History of the
3rd Georgia
Volunteer Infantry

 

Three Georgia soldiers in an early ambrotype

(left to right) Columbus C. Taylor, killed at Malvern Hill, July 1st, 1862. Jas D. Jackson, killed at Malvern Hill, July 1st, 1862. James H. Porter, detailed for railroad service... discharged January, 1862. All three enlisted in Co. D, 3rd Reg. Ga. Vol. Inf. April 26th, 1861. The photo was taken near Richmond during the winter of 1861-1862. Their uniforms, weapons, and acoutrements (note Georgia oval belt buckles) were typical of those used in the early campaigns of the Regiment.
Confederate Museum

 

The Third Georgia Infantry was organized in late April, 1861. In the spring of 1862, the Third Georgia Infantry returned to Virginia and joined the Army of Northern Virginia. It served in that way for the remainder of the war. The Third Georgia participated in more than fifty engagements during its career. Among them:


 South Mills  April 19, 1862
 Seven Pines  May 31 - June 1, 1862
 Malvern Hill  July 1, 1862
 Second Manassas Campaign  August 16 - September 2, 1862
 Sharpsburg  September 16 - 17, 1862
 Fredericksburg  December 12 - 15, 1862
 Chancellorsville  April 27 - May 6, 1863
 Gettysburg Campaign  June 3 - August 1, 1863
 Wilderness Campaign  May 4 - June 12, 1864
 Spottsylvania  May 8 - 21, 1864
 Cold Harbor  June 1 - 12, 1864
 Appomattox Campaign  March 28 - April 9, 1865
 Surrender, Appomattox Court House  April 9, 1865

 

An examination of the paroles granted at Appomattox Court House shows that the Third Georgia Infantry surrendered more than two hundred thirty-five officers and enlisted men. The Third Georgia was one of the largest units to lay down arms at Appomattox Court House.

 


 

More Information About the 3rd GVI:

ROSTERS
OF THE
3RD GEORGIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY REGIMENT

CONDENSED HISTORY OF THE 3RD GEORGIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
BY CHARLES H. ANDREWS - COMPANY REGIMENTAL HISTORIAN
(ca. 1885, GEORGIA ARCHIVES)
(Compiled by Evan Bridwell, current founder and Regimental Historian.)

3RD GEORGIA REGIMENT, FIRST TWELVE MONTHS
(Written by William W. Turner, 1st Lt., Adjutant, 3rd Georgia Regiment, Putnam County, Georgia. Written in 1864 for The Countryman, the local paper in Putnam County, Georgia. Compiled by Johnnie P. Pearson and Mary A. Pearson from microfilm at University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.)

ADDRESS BY COLONEL CLAIBORNE SNEAD
At the reunion of the Third Georgia Regiment,
at Union Point, on the 31st July,1874.

THIRD REGIMENT GEORGIA VOLUNTEERS
from Heros and Martyrs of Georgia

Georgia's Record in the Revolution of 1861

by James M. Folsom.
(Provided by Allen Atkinson, Warner Robins, GA)

VETERANS OF THE
3RD GEORGIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

Brief Biographies and Photographs of the Men of the 3rd GVI

THE 3RD GVI CAPTURES THE FLAG OF THE 15th MASSACHUSETTS
Researched by Steve Holbrook

THE 3RD GVI AND THE 9TH NEW YORK INFANTRY
Old foes meet after the war and pay tribute to one another.
Contributed by Heather Mitchell, Rochester, NY.

THE OTHER "3rd GEORGIA VOLUNTEERS"
From Marion County and others and organized in mid 1864, this home guard unit was separate from the 3rd Georgia Vol. Inf. regiment in the Army of Northern Virginia described here. They were mostly very old or very young, and fought in the Battle of Coosawhatchie River in South Carolina in December 1864.

"3rd GEORGIA " IN THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
The 3rd Georgia Volunteer Infantry was organized after President William McKinley's second call for troops. It served stateside during the Spanish American War, but following the war, the unit served in Cuba as part of the occupation force. The unit had no relationship with the Civil War volunteer regiment.

A TRUE DAUGHTER OF THE CONFEDERACY
The Story of Martha Belle Elder Harris and Her Father,
Sgt. William Joseph Elder of the 3rd Georgia Infantry

by Kathryn Gray-White

WILKINSON COUNTY, THE THIRD GEORGIA AND GETTYSBURG
by John M. Whitaker

CAPTURE OF THE U.S. TRANSPORT FANNY
Near Chicamacomico, or Loggerhead Inlet, North Carolina
October 1, 1861

Report of Col. A. R. Wright, Third Georgia Infantry.

BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR THE 3RD GEORGIA INFANTRY
From the U.S. Army Military History Institute

1st REGIMENTAL FLAG OF THE 3rd GVI
(submitted by Greg Biggs, Biggsk@aol.com)

TESTIMONIAL ABOUT THE 2nd BATTLE FLAG
of the 3rd Georgia Volunteer Infantry
(Provided by Gordon A. Blaker, Curator,
Augusta Richmond County Museum, Augusta, Georgia)

Excerpt from CONFEDERATE FLAGS IN THE GEORGIA STATE CAPITOL COLLECTION
with permission from the Georgia Capitol Museum, Office of the Secretary of State

MARKER FLAGS OF THE 3rd GEORGIA
(information provided by Greg Biggs, Biggsk@aol.com)

Take a VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE BATTLEFIELDS with the 3rd Georgia Infantry
courtesy of David Tuttle.

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3rd GEORGIA RESEARCHERS page.

 

 

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"SIMPLY MURDER, The Battle of Malvern Hill"
The 3rd GA regiment charging Union artillery positions atop Malvern Hill,
with Colonel J. Sturges leading, July 1, 1862.

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Artist, Ronn Stern, Stern Studios

 

 

 

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