the cars for Montgomery
, then the capital of the new Confederacy.
they went to Garland
, where they received news of the attack upon Fort Sumter
The railroad to Pensacola
was not yet finished, there being a gap of sixteen miles between Garland
This distance the regiment marched, and from Evergreen went by rail to Pensacola
, where they were sent down the bay past the navy yard and stationed near Fort Barrancas
The regiment was transferred early in June to Virginia
, and while in camp at Richmond
was reviewed by President Davis
and Governor Letcher
, each of whom delivered speeches which were enthusiastically received.
The battle of Big Bethel
occurred during their short stay at Richmond
and was hailed as a great victory.
The First Georgia volunteers served in West Virginia
, and after the death of that officer, under Henry R. Jackson
, until December, when they were sent to Stonewall Jackson
, serving under that great leader until early in March, when they were ordered to Lynchburg
and soon after to Georgia
, where they were mustered out March 18, 1862.
The First Georgia was in the following engagements: Belington and Laurel Hill
, Carrick's Ford, Cheat Mountain
, Greenbrier River
Four companies re-enlisted in a body at Augusta, Ga.
, forming an artillery battalion under Maj. H. D. Capers
These were the Oglethorpe Artillery
, Capt. J. V. H. Allen
Light Artillery, Augusta
, Capt. Samuel Crump
; Washington Artillery, Sandersville
, Capt. J. W. Rudisill
, and Newnan Artillery, Capt. George M. Hanvey
. Three of these companies served under Gen. Kirby Smith
in 1862, in east Tennessee
, and the company from Newnan
participated as artillery in the Kentucky
Toward the latter part of 1862, the whole battalion was sent to Savannah
were then detached, and with the Thirteenth Georgia (Phoenix) battalion and six new companies