Over the past several weeks I have found myself in Georgia for two separate trips. Besides hosting the Battle of Chickamauga, Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea, Georgia is the final resting place for many of the Confederacy’s most prominent and accomplished officers. Interestingly, these two trips took me in opposite directions, allowing me to visit cemeteries in several cities: Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Washington and Savannah.
In 1860, Georgia had a population of slightly more than 1 million men, women and children. During four years of unrelenting war she would send over 100,000 men to serve in all branches of the Confederate military. Her soldiers would die on battlefields from Vicksburg to Charleston and Gettysburg to Olustee. Early in the war the state of Georgia did not host any significant battles. That would change in September 1863 when US Major General William Starke Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland was attacked by CSA General Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee. Nearly 35,000 soldiers would become casualties in Georgia’s first major battle: Chickamauga. Over the next eighteen months over 500 actions would take place in the state. Some of the battles would be epic in nature (Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta and Jonesborough) while others would be much smaller affairs (Griswoldville, Columbus and Waynesboro). Officers and soldiers from Georgia would be killed in battle in far flung locales and near their homes. The more fortunate of her sons would return home to lead a productive life. This photo essay is dedicated to the men from Georgia who fought four hard years for what they believed in.
Some of the officers I paid my respects to are well known: John Brown Gordon, Ambrose R. Wright, E. Porter Alexander, Alfred Iverson, Jr. and Lafayette McLaws. Others you will not know as well: James P. Simms, Dudley M. Du Bose, Marcellus A. Stovall and Jeremy F. Gilmer. All served for what they believed in and a few were killed in action: Francis S. Bartow, Thomas R.R. Cobb and W.H.T. Walker.
Take some time and view my photo essay on these brave men who served bravely for a cause they were sworn to. You can view my collection by clicking HERE.