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51st Regiment,
Georgia Volunteer Infantry


This regiment was formed in March, 1862, and sent to South Carolina. Before going to Virginia, it was engaged at Secessionville, South Carolina. It served with the Army of Northern Virginia from July, 1862 until it's surrender at Appomattox Court House, except during Longstreet's 1863 expedition to Georgia and Tennessee. Upon reaching Virginia, it was assigned to Drayton's Brigade. After the Battle of Antietam, the 51st Regiment was permanently assigned to Paul Jones Semmes's Brigade. The subsequent brigade commanders were Goode Bryant and James P. Simms.

The regiment was organized as follows:

Field staff and band

Colonel -

  • William Marion Slaughter (March 22, 1862 thru May 2, 1863, Killed at Chancellorsville, Virginia)
  • Edward Ball (May 2, 1863 thru November 13, 1864, Died of wounds received at Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864)
  • James Dickey (November 12, 1864 thru end of war )
  • Lieutenant Colonel -

  • James Dickey (January 14, 1864 thru November 12, 1864, Promoted to Colonel)
  • John P. Crawford (November 12, 1864 thru end of the war)
  • Major

  • Oliver Preston Anthony (March 22, 1862 thru May 2, 1863, Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel)
  • Henry M. Dunwoody (May 2, 1863 thru July 2, 1863, Killed at Gettysburg)
  • James Dickey (July 2, 1863 thru January 14, 1864, Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel)
  • John P. Crawford (January 14, 1864 thru November 12, 1864, Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel)
  • Adjutant

  • Frederick H. West (October 2, 1862 thru July 15, 1864, Dropped from rolls for prolonged absence without leave)
  • J. P. Gravis (July 15, 1864 (?) thru November 5, 1864 (?))
  • James J. Kiddoo (November 5, 1864 thru April 6, 1865. Captured at Sailor's Creek, Virginia and released from Johnson's Island, Ohio on June 18, 1865)
  • Companies

  • Company A - Early Volunteers (Early County)
  • Company B - Lee Guards (Lee County)
  • Company C - Mitchell Van Guards (Mitchell County)
  • Company D - Miller Guards (Baker, Colquitt and Miller Counties)
  • Company E - Pochitla Guards (Baker and Calhoun Counties)
  • Company F - Terrell Infantry (Terrell County)
  • Company G - Harrison Volunteers (Quitman County)
  • Company H - Randolph Rangers (Randolph County)
  • Company I - Clay Volunteers (Clay County)
  • Company K - Dougherty Grays (Dougherty County)
  • Assignments

  • 2nd Military District of South Carolina, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (May-June 1862)
  • 1st Military District of South Carolina, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (June-July 1862)
  • Drayton's Brigade, Drayton's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (July 1862)
  • Drayton's Brigade, D. R. Jones' Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (August-October 1862)
  • Drayton's Brigade, McLaws' Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (October-November 1862)
  • Semmes'-Bryan's Brigade, McLaw's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (November 1862-September 1863)
  • Bryan's Brigade, McLaw's Division, Longstreet's Corps, Army of Tennessee (September-November 1863)
  • Bryan's Brigade, McLaw's-Kershaw's Division, Department of East Tennessee (November 1863-April 1864)
  • Bryan's Brigade, Kershaw's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (April-August 1864)
  • Bryan's Brigade, Kershaw's Division, Valley District (August-November 1864)
  • Bryan's-Simms' Brigade, Kershaw's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (November 1864-April 1865)
  • (Excerpted from the Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia, by Stewart Sifakis, published by Facts on File [out of print])

    Battles

  • Secessionville (June 16, 1862)
  • Second Bull Run (August 28-30, 1862)
  • South Mountain (September 14, 1862)
  • Antietam (September 17, 1862)

  • Drayton's Brigade homepage

    3d S.C. Batt'n / 15th S.C.V. / 51st GA / Phillips Legion


    Last updated 16 February 2002 at 1645 hrs.

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