45th Georgia Infantry Regiment

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Soldier's Notes


Private Matthew Everett Morton (born May 20, 1839), Company F, enlisted in Clinton, GA where he made his home and was paid an enlistment bounty of $50.00. He wrote a letter while "3 miles north Richmond Va" on Saturday, May 31st 1862. Private Morton died on July 21, 1862 as a result of exposure during battle. His obituary was carried in the August 12, 1862 issue of The Christian Index. It stated that he died in a private house in Richmond on July 20, 1862 and died of fatigue, pneumonia and typhoid fever, and that his brother was with him. The brother was Melvin Harris Morton who also enlisted with him in Company F of the 45th Georgia. Matthew is buried in some unknown place in or near Richmond, Virginia. He was one of four brothers who served in the Confederate Army, including Melvin, mentioned above; Thomas Henry Morton, a private in a Louisiana infantry regiment, died at Vicksburg on May 25, 1863 and is interred in a military cemetery there; and William Troup Morton, who served as a private in Company H (Captain R. T. Ross commanding) of Major W.A. Lofton's Battalion of the Georgia Sixth Infantry Regiment (State Guards). He was temporarily attached to Compamy B, Lofton's Rgt. by order of Major General Cobb on September 28, 1863. He returned to Clinton (Jones County) after the war.

At the beginning of the hostilities James Madison Gray, a wealthy Jones County farmer, organized and equipped at his own expense a military company of Jones County men and boys that were known as "Gray's Volunteers." This company later became Company "F" 45th Infantry Regiment, Georgia Volunteers commanded by Col. Thomas Hardeman. According to official battle reports, this company experienced severe battle action in the operations around Richmond, VA, during 1862 to repel the Union Army thrust up the York and James River Peninsula.

1st Lt. William Anderson Chambers was the only surviving officer of Company G (Myrick Volunteers), 45th Georgia Regiment, at Appomattox on April 9, 1865.

Private Jasper A. Gillespie, Company B (Rutland Volunteers), enlisted February 26, 1862 and was killed in action at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, on May 12, 1864.

Private James Hathcock, Company C, was killed on May 3, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville. The burial site is unknown.

Captain William Mazyck Davis, Company H, was wounded on June 26, 1862 at the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek, also known as the Battle of Mechanicsville, and lost his leg. His son, John Gamble Davis, also served in Company H.

John Gamble Davis enlisted as a private for three or six months in Company C, 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Ramsey's) on June 20, 1861 and was mustered out at Augusta, Georgia on March 18, 1862. He then enlisted in Company H (Henderson Rangers), 45th Regiment, Georgia Infantry on April 22, 1862 and was promoted to Sergeant Major.

Private Samuel Houston Bush, Company B, was wounded in the shoulder at Gettysburg and left for capture. Was later released in a prisoner exchange at City Point, Virginia. His three brothers, Private Albert M. Bush, Captain Warren Bush, and Private William H.H. Bush all enlisted in Company B in April of 1862.

1st Sergeant John N. Phillips, Company I (the Byars Volunteers) was born in Butts County, Georgia in 1840. He surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia on April 9, 1865. His brother, Private George W. Phillips also served in Company I and was killed in action at Frazier's Farm, Virginia on June 30, 1862.

Private William James Milner was the flag bearer of Company K.

Private William H. DeWees, Company B, received a head wound during the Battle of the Wilderness and was taken prisoner on May 6, 1864.

2nd Corporal Thomas A. Musselwhite, Company C, was born in Dooly County, Georgia on April 5, 1829. Pension records show that he was discharged, disability, at Bunker Hill, (West) Virginia, November 1862. Roll for February 28, 1865, last on file, shows him absent without leave from February 15, 1865.

Private William Alexander Woodruff, Company C, is buried at Snow Methodist Church, Dooly County, Georgia.

Private Joseph Benjamin Barrett, Company H, from Fort Valley, Houston County, Georgia was captured at the Battle of the Wilderness. He moved to Texas after the war, died in Collin County in approximately 1886 and is buried in Old Hall Cemetery, Lewisville, Texas.

Private William Alexander Woodruff, Company C, was wounded at Chickahominy, Virginia, ending his service in the regiment. The “minie ball wound caused his leg to perish,” according to his pension application.

Private John C. Hampton joined Company H in Perry, Georgia and died May 24, 1862 at Guinea Station, Virginia.

Private Wiley William Hickman, Company D, was wounded at the Wilderness on May 6, 1864 and died at General Hospital #2 in Lynchburg, Virginia sometime during January of 1865.

Private James Henry Thompson, Company E, enlisted at age 21 in the Taylor Volunteers on 3/4/1862. He was wounded on 8/9/1862 at Cedar Run, Va and again on 5/6/1864 at the Wilderness in VA. He was taken POW on 3/25/1865 in Petersburg, VA and released 6/21/1866 from Point Lookout, MD. He was hospitalized at least once at Chimborazo hospital in VA, before his capture. James was promoted from 5th sergeant to 4th sergeant on 5/1/1864. Small consolation for being wounded the same week.

Captain Daniel S. Redding, Company D, joined the regiment as a 2nd Sergeant on March 4, 1862. Elected 2nd Lieutenant on September 25, 1862; 1st Lieutenant on December 23, 1862; Captain on January 23, 1865. He was captured at Petersburg, Virginia on April 2, 1865 during the Breakthrough Battle. Released at Johnson's Island, Ohio on June 19, 1865.



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