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Chapter 2

Chapter II.



 

We will now note the changes that occurred in the membership of the Company, during this year, with the names of those who died of disease contracted in the service.

Upon the organization of the Regiment, as before stated, 1st Lieutenant Charles H. Richardson, was elected Surgeon; his heath failing, he resigned, returned home, and after recovering his health, organized a company, and went again to the service as Captain in the 57th Georgia Regiment, (Infantry.) In this position he remained to the close of the war. It is but simple justice to Dr. Richardson to state that, during the time he was connected with our Regiment as Surgeon, the Regiment passed through that worst of army scourges, the measles. The Regiment was composed principally of young men, who were subject to this fell destroyer. Dr. Richardson was incessant in his efforts, day and night, to alleviate the sufferings of the victims, till his health failed, and he resigned at the advice of his friends. He will long be remembered by those who survived the disease under his skill and untiring energy in their behalf.

Third Lieut. Seaborn S. Mimms, was elected First Lieutenant, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of 1st Lieut. Charles H. Richardson. He soon resigned this position, returned home, and enrolled himself with the 57th Regiment, Georgia Volunteers, (Infantry.) In this position he remained to the close of the war.

Second Lieutenant Bartlett M. Bateman, wholly disapproving of the course pursued by the Company, under Colonel Colquitt’s order for filling vacancies by election, instead of promotion, declared the course to be unprecedented, and at varience with good discipline and the Army Regulations; whereupon, he resigned, returned home, and enrolled himself with the 8th Georgia Cavalry. With this command he remained to the close of the war.

Upon the resignation of 1st Lieut. Seaborn S. Mimms, Dr. William I. Greene, not then a member of the Company, was elected to fill his place. He accepted the position. This occurred at the time the Regiment was scourged with the measles. Lieut. Greene assisted Surgeon Richardson in prescribing for, and nursing the sick. There were, at one time, in our Company alone, including sick and convalescents, seventy cases, victims to this dread scourge. His health soon failed, and he retired from field service, and was assigned to hospital duty, as Surgeon, in Macon, Georgia.

Upon the organization of the 45th Georgia Regiment, he again volunteered as Surgeon to that regiment. He was soon

compelled to again retire from field-service, on account of continued ill health. Governor Brown now appointed him Surgeon-General of the 23rd Senatorial District, Georgia State troops. This imposed upon Dr. Greene, a high and responsible duty, which he performed ably and faithfully.

When the Georgia Militia were called into active service 1864, he again volunteered as Surgeon to the 3rd Militia regiment in General C. D. Anderson’s Brigade. The Medical department finding him still unable for field service, assigned him to hospital duty, where he remained to the close of the war.

Second Sergeant James M. Culpepper, who had been elected 3rd Lieut., to fill the vacancy caused by the election of 3rd Lieutenant Mimms to the office of 1st Lieutenant, was now promoted to the office of 1st Lieutenant. And Private Thos. S. Jones was elected 2nd Lieutenant, and Private Emanuel Aultman was elected 3rd Lieutenant. His health soon failing, he resigned and returned home. 5th Corporal Jonathan D. Cowart was elected to fill his place. Private John M. Miller was appointed Sergeant-Major of the Regiment. Orderly Sergeant William W. Carnes, having been elected to a Lieutenancy in another Command, was transferred. Name of command not recollected. Private Jefferson M. Gray was elected to fill his place. 3rd Sergeant George W. Bateman was dishcharged on the grounds of his physical disability. He returned to the company in 1863, and remained with it to the close of the war. 4th Sergeant Amos W. Murray was promoted 2nd Sergeant to fill the vacancy made by the election of 2nd Sergeant Culpepper to the 3rd Lieutenacy. 5th Sergeant Isaac N. Vinson was promoted 3rd Sergeant to fill the place of 4th Sergeant Murray, promoted. Private Samuel Felder was elected 4th Sergeant. 1st Corporal Joel L. Disker was promoted 5th Sergeant. 2nd Corporal Leonidas Brown, was promoted 1st Corporal. 3rd Corporal Hiley was promoted 2nd Corporal. 4th Corporal Thomas S. Clark was promoted 3rd Corporal. 5th Corporal Reuben A. Kilby was promoted 4th Corporal, and Private Jonathan D. Cowart was elected 5th Corporal. 3rd Corporal Thomas S. Clark died, and Private Bryant Vinson was elected to fill the vacancy. 5th Corporal Jonathan D. Cowart, was elected 2nd Lieutenant, and Private George W. Cheves was elected to fill the vacancy.

Privates Solomon Aultman, John W. Gatling, Robert A. Miller and Samuel Gassett were discharged on account of age and physical infirmaties. Private William S. Haddock, discharged upon the grounds of physical disabiltiy, returned again to the Company in 1864, and remained to the close of the war. Private F. M. Murray, discharged upon the grounds of physical disability, afterward entered the service with the 57th Georgia Regiment, (Infantry,) and was killed in battle. Private Spencer R. Sledge discharged on account of physical disability, soon after went into the Marine service at Savannah, Ga., where he shortly afterward died. Privates Geo. W. Piles, and George C. Plant were discharged upon the grounds of physical disability, but afterward went into the service with the 57th Georgia Regiment, (Infantry,) as also did Private David H. Hiley, who had been similarly discharged. In this position they remained to the close of the war. Private Wiley T. Sledge died at his home in Houston county Georgia. Privates William Hampton, and William Young died at Yorktown Virginia, of disease contracted in the service.

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NOTE.--We omitted to state in its proper time and place that Private Geo. M. D. Hunt was elected 3d Corporal, and filled the interim between the death of 3d Corporal Thos. S. Clark and his own death, which occurred soon after his election. Then private Theophilus Hardison was elected to fill the vacancy; he soon died, and Private Bryant Vinson was elected. Also, Priviate Emanuel Aultman was elected 3d Sergeant after the discharge of 3d Sergeant Geo. W. Bateman. He filled this place till he was elected 3d Lieutenant. Then 5th Sergt. Isaac N. Vinson, was promoted to his place. Also, Privates J. N. Hightower and Edward Dinkins were discharged the grounds of physical disability. They afterwards united with the 57th Regiment Georgia Volunteers, and remained with it to the close of the war.

Also, that Privates Daniel Vinson and Leavin Vinson, were discharged upon the grounds of physical disability. Daniel re-entered the service with the 8th Georgia Cavalry. Leavin did not again re-enter on account of continued feeble health.

We will also further note in this connection, that 3d Corporal Thos. S. Clark was the first to die of disease contracted in the service, and Private William Hampton the second. The deaths of all who died of disease contracted in the service, occurred successively as they stand rotated in their proper places, or as nearly so as the facts could be arrived at.