Command Assignments, Eighth Georgia, Gist Birgade, Civil War, 1862-1865

Command Assignments

  • April 30, 1862 Second Brigade, District of Georgia, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
  • June 30, 1862 Attached, District of Georgia, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
  • March 13, 1863 Attached Infantry, First Military District of South Carolina, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
  • July 1, 1863 Gist’s Brigade, Walker’s Division, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana
  • September 1, 1863 Gist’s Brigade, Walker’s Division, Reserve Corpts, Army of Tennessee
  • October 15, 1863 Gist’s Brigade, Walker’s Division, Longstreet’s Corps, Army of  Tennessee
  • December 30, 1863 Gist’s Birgade, Walker’s Division, Hardee’s Corps, Amy of Tennessee
  • July 15, 1864 Gist’s Brigade, Cheatham’s Division, Hardee’s Corps, Army of Tennessee
  • December 10, 1864 (Consolidated with the Sixty-Fifth Georgia Infantry) Gist’s Brigade, Cheatham’s Division, Cheatham’s Corps, Army of Tennessee
  • April 9, 1865 (Consolidated with the Second Georgia Sharpshooters Battalion and the 65th Georgia Infantry) Gist’s Brigade, Cheatham’s Division, Hardee’s Corps, Army of Tennessee

The birgade was noted for its disicipline and military bearing.

13 thoughts on “Command Assignments, Eighth Georgia, Gist Birgade, Civil War, 1862-1865

  1. My g g grandfather PVT WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON VILLYARD CO B 8th BATTALION
    GEORGIA INFANTRY WAS IN THIS REGIMENT A NATIVE OF WHITFIELD CO GEORGIA

  2. I have no Item’s to share
    There is a photo of W.H.H.Villyard Headstone on find a grave he is buried at the Goshen,Washington co,Arkansas Cemetery

  3. My 3rd Great Grandfather was Richard Hays/Hayes. He was the first Lt. with Co. B 8th GA Battalion. For most of the war he acted as company commander since Crawford was working somewhere else. Don’t remember where. Quartermaster perhaps. Richard turned down a promotion to Capt near the end of the war. I have a photo of Richard circa 1875 with his family in Arkansas and a copy of the company muster for the period March 1, 1864 – Aug 31, 1864. Richard wrote the information and the attrition of the company through killed in action and sick in hospital was pretty severe during that time period. It is an interesting read of the casualties they suffered in the battles listed. Feel free to contact me with information on how I can email it to you.

        • My Great – Grandfather was John W Gray, one of the majors in the Battalion. I would love to find more information on him and the troops he fought with … he may have been the battalion adjutant but i’m not sure.

          • Jim,

            I found this information on Ancestry.com.
            John W Gray
            Commissioned an officer in Company S
            8th Battalion. Georgia Infantry
            Served in Co. F&S
            Rank In: Major
            Rank Out: Adjutant
            There is a photo of him but I have no way of attaching it to this post.

            Sharon

  4. Thanks for your post. They were brave men who never broke or ran. good leadership all the way around. that is if you do not count Hood and his erratic behavior. I suspect his wounds and what drugs he had to take just to remain on the field affected his judgement. .

  5. Hello, my G G Grandfather, from what I have been able to find out, served in Co B, 8th GA. I believe he was wounded and taken prisoner at Vicksburg. His last name is Boyd. I would love to find more information, if anyone can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Hello:
    Discovered your website while searching for info on my GGG – Father, Private Alexander(Ellick) Jefferson Exum of Berrien County, Georgia. I’ve researched him for years and have copies of 2 service record cards with copies of 2 cover cards.
    The info. states his unit was Co – 7 Battn Georgia Infantry which was surrendered By Maj. Gen. Sam Jones in Florida. Pvt. Exum surrendered and was paroled in Thomasville, Ga. on May 23, 1865. I’ve never been able to find him listed on any rosters or for that matter any where else. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You,
    C.S. Exum

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