Confederate Regiments & Batteries > Georgia


“Bartow Light Infantry”

1861
June Organized at Griffin, Georgia under Colonel Walton Ector, Lieutenant Colonel Marcellus Douglass, and Major James M. Smith.

Company A – “Confederate Guards” – Pike County – Captain John Harris Baker
Company B – “Meriwether Volunteers – Meriwether and Troup Counties – Captain James McCalley
Company C – “Ringgold Rangers” – Spalding County – Captain John L. Moore
Company D – “Upson Volunteers” – Upson County – Captain Thomas S. Sharman
Company E – “Randolph Volunteers” – Randolph and Terrell Counties – Captain William A. Clark
Company F – “Fayette Rangers” – Fayette County – Captain William Glass
Company G –  “Early Guards” – Early County – Captain Joel T. Crawford
Company H – “Panola Rifles” – Terrell County – Captain R.T. Spearman
Company I – “Stark Volunteers” – Spalding County – Captain E.W. Robinson
Company K – “Evans Guards” – Troup County – Captain James Long

Summer In western Virginia
September 25
Sewell’s Mountain

Captain Baker of Company A was wounded and 1st Lieutenant John H. Mitchell of Company A was wounded.

October 29 Captain William Glass of Comany F resigned.
October 17 Lieutenant Samuel W. Jones was elected captain of Comany F.
November 3 Captain R. T. Spearman of Company H died in Virginia.
November 17 Lieutenant R. T. Maltby was elected captain of Company H.
December Ordered to Charleton, South Carolina
December 12 Lieutenant W.W. Hartsfield was elected captain of Company D.
December 13 Lieutenant D.A. Kidd of Company K was elected captain.
1862
February 1 Colonel Ector died in Greenville, Georgia, where he had hoped to recover his health. Lieutenant Colonel Douglass was promoted to colonel, and Major Smith was promoted to lieutenant colonel. Captain John Harris Baker of Company A was promoted to major, and Lieutenant John Mitchell was elected Captain of Company A.
Spring Whitemarch Island
April 23 Captain William Clark of Company E resigned. Lieutenant Benjamin F. Brooks was elected captain as his replacement.
mid-June Moved from Georgia to Virginia and attached to Lawton’s Brigade, Jackson’s Division, Army of the Valley
June 27
Cold Harbor

Lieutenant Colonel Smith was badly wounded, and Major Baker and Captain Mitchell of Company A were also wounded. Captain Crawford of Company F was mortally wounded, and would die in December.

July 1
Malvern Hill

Major Baker was wounded for the third time. Lieutenant William H. McKey of Company C was wounded. He would not return to duty due to his wound.

August 20 Attached to Lawton’s Brigade, Ewell’s Division, Jackson’s Command, Army of Nothern Virginia
August 28-30
Second Battle of Manassas

The regiment lost 9 men killed and 19 wounded. Colonel Douglass took command of the brigade when General Lawton took over the division after General Ewell was wounded.

September 17
Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)

The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Divany A. Kidd. It lost 48 men killed and 166 wounded. Colonel Douglass was killed commanding the brigade just south of the Cornfield. Lieutenants James Adair of Company B, Edwin Dallas of Company D, Edwin Bass of Company H and J.D. Hill of Company K were killed. Lieutenant James Andrews of Company D was wounded.

September Lieutenant Colonel Smith was elected colonel. Captain Marcellus Douglas was promoted to lieutenant clonel. Major Baker was promoted to lieutenant colonel, with rank to date from September 17, Captain John Moore of Company C was elected major, and Lieutenant William H. McKey was elected to captain of Company C.
October 6 Captain Harris of Company A resigned due to disability. Lieutenant E.L. Connally was elected captain to replace him.
December 2 Captain Benjamin Brooks of Company E resigned. Lieutenant Singleton Thornton was elected captain to replace him.
December 8 Lieutenant Virgil T. Nunnally was eelected captain of Company F.
December 20 Captain E.W. Robinson of Company I resigned due to disability. Lieutenant Fred D. Dismuke was elected captain to replace him.
1863
April 11 Attached to Gordon’s Brigade of Early’s Division of the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia
May 1-4
Battle of Chancellorsville
June 13-15
Second Battle of Winchester

The regiment lost 13 casualties.

July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Colonel James M. Smith and brought 312 men to the field. It lost 37 men killed, 75 wounded and 25 missing. Captain Virgil T. Nunnally and Lieutenant R.W. Meacham were both killed on July 1 in the attack on the Union Eleventh Corps north of Gettysburg.  Lieutenant R.W. Meacham of Company B was killed. Captain Hartsfield of Company D  and Lieutenant Baker were captured.

July 27 Lieutenant Benjamin Powell of Company D was killed at Winchester.
August 7 Captain McCalley of Company B resigned. Lieutenant J.T. Horsely was elected captain as his replacement.
December 14 Colonel James M. Smith resigned after having been elected to the Confederate Congress. Lieutenant Colonel Baker was elected colonel, although still a Federal prisoner. Captain Samuel Jones of Company F was elected major.
1864
February 17 Captain Fred Dismuke of Company I resigned due to disability. Lieutenant Mitchel Shatteen was elected captain to take his place.
February 17 Captain Fred Dismuke of Company I resigned due to disability. Lieutenant Mitchel Shatteen was elected captain to take his place.
March 1
April 4 Captain Singleton Thornton of Company E resigned. Lieutenant William R. Redding was elected as his replacement.
April 8 Captain Connally of Company A resigned due to disability.
May 4-5
Battle of the Wilderness

Colonel Baker was exchanged and took command of the regiment.

May 12
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Jones was killed. Major Maltby was elected lieutenant colonel.

May 21 Attached to Evan’s Brigade of Gordon’s Division of the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia
June 1-4
Battle of Cold Harbor
June 13 Attached to Evans’ Brigade of Gordon’s Division of the Army of the Valley
June 17-18 Battle of Lynchburg
June 19-21 Pursuit of Hunter
June 22 Day of rest at Salem
June 23-26 Advance into the Shenandoah Valley to Staunton
June 28-July 2 Advance from Staunton to near Harpers Ferry
July 5-6 Crossed the Potomac at Boteler’s Ford and advances to west of Frederick
July 9
Battle of Monocacy

Colonel Baker was wounded. Lieutenant Burwell Lawrence of Company I was killed.

July 10 The advance on Washington continued through an extremely hot day.
July 11-12 Battle of Fort Stevens
July 13-15 Left Washington, crossed the Potomac at White’s Ford, and marched across Loudon County.
July 16 Crossed the Blue Ridge at Snickers Gap to Berryville
July 19 Moved to Strasburg
July 24 Second Battle of Kernstown
August 8 At Bunker Hill
August 10 To Winchester
August 12 To Fisher’s Hill
August 17 Returned to Winchester and Bunker Hill.
August 22 To Charles Town
August 25-26 Feint toward Williamsport and return to Bunker Hill.
September 5 To Winchester
September 19
Third Battle of Winchester

Colonel John H. Baker was wounded. Captain Shatteen of Company I was killed. Captain Horsley of Company B was wounded and captured. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Maltbie took command of the regiment.

September 22
Battle of Fisher’s Hill

Captain William R. Redding of Company E was mortally wounded. Captain T.G. Meadows of Company H was captured. Lieutenant James Head was elected captain of Company H.

October 3 Lieutenant William Kaigler was elected captain of Company E.
October 19
Battle of Cedar Creek
December 9 Returned with Gordon’s Division from the Shenandoah Valley to the Richmond area. Attached to Gordon’s Division, Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
1865
March 25
Fort Steadman

Colonel Baker was wounded for the eighth and final time. Lieutenant Colonel R.T. Maltby took command of the regiment. Captain Kidd of Company K was killed.

April 9
Appomattox Court House

The regiment surrendered 12 officers and 161 enlisted men under the command of Lieutenant Colonel R.T. Maltby.