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Moultrie-McNeill UDC holds 121st memorial service

May 2—MOULTRIE — An annual occasion since 1903, the native chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy gathered in reminiscence of their ancestors, who participated within the War Between the States and the a hundred and sixtieth anniversary of Colquitt County’s twelfth Georgia Militia, who deployed March 5, 1864.

The a hundred and sixtieth anniversary of Sherman’s invasion of Georgia was additionally recalled. This invasion left 220,000 Southerners homeless throughout his notorious march to the ocean, bringing warfare to the civilians.

Georgia’s governor, Joseph Brown, realized that the state was left defenseless with common troops on battlefields in different states, the UDC stated in a press launch concerning the occasion. By reducing and elevating age necessities, Brown was capable of elevate 5,000 males for the state militia, taking the final able-bodied males obtainable. Records present that many of those recruits had already served in prior models, had been wounded and discharged however now they re-enlisted.

Colquitt County raised 40 males for this unit with former Sheriff Hiram Gay serving as captain. Additional native males and boys enlisted with neighboring counties.

The twelfth Militia arrived in north Georgia one month forward of General W.T. Sherman’s arrival with 120,000 federal troops to invade the state. The twelfth Militia participated in quite a few battles defending north Georgia, together with the siege and battle of Atlanta. Capt. Hiram Gay was killed in motion at Griswoldville, Georgia.

Descendants of those troopers participated in studying the muster roll of this unit, together with the names of Colquitt County’s 77 identified casualties. Colquitt County consisted of just one,363 residents presently (on the 1860 U.S. census). There are casualties buried on battlefields and mass graves as far-off from house as Maryland and Pennsylvania and Northern POW Camps in New York, Illinois and Delaware.

Assisting with this memorial service was the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who equipped a six-man firing crew. “Taps” was carried out and memorial wreaths had been introduced.

“For those, who haven’t studied this history, we’ll share the fact that Confederate armies were inclusive, therefore our monuments are inclusive. Records exist proving this,” stated Faye Bridwell, UDC member.

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