11th Georgia Infantry - Clifton's Collectibles Genealogy

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11th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Major Henry D. McDaniel
Major Henry D. McDaniel
Brig. Gen. David R. Jones
Brig Gen. David R. Jones
Brig. Gen. George T. Anderson
Brig. Gen. George T. Anderson
Gen. James Longstreet4
Lt. Gen. James Longstreet
General Robert Edward Lee
General Robert Edward Lee

Above are some of the officers involved in the destiny of the 11th Georgia Infantry Regiment
Confederate Army Infantry Officer 11th Georgia Volunteers Infantry Regiment organized in the spring of 1861 and  mustered into service in July 1861. The regiment obtained men from Fannin, Gilmer, Hall, Houston, Lee, Murray, Quitman and Walton counties. The regiment was sent to Virginia and served first in the Potomac District, then was assigned to the Army of Northern Virginia.   .The regiment's winter quarters were at Center Hill, Virginia. There was a great deal of illness that winter. Some of the men were lost due to death and discharge. 

11th Georgia fought in the various campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia, from the Seven Days  Battles to Cold Harbor, excepting the period when it was with Longstreet at Suffolk, in Georgia and at Knoxville.  The regiment did not participate in the Battle of Chickamauga.  After taking part in the siege of Petersburg, Virginia south and north of the James River the 11th was active in the conflicts around Appomattox.  The regiment contained 573 effective fighting men  in April 1862, had 140 at Sharpsburg, and lost 65 percent of the 310 men engaged at Gettysburg. From 14 April to 6 May the regiment sustained 110 casualties.  From 1 August to 31 December 1864 there were 51 disabled.

The regiment surrendered with 9 April 1865 having 16 officers and 176 men. Field Officers were Colonels George T. Anderson, and Francis Little; Lieutenant Colonels Theodore L. Guerry and William Luffman and Majors Charles T. Goode, Henry D. McDaniel,  and Western R. Welsh.
11th Georgia Volunteers Flag
11th Georgia Volunteers
From: The Georgia State Capitol Collection
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This flag was made in the spring of 1861 for the Walton Infantry, which became  Company H.  The men's mothers, wives and girlfriends lovingly sewed the banner.  In a ceremony on the courthouse lawn in the town of Monroe, young Hester Felker presented it, and 24 year old Henry McDaniel accepted the gift on behalf of the company.  When the 11th Georgia Infantry was organized, its members chose the flag as the regimental color.  McDaniel later sent it home to his father.  
     
McDaniel served as governor of Georgia in the mid-1880s.  Among his accomplishments was creation of a commission which oversaw construction  of the State Capitol.
According to Walton County historian Anita Sans:
When the Confederate monument on the courthouse lawn in Monroe was dedicated June 1, 1907, sentimental veterans requested a re-enactment of the 1861 flag ceremony.  Once again Hester Felker, then Henry McDaniel's wife, presented the cherished relic to him. This time their six year old grandson, Henry McDaniel Tichenor was on hand to hold aloft the historic banner.  

Tichnenor's descendants donated the flag to the State of Georgia in 1975.

*The picture of the flag and the comments are excerpted from Confederate Flags in the Georgia State Capitol Collection  Editor, Paul Ellingson, Office of Secretary of State


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Sources:
Units of the Confederate States Army By: Joseph H. Crute, Jr. Durwent Books, Midlothian, Virginia 1987
Richmond's Wartime Hospitals By Rebecca Barbour Calcutt, Pelican Publishing Co., Inc. Gretna, Louisiana 2005
Confederate Flags in the Georgia State Capitol Collection  Pail Ellington, Editor, Office of  Georgia Secretary of State 1994

Various Internet sources, including the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System

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27 November 2009