Cobb's Legion Infantry Battalion

Historical Notes:
Cobb's Legion was organized by Howell Cobb during the spring of 1861 and soon moved to Virginia. The legion was composed of cavalry, infantry, and artillery, but did not serve as one command. The artillery company was an independent unit known as the Troup Light Artillery and its history is given under that name. This book covers the infantry battalion. There is a separate volume for the cavalry battalion.

The infantry battalion included men from Stephens, Lamar, Burke, and Carroll counties. It contained seven companies and in April, 1862, had a force of 594 effectives. The battalion served under Generals H. Cobb, T.R.R. Cobb, Wofford, and DuBose. It fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days' Battles to Gettysburg, then moved with Longstreet to Georgia. Not engaged at Chickamauga, it was active in the Knoxville Campaign. Returning to Virginia the unit took an active part in the battles of The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, moved with Early to the Shenandoah Valley, and saw action in the Appomattox Campaign. Its casualties were twenty-seven percent of the 248 at Crampton's Gap, 22 killed and 135 wounded at Chancellorsville, and about ten percent of the 213 at Gettysburg disabled. Many were captured at Sayler's Creek and only 1 officer and 55 men surrendered.
  • Colonel Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (He formed the Legion in the late summer of 1861, and served as its colonel until he was promoted to brigadier general in the fall of 1862.) After the components were separated, the highest rank in the infantry battalion was lieutenant colonel.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson Mirabeau Lamar (He was named Lieutenant Colonel on January 18, 1862. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Crampton's Gap, Maryland, on September 14, 1862, and he died the next day.)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Luther J. Glenn (He was named lieutenant colonel on September 15, 1862. He retired on January 11, 1865.)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Richard B. Garnett,
  • Lieutenant Colonel G. B. Knight. Promoted from Captain of Company G
  • Majors Ed. F. Bagley, Thomas Camak, William D. Conyers, and W.W. McDaniel.
  • Rosters:
    The roster of this regiment contains the names of 694 men.

  • Bibliography:

    Sifakis - Compendium of the Confederate States Armies

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