Chapter 1

CHAPTER I.



 

Our Company “C” was organized at Fort Valley, Houston county Georgia, in the month of May of this year; titled the “Beauregard Volunteers,” in honor of Gen. Gustave T. Beauregard, that gallant Louisianian, whose animating tones were so often, during the war, echoed and reachoed from the Potomac to the Mississippi, and whose memory stands so inseparably linked with Confederate fame. The Company as first organized, was officered as follows, commissioned and non-commissioned staffs: Charles D. Anderson, Captain, Charles H. Richardson, 1st Lieutenant, Bartlett M. Bateman, 2nd Lieutenant, Seaborn L Mimms 3rd Lieutenant, William W. Carnes, Orderly Sergeant, James M. Culpepper, 2nd Sergeant, Geo. W. Bateman, 3rd Sergeant, Amos W. Murray 4th Sergeant, Isaac N. Vinson 5th Sergeant, Joel L. Disekes, 1st Corporal, Leonidas Brown 2nd Corporal, Samuel H. Hiley 3rd Corporal, Thomas S. Clark, 4th Corporal, Reuben A. Kilby 5th Corporal, Green Avera Musician, J. W. Avera, Company Ensign. The Company was first mustered into service with a full quota, that is, eighty-four men, rank and file. The privates, comprising the Company from time to time during the war including the original members and recruits from time to time were as follows:

Elias Adams; Charles D. Anderson, Jr.; Louis F. Anderson; Emmanuel Aultman; John D. Aultman; Solomon Aultman; Josiah Avera; Mathew G. Avera; Drewry M. Bateman; Needham Bateman; Lewis H. Beddingfield; Sumter Belvin; Henry T. Brookins; Thomas Butler; James M. Bynum; Leonidas Choidoine; George W. Cheeves; James Clark; Thomas N. Clark; William T. Collins; James Corbitt; Stephen Corder; John Cooper; Charles H. Coussins; Jonathan F. Coussins; Jonathan D. Cowart; Wendell D. Croom; William Crouch; John C. Davidson; William S. Davis; Edward Dinkins; John R. Dukes; William B. Dukes; Eli Ethridge; Elijah Ethridge; John Ethridge; Allen Evans; Samuel Felder; Alexander Finlayson; Samuel A. Fields; Charles R. Fogg; John C. Gammage; John W. Gatling; Samuel Gassett; James W. Giles; William E. Giles; Alexander Glozier; James M. Graves; Charles G. Gray; Jefferson M. Gray; William C. Gray; Hosea C. Graydon; Ulysses M. Gunn; William S. Haddock; Geo. W. Hampton; J. N. Hightower; David H. Hiley; Talbot G. Hammock; Benj. F. Hammock; Theophilus Hardison. Jno. I. Harris; William N. Harris; William M. Hartley; Daniel Hearn; Obediah Hearn; Augustus C. Haslam; William M. Haslam; William C. Harrison; Sullivan R. Harrison; George M. D. Hunt; Seaborn M. Hunt; John C. Humber; Daniel B. Hutto; Drewry M. Jackson; James M. Johns; Robt. W. Johnson; Thos. E. Jones; Burwell T. Jordan; William H. Leadingham; William H. Lightfoot; R. D. Lightfoot; James Lominac; Thomas A. Lowe; William H. H. Lowe; Jas. Mason; John Mayo; William M. McDonald; William F. McGehee; John M. Miller; Robt. A. Miller; Francis M. Murray; John W. Murray; David R. Odom; Jas. B. Odom; Thos. Odom; Willis T. Odom; David J. Perminter; Geo. W. Piles; Geo. W. Plant; Benj. L. Powell; Richard H. Powell; John S. Price; John F. Renfroe; John J. Rumph; Louis D. Rumph; Samuel J. Rumph; Henry C. Sawyer; Ichabod N. Scarborough; Columbus Self; Lott Self; Marion Self; James W. Shines; William I. Shines; Andrew J. Shirah; Thomas O. Skellie; Alex. G. Slappey; Geo. W. Slappey; Jas. Slappey; Russell T. Slappey; Uriah Slappey; Leonidas P. Sledge; Spencer R. Sledge; Wiley T. Sledge; William Sorrell; Mack Sperry; Alexander Sullivan; Allen Sullivan; Francis M. Stripling; Ebenezer W. Turner; Bryant Vinson; Daniel Vinson; Henry B. Vinson; Joseph S. Vinson; Leavin Vinson; John Visage; Pleasant A. White; John C. Wilson; William Young.

Having organized his Company as before stated, and having been commissioned, Captain Anderson made a tender of the services of himself and Company to the Confederate Government through Joe E. Brown, then Governor of the State of Georgia, which was accepted, and he was ordered to rendezvous at the Camp of instruction at Atlanta, Ga., on the 25th of May, whither nine other companies had been ordered to rendezvous at that time to organize the Sixth Regiment of Georgia Volunteers (Infantry). Preparatory to a faithful compliance with this order, the Company paraded at Fort Valley on the morning of the 24th, to await the arrival of the train, which was to take them to Atlanta, and to receive a handsomely decorated silk flag to be presented by the ladies of Fort Valley and vicinity in token of their high appreciation of the valor and patriotism of the Company. In behalf of

------------------------------------------------------- NOTE.--Howell M. Rose was with the Company at Yorktown in 1861, and a while in 1862; but he was never mustered into service. His name is therefore not included in the roll.

the ladies, the flag was presented by Miss Carrie Dinkins of Houston county, Ga., with appropriate remarks. In behalf of the Company, the flag was received by Ensign Dr. J. W. Avera, who responded to the remarks of Miss Dinkins in a chaste, well-timed speech, in which he took occasion to assure the ladies that the flag should never trail in the dust; but that it would be borne aloft in triumph on all the battle-fields upon which it might become necessary, to unfurl it to the breeze. Nor should the fair donors ever be put to the flush, or ever feel ashamed on account of this manifestation of their confidence in the valor of the donors of this high compliment. Whether these assurances, given by Ensign Avera, were faithfully, or ill kept, as we propose to show from the following pages.

Many other toasts and ceremonies were indulged in by other members of the company, and their friends. Hon. Dr. E. J. McGehee delivered a very feeling farewell address to the Company, which was replied to by 1st Lieut. Chas. H. Richardson. Mast Chas. G. Gray, Capt. of a company of boys (Fort Valley Cadets) made a speech, renowned for its patriotism and eloquence. This was replied to, in a spirited manner, by Private Thos S Jones.

Although other companies were at the same time being organized in Houston county, the Beauregard Volunteers seemed to be the pride and pet of the community. The old men and ladies entered almost unanimously into the work of giving to that company a propitious start into the service. A meeting had been held at the M. E. Church in Fort Valley, by the more prominent citizens of that place and vicinity, and after offering a prayer to Almighty God, invoking divine favor and protection for members of the company, the following named gentlemen made liberal contributions to defray the expenses of the company: Rev. Geo. W. Persons; Rev. William A. Skellie; Mr. Williamson Mimms; Mr. Miles J. Greene; Col. W. J. Anderson; Mr. Jacob Hiley; Dr. E. J. McGehee; Mr. George W. Haslam; Hon. James W. Hardison; Mr. J. J. Clark, and Mr. P. W. Gray. These contributions far exceeded the amount necessary to defray the expenses, and these liberal minded, whole-souled men had to be importuned to desist from giving.

The ladies prepared a sumptuous dinner at the Planters’ Hotel, for the Company on the day of its departure, which was participated in by the “Crafwford Grays,” the invited guests of the Company. The ladies, old and young, applied themselves assiduously, to work some garment, or keep-sake, to present to the Company. When we left Fort Valley, we had enough baggage and trumpery to supply a whole division of troops in actual services. This was perhaps the most gala day connected with the history of Fort Valley, and the largest assemblage, to witness the departure of the “Beauregard Volunteers,” for the theatre of war, that ever assembled in that town before, on any occasion. Joy, Sorrow, enthusiasm, patriotism, and tears, were freely commingled.

The boys were now brought to the trying ordeal of bidding adieu to the loved ones who had to be left behind, and giving to them the farewell-clasp of the hand, and go forth to brave the invading foe now rapidly concentrating his forces along the frontier lines of the seceded States. This was gone through with, without the trickle of a tear, down the manly cheeks of single one of this noble little patriot hand. In due time the train arrived, and the Company was soon en route for Atlanta, whither it arrived the next day, (25th.) The next day (26th,) the Regiment was organized, and consisted of the ten companies named and designated in the following order, viz:

“Sidney Brown Infrantry;” Captain: William M. Arnold, designated Company “A.” “Lookout Infrantry;” Captain, John H. Hannah, designated Company “B.” “Beauregard Volunteers;” Captain, Charles D. Anderson, designated Company “C.” “Butts Volunteers;” Captain, James M. Newton, designated Company “D.” “Crawford Grays;” Captain, Wilde C. Cleveland, desginated Company “E.” “Mitchell Independents;” Captain, Edward H. Shackleford, designated Company “F.” “Butler Vanguards;” Captain, John T. Griffin, designated Company “G.” “Baker Fire-Eaters;” Captain, Alfred H. Colquitt, designated Company “H.” “Twiggs Guards;” Captain John W. Barclay, designated Company “I.” “Gilmer Blues;” Captain John T. Lofton, designated Company “K.”

Upon organizing the Regiment, Captain Alfred H. Colquitt, of Company “H,” was elected Colonel.

Captain James M. Newton, of Company “D,” was elected Lieutenant-Colonel; and Philemon Tracy, Editor of the Georiga (Macon) Telegraph, was elected Major. It is but justice to the Regiment, to state in this connection, that this was the first Confederate Regiment to tender its services to the Government for three years, or during the existence of the war. On the next day, (27th.,) the Regiment thus organized, left Atlanta for Yorktown, Va., whither it had been ordered for duty. Arrived at Yorktown, the 2nd. of June, and temporarily attached to a brigade commanded by, Brig. Gen. Gabriel J. Raines, (of torpedo notoriety.) Our Company was now, in connexion with the balance of the Regiment, assigned a long, laborious task of fatigue duty, fortifying Yorktown, against the approaches of the enemy to Richmond, up the Peninsula. With this exception, we remained comparitively inactive during the remainder of the year, except an occasional tramp down to Big Bethel, to watch the manoevres of the enemy, which he occasionally demonstrated from that quarter. Shortly after our arrival at Yorktown, Colonel Colquitt superseded General Raines in command of the brigade, and commanded it with the rank of Colonel, acting brigadier General, till 1862, when he was commissioned Brigadier General. To this Brigade, we were permanently attached, and so continued until the close of the war.

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