61st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)

61st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)

Brief History

Also called 26th Regiment was assembled at Charleston, South Carolina, in May, 1862. It was formed by using the 7th Georgia Battalion as its nucleus. [1]

For more information on the history of the 61st Regiment, Georgia Infantry, see the following:

The Wikipedia article, 61st Georgia Volunteer Infantry, (accessed 2 November 2011). [2]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,852 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

  • Officers, Non-Commissioned Offices, and Staff - see  Roster on page 1

Georgia, and Lillian Henderson. 1959. Roster of the Confederate soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865. Hapeville, Ga: Longina & Porter. WorldCat  FHL Collection  HATHI TRUST Digital Library; also on  USGenWeb

Other Sources

  • Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project - Civil War Records - Individual Soldiers
  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Georgia in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Georgia in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Georgia, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861-1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Nichols, G. W. (George W.). A soldier's story of his regiment (61st Georgia) : and incidentally of the Lawton-Gordon-Evans Brigade Army Northern Virginia. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990), FHL fiche 6082375