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John --

No battles or actions.

The law of April 16, 1862, absorbed the greater part of men listed with the militia. Gov. Brown's Georgia State Guards later took over many militia functions, but the law of Feb. 17, 1864, claimed many of these men for service as junior or senior reserves. If you want to find a particular name, check the state militia census conducted in January 1864.

Ordinarily militia designations are geographical in nature and do not describe an actual military formation. Militiamen sometimes assembled for drill and local patrol duties, but they normally went home at night rather than going to a regular encampment. The militia being completely different from the Confederate army, lawmakers specifically excluded anyone who could not prove Confederate military service from state pension benefits.

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