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63rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry

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63rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry organized at Savannah, Georgia, in December, 1862, using the 13th Georgia Infantry Battalion as its nucleus. With more than 1,100 officers and men, the unit was assigned to the Departments of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. It served as infantry and heavy artillery at Thunderbolt and Rosedew Island, and Companies B and K were engaged at Battery Wagner near Charleston. Later the regiment was placed in General Mercer's and J A Smith's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. Now serving as infantry, it participated in the Atlanta Campaign, July 20 to September 1, this unit reported 10 killed, 61 wounded, and 39 missing and in December, 1864, totalled 143 effectives. Very few surrendered on April 26, 1865.[1]

Officers

Colonel George A Gordon, Lieutenant Colonel George R Black, and Majors Joseph V H Allen and John R Giles.

Companies with Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first. The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 2.397 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

  • Officers, Non-Commissioned Offices, and Staff - see - Roster - on Volume 6 page 369-371
  • Company A - ("Oglethorpe Light Artillery") Richmond County - see - Roster - on Volume 6 page 371-393; USGenWeb (give Oglethorpe, Georgia )
  • Company B - ("Phoenix Riflemen") Chatham County - see - Roster- on Volume 6 page 394-406
  • Company C - Miscellaneous counties - see - Roster - on Volume 6 page 406-414
  • Company D - Miscellaneous counties - see - Roster - on Volume 6 page 415-423
  • Company E - Marion and other counties - see - Roster - on Volume 6 page 423-431; USGenWeb
  • Company F - Chatham and other counties - see - Roster - on Volume 6 page 431-445
  • Company G - Spalding and other counties - see - Roster - on Volume 6 page 445-454
  • Company H - Jefferson, Laurens and other counties - see - Roster - on Volume 6 page 454-462; USGenWeb
  • Company K - Chatham and other counties- see - Roster - on Volume 6 page 473-487

Sources

  1. National Park Service Soldiers and Sailors Database.

Georgia, and Lillian Henderson. 1959. Roster of the Confederate soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865. Hapeville, Ga: Longina & Porter. WorldCat FHL Collection HATHI TRUST Digital Library HATHI TRUST also on USGenWeb

Other Sources

Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Georgia in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).

  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Georgia in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Georgia, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Gordon, George A. (George Augustus). What will he do with it? : an essay delivered in Masonic Hall, Savannah, on Thursday, October 27, 1863 : and again by special request on Monday, December 7, 1863, for the benefit of the Wayside Home, in Savaannah, and repeated with slight alterations for similar objects in Augusta, Milledgeville, Macon, Atlanta, LaGrange and Columbus. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990),FHL fiche 6082376


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