Organized at Macon in the spring of 1861, the Georgia Regulars included men from Atlanta and Brunswick, as well as Glynn and Montgomery counties. Sent to Virginia, the regiment fought in most of the major battles of 1862, before being sent back to its home state to recruit due to its losses of men to wounds and disease.
Stationed along the Apalachicola River in Florida during 1863, the regiment suffered heavily from disease and sickness, with a corresponding lowering of morale and effectiveness. "This [location] was useless from a military point of view, and our ranks were more decimated by malaria than if we had been in many battles", recalled John Porter Fort, a member of Company B. Sent to reinforce Finegan shortly before the battle, at Olustee the Regulars probably numbered fewer than 200 muskets. Captain Henry A. Cannon led the unit at Olustee, where it served on the Confederate left. The unit suffered losses of three men killed and twenty-five wounded. A detachment from Abel's Artillery served with the Regulars at Olustee and suffered several casualties.
Later in 1864 the regiment served at Charleston and Savannah. It surrendered in North Carolina in 1865.
Pvt William Askew, Company A, (Newman Guards)
External Web sites related to the Battle of Olustee
Short history of the regiment with emphasis on Antietam
Book - Footprints of a Regiment: A Recollection of the 1st Georgia Regulars, 1861-1865 by W. H. Andrews - see various book sites
1st Georgia Regulars - Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina area
Confederate Order of Battle
Battle of Olustee home page