62, Mortally Wounded 6/2/64 Cold Harbor, Leg Amputated near body, Buried Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, VA area X-99.
Bottom Jordan B., Musician, Enlisted 5/1/62, Augusta, Surrendered Appomattox 4/9/65 with Gen. Lee. 1850 Census list Jordan Bottoms age 8 living Richmond Co in the household of Martha Battum. PR Widow applied Richmond Co. 9/5/19. She a resident of GA since 8/6/53. Jordan B. Bottom married Dora E. Dennis 7/31/77 at Augusta, GA. Jordan died 10/23/03 at Augusta. Enlisted 5/62 for artillery but could not get guns. He was present at the surrender. Witness Robert R. Stallings stated that he had known Jordan Bottom since 1855. He also stated that he (the witness) had been captured 3 days before the surrender, and that Jordan was with the command when he left it. Jordan Bottom was a drummer. RCS Served in Co. I Ramsey's 1st. GA in 1861. City directory list Bottoms as an Engineer with the Augusta Post Office.
Boyce Ker, Quarter Master, Promoted to Brigade QM. 9/15/64. 1870 census list Ker Boyce age 36 living Richmond Co. GA. PR Witness for Thomas Welch of F Co. 1889 in Richmond Co. Died 3/20/91, Major QM Evans Brigade, according to records Confederate Survivors Assoc. meetings Augusta College Library. Obituary in Augusta Chronicle: Native of Charleston, SC, married Miss. McGrand of Augusta, 6 children, 4 boys & 2 girls, appointed Postmaster for Augusta 1885.
Boyer Mirabeau Holbache, Musician, Enlisted 5/1/62, Sandersville, Chief Battalion Bugler 7/1/63, Surrendered Appomattox 4/9/65 with Gen. Lee. PR Widow applied 2/21/30 in Pulaski Co. She was a GA resident all her life, age 80. M.H. Boyer died Hawkinsville, GA 3/14/98, Buried Sandersville, GA. M.H. Boyer married Viviana B. Skrine 10/6/70 in Washington Co. She stated that her husband was never captured, and that he surrendered at Appomattox, and that one leg was affected. Their Son, M.H. Boyer, who was the Solicitor General for 7 counties, wrote a letter to the Pension Department on behalf of his Mother. M.H. Boyer was a witness for R.G. Pope in 1879, and stated that he had been a Sgt.
Capers Henry Dixon, Lt. Col., Commander 12th GA Battalion, Promoted Lt. Col. 11/15/62, Detached from 12th GA July 63 to oversee impressed labor projects at Savannah, Wounded 6/2/64 Cold Harbor, Retired 12/24/64, Assigned to ordinance duty under Gen Gorges. 1870 census list a Henry Capers living Savannah GA age 40. PR Applied Fulton Co 9/14/05. Born 6/2/35, a GA resident since 5/6/57. Enlisted 2/23/62, paroled 6/9/65. Wounded rt hip, physicians statement indicates nerve damage due to gun shot wound rt pelvis. The wound occurred while engaged in battle on Totopotomoy Creek near Bethesda Church, on the left flank of Lee's lines. A board of examining surgeons under Dr. Henry M. Brown Chairman relieved Col Capers from field service. He was unable to mount and dismount. He was assigned to ordinance duty, and remained on that duty until the end of the war. One witness was Gen. Clement A. Evans, others were A.W. Calhoon and R.G. Hitt. J.M. Pace, an attorney from Covington, GA saw Capers borne from the field, injured at Cold Harbor. Capers was a witness for W.A. Goza in 1902, and was living in Putnam Co.
Clayton Edward F., Adjutant, Enlisted, 4/10/62, Augusta, Promoted Adj. 7/19/64 from SgMaj., Rose from Pvt. Co A1, Killed 3/25/65 Fort Stedman, Buried Blandford Cemetery Petersburg, VA. RCS Served in Co. D Ramsey's 1st. GA.
Crane George W., Assistant Quarter Master, Enlisted 5/1/62, Promoted 8/12/62. 12/31/64 last listing in file. RCS Served as 2d Lt. Co. D Ramsey's 1st. GA.
Crump Samuel H., Maj., Enlisted 4/9/62, Company Commander 12th GA, Transferred to Gen. William H.T. Walker's Staff 5/13/63, A Co Commander 12th GA 2/2/65, Commanding 12th GA 2/27/65, Surrendered Appomattox 4/9/65 with Gen. Lee. 1850 Census list Samuel H. Crump age 26, a clerk, living Richmond Co in the household of Elizabeth A. Crump. 1870 Census list 2 Samuel H. Crumps living Richmond Co. RCS Served as Commander of I Co. Ramsey's 1st. GA in 1861. Augusta Chronicle & Sentinel 8/2/64 describes Maj. S.H. Crump commanding a few troops at Tennille, GA as Federal Troops burned the Oconee Bridge. According to records of the Confederate Survivors Assoc Augusta College Library, S.H. Crump died between the meetings of 4/83 and 4/84.
Derry Edgar R., Ordnance Sgt., Enlisted 4/10/62, Augusta, Transferred from Co. A1, Detached at Richmond 9/63 - 11/64, Discharged due to Tuberculosis 2/22/65. PR Applied 9/12/19 in Richmond Co. A resident of GA for 65 years. Served in the 12th GA from 5/62 - 5/63 when detailed to Richmond by the War Department. The command was at Isl. of Hope near Savannah when he left it. Detailed to Hospital Service, looking after sick and wounded soldiers. Came out of Richmond 4/2/65 on the same train with President Davis. Witness Joseph T. Derry of Fulton Co. stated that he had known the applicant since 1854, and that they were cousins. That the applicant had lived in Augusta since 1854. The witness was a POW at Camp Douglas at wars end. Edgar R. Derry died 3/6/23 in Richmond Co. His Son W.R. Derry stated that his Father had died suddenly and unexpectedly.
Eve Robert C., Sgt. Maj., Enlisted 4/10/62, Augusta, Transferred from Co. A1, Transferred back to A1, Promoted Asst. Surgeon CSA. 1870 Census list Robert C. Eve age 27 living Richmond Co. RCS Served in Co. D Ramsey's 1st. GA.
Hanvey George M., Maj., Enlisted 5/1/62, Newnan, Promoted from Capt. A Co to Maj. Ex. Officer 12th GA 4/29/63, Acting Battalion Commander after 6/2/64, Wounded 6/2/64 Cold Harbor, Wounded rt arm and rt side including lung Monocacy, MD 7/9/64, Taken prisoner at hospital Frederick, MD 7/10/64, Transferred to Wests Buildings Hospital Baltimore, MD, Transferred to Point Lookout POW Camp, Released 7/25/65. RCS list release from Johnson's Island 7/25/65. 1870 Census list George Hanvy age 45, born SC, living Coweta Co. PR Applied Fulton Co 1890. He served in the 1st GA as a Capt. prior to his service in the 12th GA. G.M. Hanvey died 11/16/00 in Fulton Co. His Widow Dianna E. Hanvey applied for a pension in Fulton Co 1/8/01. She stated that her Husband had suffered for many years from the effects of his wound. She was born in SC, but a resident of GA since 8/52. They married 4/1/52. Witness' Joseph P. Martin and J. Robert Stampswere with Maj. Hanvey and saw him shot down. He suffered from the time he received the wound until he died. J.H. Dent confirmed the statements of the other witness', except that he did not see Maj. Hanvey shot. NG Living Louisville, Ky 1880's, and afterward, Atlanta, GA. Major Hanvey's obituary in the Atlanta Journal on 11/17/1900 states that he was born in Abbeville, SC and that he was 72 years old. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. His widow was the former Miss. Diana E. Hill of Abbeville. The pall-bearers and escorts included: Abner W. Calhoun, Joseph H. Dent, and J.R. Stamps all from UCV Camp 159.
Hitt R.G., Adjutant, Enlisted 5/1/62, Augusta, Sick at Augusta 7/62 - 7/63, Promoted from F Co to FS&B Adjutant 12th GA after 11/1/64, Wounded four times, Surrenderred Appomattox 4/9/65 with Gen. Lee. RCS Wounded Cold Harbor, Appointed Adjutant in 1865. Also served in Co. I Ramsey's 1st. GA in 1861. 1850 Census list Robert G. Hitt age 4 living Richmond Co. in the household of Charles B. Hitt, a merchant. 1870 Census list Robert G. Hitt age 25 living Lee Co. PR A witness for H.D. Capers in 1905.
James, Colored Boy, Musician, 4/1/63, Discharged 7/5/63.
Keller Joseph Raburn, Musician, Enlisted 5/1/62, Newnan, Transferred from Co A to FS&B 9/63, Surrendered Appomattox 4/9/65. 1850 Census list Joseph R. Keller age 7 living Coweta Co. in the household of Henry Keller, a grocer. 1870 Census list Joseph R. Keller age 27 living Coweta Co. RCS Also served in Co. A Ramsey's 1st. GA in 1861. NG Drum Major, Died by 1880's.
Lamar S.H., Surgeon, Earliest record with 12th GA 7/1/64, 4/9/65 Surrendered Appomattox. 1850 Census list Southwirth H. Lamers age 13 living Richmond Co in the household of George W. Lamers, a Lawyer.
Mathews, M., Killed Fort Sumter 10/31/63
Mitchell William A., Musician, Enlisted 5/1/62, Newnan, Transferred to band from Co A, Surrendered Appomattox 4/9/65 with Gen. Lee. 1850 Census list William A. Mitchell age 10 living Coweta Co. in the household of B.H. Mitchell, a merchant. In same household, John W. and Glen P. Mitchell (A Co.). PR Witness for John T. Dennis in 1898 living Coweta Co. He stated that John had served over a year, and that he was present at the surrender. RCS Served in Co. A Ramsey's 1st. GA in 1861. NG Living Newnan, GA 1880's.
Palmer Oscar, Muscian, Enlisted 5/1/62, Newnan, transferred from A Co to FS&B as Musician 9/63, Surrendered 4/9/65 with Gen. Lee. RCS Also served in Co. A Ramsey's 1st. GA in 1861. NG Died at Savannah, GA 3/28/87.
Perkins John I., Musician, Enlisted 2/23/64, Washington County, 4/9/65 Surrendered Appomattox with Gen. Lee. PR Applied Campbell Co 4/7/02. Born 6/8/48 Green Co GA. Resident of GA all of life. Enlisted Sandersville 3/4/62 into Co C 49th GA, serve about 8 months in 49th, and about 17 months in 12th GA Bat. Present at surrender. Resided Fulton Co 1889-1897, and Campbell Co 1897-02. Witness' J. P. Hall (49th) of Atlanta, and J.K. Kinman (12th) of Jefferson Co. Occupation: Farmer, Family: Wife and 4 children.
Ray J.L., Musician, Enlisted 6/17/63, Isl of Hope near Savannah, Transferred from Co B to FS&B 7/1/63, Present 11/12/64 last entry. One Wray J.L., Musician, Surrendered Appomattox 4/9/65. 1850 Census list John L. Ray age 7 living Washington Co in the household of James Ray. In same household, Thomas W. Ray and John Trawick
Ray T.W., Musician, Enlisted 6/17/63, Isl of Hope near Savannah, Transferred from Co B to FS&B 7/1/63, Captured Harrisonburg 9/27/64, Released 6/17/65. 1850 Census list Thomas W. Ray age 4 living Washington Co. in the household of James Ray. In same household, John L. Ray and John Trawick.
Rodgers A.M., MSgt., Enlisted 4/10/62, Augusta, Into Capt. Allen's first Co A, Transferred to FS&B, Released from duty to return to Capt. Allen's Co 63ed GA Inf 2/25/63. 1850 Census list Alpheus M Rogers age 17, law student born S.C., living Richmond Co. in the household of Caraline A. Rogers.
Rudisill Benjamin F., Asst. Surgeon, Enlisted 5/29/62, 12/31/64 with Evans Brigade last entry.
Sayre R. Stokes, QMSgt., Enlisted 4/10/62, Augusta, Transferred from first Company A to FS&B, Promoted to QMSgt 2/25/63, Promoted QMSgt. Evans Brigade 10/11/64 and dropped from rolls of 12th GA.
Sibley George R., QMSgt., Enlisted 4/10/62, Augusta, Promoted to QMSgt for Battalion (FS&B). 1850 Census list George R. Sibley age 10 living Richmond Co. in the household of Josiah Sibley, born Mass. a merchant.
Skrine Paul A., Musician, Enlisted 5/1/62, Sandersville, Kettle Drummer, Transferred from Co E to FS&B by 2/64, Surrendered with Gen. Lee at Appomattox 4/9/65. 1850 Census list Paul Adam Skrine age 6 living Washington Co in the household of Virginia Skrine.
Thompson James C., Musician, Enlisted 5/1/62, Newnan, Bugler, Transferred from second Co A to FS&B Fall 1863, Surrendered Appomattox 4/9/65. PR Applied Coweta Co 3/30/93. Resident of GA since 1/15/31. He was 62 years old on 4/93. Thompson served in the 1st GA Regiment. In 1/62, while the 1st GA was under Stonewall Jackson, the unit was forced to march in the bitter cold from Winchester, VA to Bath and Romney, VA. Thompson became sick from this experience, and though he served through out the war, he never fully recovered from the problems caused by this experience. Thompson was a cabinet maker, but by the time he applied for a pension, he could no longer work at his trade. Witness' W.A. Mitchell, J.H. Dent, Thomas Swint, and Newnan Mayor J.S. Orr. NG Living Newnan, GA 1880's.
Thompson Young H.S., Musician, Enlisted 5/1/62, Newnan, Transferred from second Co A to FS&B Fall 1863, Surrendered Appomattox 4/9/65 RCS Also served in Co. A Ramsey's 1st. GA in 1861. NG Died Newnan, GA 6/28/94.
Trawick A.J., Musician, Enlisted 5/1/62, Sandersville, Bugler, Absent with broken leg 12/62 - 4/63, Transferred from Co B to FS&B 7/1/63, Hospitalized Petersburg 10/15/64 - 12/18/64 with sprained ankle, Surrendered Appomattox 4/9/65. 1850 Census list John Trawick age 18, a clerk, living Washington Co. in the household of James Ray. In same household, John L. Ray and Thomas W. Ray. RCS Served in Co. E Ramsey's 1st. GA in 1861.
Wagner William H., Musician, Enlisted 5/14/62, Sandersville, Transferred from Co B to Co E 5/15/63 in exchange for E.E. Stubbs, Transferred to FS&B 7/1/63, In hospital 6/17 - 6/21/64 at Charlottesville, VA with intermittent fever, Present 12/28/64, last entry. RCS Served in Co. E Ramsey's 1st. GA in 1861.
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