The First Georgia Cavalry in the Civil War

A History and Roster


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About the Book

In 1861 Captain James J. Morrison resigned his commission in the United States Cavalry, returned to his home in Cedartown, Georgia, and was soon authorized by the Confederate War Department to raise a regiment of cavalry.
This book is the first complete history of the First Georgia Cavalry, who saw action in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and North Carolina. A regimental roster includes more than 1,600 names with details of service provided, along with pre-war service, death and burial information in some cases.

About the Author(s)

Michael Bowers Cavender was a lieutenant in the United States Army, Quartermaster Corps. A retired financial planner, he has published several family histories in the History of Coweta County, Georgia. He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Bibliographic Details

Michael Bowers Cavender
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 268
Bibliographic Info: 29 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9912-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2112-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface  1
1. Organizing the First Georgia Cavalry Regiment  5
2. Murfreesboro  18
3. First Kentucky Campaign  28
4. From Kentucky to Stones River  40
5. Somerset, Kentucky  50
6. Monticello, Kentucky  58
7. Chickamauga  69
8. Philadelphia, Tennessee  82
9. Sevierville, Tennessee  90
10. Defending Atlanta  101
11. Atlanta  113
12. Sunshine Church  119
13. Raiding Sherman’s Rear  124
14. Sherman Starts for the Sea  134
15. Three Runs Swamp  146
16. The Last Hurrah  155
The Roster  162
Chapter Notes  241
Bibliography  248
Index  251

Book Reviews & Awards

“this book is one that will fascinate people who like history, particularly those who are into the Civil War…a good read…meticulously researched…of great value…well written and interesting”—The Newnan Times-Herald; “a resource for both historians and genealogists that will long be of use and enjoyment”—FGS Forum.