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Henry County Ala. Company in the 38th Georgia Regt *PIC*

Hello, Did you know a Company from Henry County Alabama served in the 38th Georgia Regiment from May of 1862, until March of 1863? These brave men were from Henry County, Alabama and served with the 38th Ga. through some of the horrific battles of the war, including Gaines Mill, Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Harpers Ferry, Antietam, Shepardstown Ford, and Fredericksburg. The 38th Georgia Regiment was part of the famed Lawtons-Gordon's-Evans Brigade. This Alabama company was then transferred to the 60th Georgia, much against their will and the will of the soldier's of the 38th Ga., as these men had become very much attached to each other. The 60th Georgia Regiment was also part of the same brigade as the 38th Georgia. Finally, this company was transferred to the 61st Alabama in April of 1864, where they finished out the war with their Alabama brethren. I thought your SCV camps might have descendants of these soldiers who may be interested in the history of this gallant regiment. Please see below for my recently released book details, also attached is the cover of the book. Please pass on to your members and I would talking with any descendants about their ancestors that served in the 38th Georgia. Thank you, Y.O.S. D. Gary Nichols


This company was first organized and led by Capt Henry L. Jones. Many members of this company came from Henry Co., Alabama. The town of Franklin, Alabama was the meeting place where the company was organized and was located near the Georgia border with Alabama. In Dec/1861, 3d Co. E, 25th Georgia Inf., this company ("Irwin Invincibles," afterwards "Henry Light Infantry"), was ordered from West Virginia to Georgia by the Secretary of War. It arrived in Georgia 1/12/1862, and went into camp near Savannah, Georgia and was assigned to the Company E, 25th Georgia Infantry. Many members of this company were transferred to form 2d Co. I, 38th Georgia Infantry on May 2nd, 1862. While assigned to the 38th Georgia, this Company saw some of the most horrific battles of the war, including in the battles of Gaines Mill, 2nd Manassas, Antietam, and Fredericksburg, plus several smaller affairs. On 3/1/1863, it was again transferred and became 2d Co. A, 60th Georgia Infantry. It was written the men of the 38th Georgia and this company both vigorously protested the transfer of the company to the 60th Georgia, as they had become attached to each other and had forged deep bonds of camaraderie upon numerous fields of battle. Finally, this company was transferred for the last time and became Company K, 61st AL. Inf., 4/11/1864. The company served with the 38th Georgia from May 1862, until March 1st, 1863.

My book titled "Hurrah for Georgia! The History of the 38th Georgia Regiment," was released on 15 June 2017 and the first printing is sold out.

New orders are now being accepted for the second printing and the target release date is on or about 1 Aug. If you would like to reserve a copy of my second printing please let know how many copies you'd like to reserve and I'll contact you with payment details as we get closer to the delivery date. This will be a limited printing, so please reserve your book now so you don't miss out like many did for the last edition.

Companies of the 38th Georgia were from the following Counties in Georgia and Alabama:

Company A – “The Murphy Guards,” DeKalb County, Georgia

Company B, “The Milton Guards,” Milton County, Georgia (Currently Fulton County)

Company C, “The Ben Hill Guards,” Bulloch & Emanuel Counties, Georgia

Company D, "The McCullough Rifles," DeKelab & Fulton Counties

Company E, “The Tom Cobb Infantry,” Oglethorpe County, Georgia

Company F, “Thornton’s Line Volunteers,” Hart and Elbert Counties, Georgia

Company G, “The Battey Guards,” Jefferson County, Georgia

Company H, “The Goshen Blues,” Elbert County, Georgia

Company I, "Irwin's Invincibles," Henry County, Alabama

Company K, “DeKalb & Fulton Bartow Avengers,” DeKalb and Fulton County, Georgia

Company L, Chestatee Artillery, Forsyth County, Georgia

Company N, “The Dawson Farmers,” Dawson County, Georgia

Joe Thompson Artillery, Fulton County, Georgia

The 38th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment, was part of Lawton's - Gordon's-Evans' Georgia Brigade. The 38th Georgia was in the thick of the fight in nearly every major battle fought by the Army of Northern Virginia. Few Confederate regiments can claim they were at the crux of key battles, time and time again. They broke the Federal line and captured five pieces of artillery at the battle of Gaines Mill, as part of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's Corp. They opened the battle of Second Manassas, marching out from their covered position behind the unfinished railroad cut to attack the Union Division marching down the Warrenton Turnpike. They fired the first shots in the battle of Antietam, just before daybreak at the southern edge of Miller's cornfield.

When Stonewall Jackson's line was broken at the battle of Fredericksburg, near Prospect Hill, The Georgia Brigade and 38th Georgia Regiment were called on to lead the counterattack, successfully expelling Gen. George Meade's Federals from the Confederate rear and sealing the breach. They participated in the Confederate attack on the right flank of the Union Army at Gettysburg, crushing their right wing, capturing hundreds of Yankee prisoners and sending the survivors reeling through the streets of Gettysburg. They launched a counterattack on the first day of the battle of the Wilderness, breaking the famed Union "Iron Brigade." They joined General Gordon's flank attack that nearly unhinged General U. S. Grant's army the very next day.

They suffered under the juggernaut of the massive Federal attack at Spotsylvania Court House and were part of the Confederate counterattack that stopped the Federals cold, saving General Lee's army from certain annihilation. They marched to the gates of Washington, DC, with Early's Second Corp during the summer of 1864. They endured severe hardship and intense suffering in the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia in the final months of the war. Finally. they marched to Appomattox Court House with the remnants of General Lee's army, as the curtain fell on the Army of Northern Virginia in April of 1865.

They traveled to Virginia 1,200 strong in the Spring of 1862, but only 107 soldiers remained in the ranks of the 38th Georgia to see the regiment surrender at Appomattox Court House. The survivors walked home to Georgia, a journey of some 400 miles, not knowing if their homes were even standing, after Sherman's devastating March to the Sea. Few Confederate regiments witnessed so many pivotal moments in history of the Army of Northern Virginia and this is their story....

The book contains a complete roster (over 70 pages) listing over 1,600 who once belonged to the regiment, along with valuable genealogy information for each soldier, such as dates of birth, places of birth, death dates, burial locations, and for some soldiers, at least one parent is listed as well. Thousands of hours of research were conducted on the roster information alone.

I don't know the exact price yet, as that will be set by the publisher, but I'm guessing this soft cover edition will cost about $25-$28 + shipping, but again the price is set by the publisher, not me. This book is packed with war stories and details of history of the regiment and will contain many never before published documents and letters from the soldiers of the regiment. To reserve a book just send me your email address at and tell how many copies you'd like to reserve. This will a limited printing and the last edition quickly sold out.

Dale Nichols
Newport News, VA