Five regiments of the Georgia Brigade of General Seth Barton and General Marcellus A. Stovall began their “march into Confederate military history in March of 1862.”
The history of this soon-to-be feared and highly respected “band of brothers,” the Georgia Brigade - Ga. 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd and 52nd infantry regiments -begins in the cold, spring rains at Camp McDonald, Big Shanty, Georgia in 1862.
For three years, nearly 7,000 volunteer officers and men from north Georgia spent their Confederate military service marching, riding rail cars, and fighting battle after battle against the Union forces of Grant and Sherman
They saw victories at Chickasaw Bayou, Rocky Face Ridge, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, and at the final battle of the Army of Tennessee at Bentonville, North Carolina
The Georgia Brigade Regiments also suffered many retreats and loses, most while being flanked by an enemy that outnumbered them some two or three to one, and tasted the bitter desperation of surrendering twice, first, at Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4, 1863 and again at the end of the war at Greensboro and High Point, North Carolina on April 26, 1865.
After the Battle of Bentonville, the remaining 400 officers and men of the Georgia Brigade Regiments turned and walked or rode south towards their beloved homes of Georgia.
Let our history and heritage record show that they “had fought the good fight, had finished their course and had kept the faith.” Upon crossing the Catawba and Broad Rivers of the Carolinas, they crossed the Georgia state line in May of 1865 and “marched into history.”