Today’s installment... This piece features the colors of the 47th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment. My ancestors, Col. A. C. Edwards, Lt. Col. Joseph S. Cone, Maj. James G. Cone, Pvt.’s, Aaron D. Cone, Samuel R. Cone, and Paul R. Cone along with many others tied to my family served amongst its ranks during the War of The Rebellion, 1861 - 1865. Most of them hailing from Bulloch County, Georgia.
The 47th would go on to be the most heavily engaged regiment from the State of Georgia. Serving more than 40 separate engagements, from major to small.
Their record speaks for itself... Secessionville, Pocataligo, Siege of Jackson, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Dalton, Resaca, Cassville, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Honey Hill, River’s Bridge, Averasboro, Bentonville... and many others along the way. At the time of the surrender of the regiment and Johnston’s army in North Carolina, the regiment had over 250 men within its ranks. A very sizable unit after four years of war.
These colors were lost at the Battle of River’s Bridge, Feb. 3d, 1865 and captured by Union Forces. They were returned to the State of South Carolina in the early 20th century and displayed at River’s Bridge State Park until 2000 when I and my cousin helped to return it to the State of Georgia. It’s in the Georgia State Flag Collection in Atlanta and has been preserved.