The Tennessee 1st (Colms') Infantry Battalion [also called 20th Battalion] was organized at Camp Weakley, Tennessee, in January, 1862, with five companies. A total of 997 men were enrolled from DeKalb and White counties. It moved to Fort Donelson and in February was captured. After being exchanged, the battalion participated in the conflicts at Chickasaw Bayou, Raymond, Port Hudson, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge. It had 43 men disabled at Raymond and of the 82 engaged at Chickamauga, fifty-four percent were disabled. In December, 1863, the unit totalled 60 men and 24 arms, and during February, 1864, it was consolidated with the 50th (Old) Tennessee Regiment to form the 50th (New) Tennessee Regiment. Officers:
Colms, Stephen H. - Major Assignments:
J. Gregg's and Bate's Brigade Battles:
Fort Donelson - Feb. 11-16, 1862
Chickasaw Bayou - Dec. 26-29, 1862
Raymond - May 12, 1863
Port Hudson - May 21-July 9, 1863
Chickamauga - Sep. 18-20, 1863
As a part of the 50th Infantry Regiment
The Atlanta Campaign
The Carolinas Campaign Rosters:
The roster of this unit contains the names of 994 men.
Company A - Dekalb County. Became Co. "B", 50th Consolidated Regiment.
Company B - White County. Consolidated with "E" to form Co. "H", 50th Consolidated.
Company C - Dekalb CountyConsolidated with "D" to form Co. "K", 50th Consolidated.
Company D - White County
Company E - White County Bibliography for Research: