Screven County Military Heritage
The bloodiest day of the war for the 25th of GA,was Sept 19, 1863 at Chickamauga .On the morning of that day the opposing armies were deployed along the road leading from Atlanta to Chattanooga,with the Union army on the west and the Confederates to the east across a north flowing creek called Chickamauga. General George H. Thomas of the Union army heard a report that there was a stray Confederate brigade at a place called Jay's mill. He sent Brannen's division to capture this brigade. What Brannen's men actually found was not a lost unit, but the northern end of Braxton Bragg's Confederate army. Men of Croxton brigade, part of Brannen's division,sent a facetious message back to General Thomas' headquarters asking which of the many Confederate brigades they found at Jay's Mill they were supposed to capture.
The map of the deployment of forces at Chichakamauga at this time shows that Wilson's rebel brigade was at Jay's
Mill, fact to face with Croxton's bridgade of Yankees. So it was the boys from Screven County, along with their
brigade mates, who bore the brunt of the first collision as two huge
armies clashed in battle. The battle was a Confederate victory, brought at high price. The Screven
County units lost a t least thirteen men killed in action that day. The Ogeechee Rifles lost Lt..Col.Andrew J. Williams,their original captain, along with Simeon J. Brinson,George W. Jenkins, Marion McBride,John M. Rogers, James L Scott, John H. Thompson, and Miles T Waters. For the Black Creek Volunteers, those who died at Chickamauga were Lt.. Warren Overstreet and Edward Connelly. Losses for Brown's Light Infantry were Absalom Best, John R. Moore, and Thomas J. Morgan.
Screven men of the 25th wounded at Chickamauga were Joseph B Jarrell of the Black Creek Vol,Abram Burke, John H Gill, and Robert Washington Williams of the Ogeechee Rifles, and Levi Howard, William Lane and John M Roberts of Brown's Light Infantry.
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