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|Posted: Sat Dec 13th, 2008 01:42 am||
|Able Marion Crow-my paternal G.G.- ran away from home at 17 and joined the Macon Light artillery where he served until the surrender at Appomattox. He saw action at Fredericksburg and Petersburg as well as several lesser engagements.
Jim Crow Chiles, Joel Chiles, Kit Chiles, Richard Chiles, and William Chiles all served with Quantrill's raiders
William C. Cleaton-my maternal G.G.- Also joined the confederate armed forces where he served with the second Georgia Cavalry regiment under Forrest and later Wheeler.
I was delighted to find a book had been written about this unit, complete with a roster in which my G.G. is included.
Here is a brief description of "Cracker Cavaliers"
From the first conflict under General Nathan Bedford Forrest at Murfreesboro in 1862 to the desperate and often brutal battles with Union cavalry in the Carolinas during 1865, the Second Georgia was almost constantly in action. While the Second Georgia fought in such famous campaigns as Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Knoxville, Resaca, Atlanta, and Bentonville, they also participated in deadly encounters at Farmington, Mossy Creek, Noonday Creek, Sunshine Church, and Waynesboro. Many of these conflicts are obscure to all but the most ardent Civil War historians. This is the first regimental history of a Georgia Cavalry regiment ever published. The Second Georgia served under both Nathan Bedford Forrest and Joe Wheeler, and campaigned not only on home turf, but literally on the farm acreages of many of the unit's members.
Cracker Cavaliers: The 2nd Georgia Cavalry under Wheeler and Forrest documents the regiment's participation in major campaigns of the western theater, including the Atlanta Campaign and Sherman's March to the Sea from an ordinary soldier's perspective on the Civil War.