BRANTLEY COUNTY HISTORICAL AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY,
Brantley County Ancestry were Involved in
Battles of Northern Virginia
Under Command of Gen. Robert E. Lee!
Tribute to Alton J. Murray: As a descendant of a C. S. A. soldier, I "tire" of reading federal exposes' of "The War of Southern Independence." Regardless to who won, I wanted to know the personal involvement of my Great Grandpa.
Alton J. Murray has provided us with such a book on the 26th Georgia Regiment; "South Georgia Rebels," by Alton J. Murray.
It's one of the most informative and authoritative books ever written on that regiment. These web-pages pay tribute to the memory of a southern gentleman who was gracious in his Civil War heritage.
The last known source for his book was through Judge Ben Smith, P. O. Box 1586, Waycross, Ga., 31502. Cost in April, 2000, was $35.00, includes p/h.
Company Rosters for the 26th Georgia Regiment were Extracted from "Alton J. Murray's South Georgia Rebels," by Thomas Earl Cleland.
Brantley County lands were realigned from Charlton, Pierce, and Wayne Counties. Wayne and Pierce Counties contributed the largest geographical area, as well as population. Earlier in history, portions of Ware had been realigned to Pierce, portions of Glynn to Wayne, and portions of Camden to Charlton and Wayne Counties, and subsequently to the new Brantley County . With the realignment of these lands came residents, the pioneers of southeast Georgia. Although identified with other counties, some of these Georgia patriots lived in the geographical area which is now known as Brantley County. We are unable to accurately identify all those Brantley County boys, but perhaps you can.
The 26th Georgia Regiment was under the command of General Robert E. Lee during the War of Southern Independence. South Georgia boys were fighting the battles of Northern Virginia while Sherman was marching through Georgia.
You will observe a scarcity of information on some veterans. Researchers are reminded that the 26th Georgia Regiment was heavily involved in battle skirmishes throughout their 3 � year campaign in Northern Virginia. No other Civil War campaign lasted as long. Surviving the natural elements of Virginia, as well as fierce battles against federal troops was their number one priority. Pen and paper maintenance of Company records took a distant, less priority to loading-ramming and shooting of weapons. Numerous records and accounts were destroyed through the natural evolution of events.
ACTIVITIES of 26TH REGIMENT - "Story Gordon's Bull"