South Mountain by Rick Reeve

South Mountain by Rick Reeve
South Mountain by Rick Reeve depicting the wounding of General Garland

Friday, June 17, 2011

New quote from the 50th Georgia

The following is a quote that was recently found by my former colleague and Maryland Park Service Historical Interpreter John Miller. It comes from George E. Fahm who had enlisted as a private in Company E ,"Thomas County Rangers", of the 50th Georgia Infantry in March 1862. He would be appointed 3rd Sergeant in early August 1862 and he would be promoted to 2nd Sergeant in October 1862. In April of 1863, he would be elected the junior 2nd lieutenant of the company and he would be promoted to captain in 1864.  He would continue fighting with the regiment until he was captured during the retreat  following the fall of Richmond and Petersburg in April 1865 and he would be held at Johnson's Island until June 18, 1865. During the course of his service he was wounded twice; at Sharpsburg in September 1862 and Chancellorsville in May 1863. This quote describes the carnage of the fighting in the Old Sharpsburg Road during  the afternoon Union assault that swirled around the Daniel Wise cabin.

A big thanks goes out to John for sharing this quote with me.

"Company E was composed of sixty-five effective men, and of this company thirty-three were killed in the line of battle and twenty-seven were wounded. Five were all who came out unhurt. Seven of the eight color bearers, four on each side of the flag, or colors of the regiment, in that fearful battle, seven of these eight men were killed where they stood; the eighth man was wounded; the flag, flag-staff, clothing, cap and blanket of the color bearer (myself) showed thirty-two bullet holes, and yet most strangely to relate, I did not receive a scratch in that battle. Surely God was with me in that fearful struggle.”


John A. Miller, South Mountain State Battlefield

Roster of Company E, 50th Georgia

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if my 2 ancestors were part of the 5 that walked away un hurt. John and Jasper Davis.