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61st Regiment, Georgia Infantry, United States Civil War

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61st Regiment, Georgia Infantry [also called 26th Regiment] assembled at Charleston, South Carolina, in May, 1862. It was formed by using the 7th Georgia Battalion as its nucleus. The men were from the counties of Irwin, Tattnall, Brooks, Bulloch, Montgomery, Bibb, Quitman, and Wilkes. Ordered north in June, the unit arrived at Petersburg, Virginia, with 1,000 officers and men. During the war it was brigaded under Generals Lawton, John B Gordon, and C A Evans, Army of Northern Virginia. It participated in many conflicts from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, went with Early to the Shenandoah Valley, then fought in numerous engagements around Appomattox. This regiment sustained 36 casualties at Gaines' Mill, 63 at Second Manassas, 114 at Sharpsburg, and 100 at Fredericksburg. It lost thirty-seven percent of the 288 at Gettysburg and sixty-five percent of 150 at Monocacy. The 61st surrendered with no officers and 81 men, of which only 49 were armed.[1]



Colonel John H Lamar; Lieutenant Colonels Charles W McArthur and James Y McDuffie; and Majors Peter Brenan, Archibald P MacRae, Henry Tillman, and James D Van Valkenburg.[1]


A - "Irwin Cowboys" (Irwin County, Captains Willcox & McDuffie)
B - "Tattnall Rangers" (Tattnall County, Captains Johnson & A.P. McRae)
C - "Brooks Rifles" and "Wiregrass Riflemen" (Brooks and Thomas Counties, Captains McDonald & Edmonson)
D - "DeKalb Guards" (Bulloch County, Captains Kennedy & Tillman)
E - "Montgomery Sharpshooters"(Montgomery County, Captains McArthur & T.M. McRae)
F - "The Stark/Starke Guards"
G - "Wilkes Guards" (Wilkes County, Captains Fannin & Colley)
H - "Tattnall Volunteers" (Tattnall County, Captain Dasher)
I - "Thompson Guards" (Macon and Bibb County, Captain Van Valkenburg)
K - formed with volunteers from Companies A-I (Captain Sharpe)

Actions and Engagements

Seven Days Battles June 1862
Gains Mills, 27 June 1862
Malvern Hill, 1 July 1862
Bristoe Station, 27 August 1862
Groveton/Brawner's Farm, 28 August 1862
Second Bull Run or Manassas, 29-30 August 1862
Sharpsburg/Antietam, 17 September 1862
Fredericksburg, 13 December 1862
Chancellorsville, 29 April-5 May 1863
Winchester, 13-14 June 1863
York & Wrightsville, 28-29 June 1863
Gettsyburg, 1-3 July 1863
Battle of the Wilderness, 5-6 May 1864
Spotsylvania Court House, 10-12 May 1864
Monocacy, 9 July 9 1864
Winchester/Opequon Creek, 19 September 1864
Fisher's Hill, 22 September 1864
Cedar Creek, 19 October 1864
Hatcher's Run, 5-7 February 1865
Hares Hill/Fort Steadman, 25 March 1865
Appomattox Court House, 9 April 1865


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