Washington Wayne Waters was born June 24, 1844 in Bulloch County, GA to John Barber Waters and Martha Lanier. His parents moved to Appling County in about 1850 are shown on the census in the area that is now a part of Bacon County.
Civil War Experiences: During the spring of 1862--when he was just shy of his 18th birthday, the 50th Infantry Regiment was organized at Savannah, Georgia, and he enlisted. Its members were recruited in the counties of Ware, Coffee, Lowndes, Thomas, De Kalb, Clinch, Colquitt, Berrien and Brooks Counties. After serving in the District of Georgia, the 50th moved to Virginia and was assigned to General Drayton's, Semmes's, Bryan's, and Simms' Brigade.
It participated in the campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from SECOND MANASSAS to GETTYSBURG, and then was ordered back to Georgia. However, the unit did not arrive in time to share in the Battle of Chickamauga. It was involved in the Knoxville operations and later the conflicts at THE WILDERNESS, SPOTSYLVANIA, and COLD HARBOR.
The regiment fought with Gen. Early in the Shenadoah Valley and ended the war at APPOMATTOX. There were 29 killed and 97 wounded at SHARPSBURG and 17 killed and 153 wounded at CHANCELLORSVILLE. It lost thirty percent of the 302 engaged at Gettysburg, had many disabled at SAYLER'S CREEK, and surrendered with 1 captain, 2 lieutenants, 2 surgeons, and 25 men. The field officers were Colonels William R. Manning and Peter McGlashan; Lieutenant Colonels William O. Fleming, Francis Kearse, and Pliny Sheffield; and Majors Duncan Curry, P.C. Pendleton, and John M. Spence.
He was captured and imprisoned during the Battle of Sayler's Creek April 6, 1865.
* POW 10/19/1864 Cedar Creek, VA*
*Paroled 2/13/1865 Point Lookout, MD*
*Transferred 2/13/1865 Point Lookout, MD To Boulware's Wharf, VA (For exchange)*
*Received 2/14/1865 Boulware's Wharf, VA*
After the war, he married Lavina Dora Ann Waldron b 9-22-1848 in Ware County, GA. She was the daughter of Oliver Asbury Waldron and Chloe Howard. He and Dora had 7 children before she died of typhoid in 1884. Washington then married Sarah Jane Spell b 6-14-1862 who was the daughter of James Spell and Sarah Jane Bagley of the Bickley community. He and Sarah had 9 more children, making him the father of 16 children before he died February 1, 1917.
Submitted by: This military history record for Washington Wayne Waters was written by his great-great grand daughter, Sherry Harrell. Sherry is also working on his family sketch. Burial marker was ordered by Gaynell Sasser on March 27, 2006, arrived on June 13,2006, and placed in the Bagley Cemetery, Ware County, Georgia by Jerry Van Herrin on September 17, 2006.