I’m researching the experiences of two great great-grandfathers who served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.  Joseph Brewer served in the 2nd Georgia infantry, and John Snead and his brother George Washington Snead served in the 44th Georgia infantry.

I’m looking for photos, letters, memoirs, and information about these and other Georgia regiments.  Do you have similar interests?  Please post a comment or contact me.

























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  1. Have lots of info on my mother’s great grandfather James E Snead 1836-1886. Also his brothers Garland and John Morgan of Company H, 48th Alabama.

    Absolom Snead sent three sons to Virginia and only granpaw came back after being wounded and captured at the Wilderness. He is buried at old Bethel Baptist in Forney next to his wife Harriet. We do not know where Charity is buried. Maybe Fayette County Georgia.

    My great grandmother (his daughter in law) had uncles in the famous 18th Georgia. Really, really amazing regimental war record.

    There is a George Washington Snead buried at Hebron Baptist cemetery in Key near great grandpa Snead. He may be his half brother. I am an Army of Northern Virginia expert if you would like to discuss anything technical. Otherwise I am just responding to some of the ADC message board postings about the Snead family Bible. It probably ended up with William “Bud” Snead 1871-1941. He was the richest man in Cherokee County at the turn of the century.

    God bless,

    one of James E Sneads great great grandsons

  2. The 18th Georgia was a very famous regiment in Wofford’s Brigade at Gettysburg. I am just as proud of my uncles who served in the ANV as my direct ancestors, who are easier to organize in the mind’s eye. There are dozens of possibilities the further back in history you go. At this point in time, the number of possibilities could be well over a hundred which makes for interesting research involving the Army of Northern Virginia.

    They were on the left of Hood’s Division in the division of Lafayette McLaws. (Even more interesting is what they did before that.) McLaws got in off the road early on the morning of the 2nd behind three of the four brigades of Hood. The other (Picketts) division in the corps and the reserve division in the army would not arrive until much later.

    Hood talked Longstreet into approaching Lee for a two hour delay to allow Law’s Brigade to come up from New Guilford where they had been guarding the trains.

    Lee agreed to delay the attack aimed at rolling up the federal left flank on the ridge against the remnants of I Corps, XI Corps on Cemetery Hill and the newly arrived II Corps of Hancock on their left. During this time of that early morning, Sickles III had come up to dig in directly on the left of Hancock.

    Law arrived at noon. Longstreet delayed another 3 hours marching around trying to conceal his movements in preparation for the assault, and in my opinion, using the cover of darkness for safety against a possible counter attack by the remaining federal (VI Corps) in reserve, which would arrive in the middle of all the slaughter on that pivotal day in the history of american warfare.

    Longstreet and Hood were at odds with Lee on the tactical wisdom of this fight even though it was the definitive move if a necessary one were attempted here at that juncture. Their mistake was of course not concentrating more force at the point of attack early enough. (Lee changed his orders to Ewell to move Johnson’s Division around to the right after Ewell begged out of it, but that is another story altogether.)

    In the meantime, Sickles moves out about a 1000 yards against orders and produces an indefensible salient up against the very same famous road McLaws and Hood are approaching the flank of the Army of the Potomac on. Go figure.

    Lee and Longstreet order Hood to attack first, en echelon from right to left, to discourage Meade from sending reinforcements from his right to his threatened left in the following order. Law with the 4th, 15th, 44th, 47th and 48th Alabama, then next to them the 18th’s former brigade prior to the reorganization of brigades by state ordered by J. Davis, the Texas Brigade. Benning’s Georgia Brigade came up in the second wave along with Tige Anderson’s on their left at the Stony Hill in front of the Wheatfield. Kershaw with his large South Carolina Brigade attacked the Wheatfield next with Seemes Georgia Brigade behind him. Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade on their left was next to last in McLaws Division to attack Sickles with guess who behind him at the famous Peach Orchard.

    Wofford basically routs an over taxed heavily reinforced Corps and effectively finishes destroying it as an organized unit for the duration.

    Barksdale and Seemes are killed then two of Anderson’s five brigades (Cadmus Wilcox and A R Wright) sweep their way all the way to Cemetery Ridge with no support from Perry, Posey and Mahone. (A P Hill was in his tent suffering from the effects of VD he picked up in New York while on leave from West Point.) Edward Johnson would have made a lot of difference at that juncture. The rest is history.

    To make a long story short, the 18th helped stand at the famous stone wall at the bottom of Marye’s Heights just outside downtown Fredricksburg and mowed down hundreds of Burnsides attackers by simultaneously loading and reloading rifles standing three to four deep. No federal troops got within 25 yards of the wall. Then Burnside has a nervous breakdown when his corps commanders refused to order another attack.

    Wofford took command when Cobb was killed and had a very distinguished record during and after the war.





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