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With A Rebel Yell by Mort Kunstler
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FAMILIES CURRENTLY RESEARCHING:

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ADKINS, ALBIN, ANDREWS, ANGLIN, ASHALL, BAILEY, BALDWIN, BALLARD, BEALE, BEESON, BELL, BERKELY, BLESSING, BORING, BRADLEY, BROCK, BROOKS, BROUGHON, BROUGHTON, BRUCE, BUCKLEY, BULLER, CATERNE, CAYNHOO, CHILDERS, COLDIRON, COLES, CONLEY, COPLEY, CRAWFORD, CREECH, DAVIDSON, DAY, DEVANE, DEWEY, DODGE, DURHAM, DYSON, EDGEFIELD, ELLIS, ELLSWICK, EMERSON, ETHERIDGE, FELLOWS, FRENCH, GHISELIN, GILLIAM, GOULD, GREENE, HENLY, HOWARD, HUBBARD, INGRAM, IVEY, GIBBS, GRAY, GRUBB, HACKLEY, HALSTED, HENDRICKS, HENLEY, HOOPER, HUFF, HUNTER, ISON, JARRARD, JOHNSON, JONES, JOYNES, KEMP, LAINE, LANGLEY, LARKIN, LEE, LEONARD, LUSBY, LEWIS, LNU, LINDSEY, LIPPS, LOCKRIDGE, LYON, MacALPINE, MacCUBIN, MacGREGGOR, MARTIAU, McCLENNEHAN, McDOWELL, MANN, MEREDITH, MILLER, MOOR, MUCHMORE, NIMMO, OSBORNE, PARKER, PATTERSON, PENNINGTON, PERKINS, POLLARD, PORTER, POTTER, RAY, READE, REVERDY, RISNER, ROBERTSON, SAWYER, SHORES, SLONE, SMITH (of Georgia), SOUTTER, SPARKS, SPEARMAN, SPENCER, STANCLIFF, STEWART, STOCKLEY, STRICKLAND (OF NORTH CAROLINA/VIRGINIA), SOUTHERTON, SULLIVAN, THELABALL, THOMAS, TOWNE, TOWNLEY, VANE, VANHARLINGEN, VANMILDREY, WAY, WAGGONER, WARD, WARNER, WARREN, WARRINGTON, WELLS, WILKINS, WILLIAMS, WINDEBANK, VINING, YEOMAN

My Ahnentafel Listing - Are we COUSINS??? Check out my listing of direct line ancestors back to the 1400's. This list is still a "Work in Progress", one that my brothers and I have put many hours of research into. My brothers, Jon and Tim have done the larger portion of the work. I, personally, have recently been able to spend many hours updating the list and have added my Wife's family ancestry as well. There is also a short definition of how Ahnentafel listings work.
UPDATED 09 MARCH 2008
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Lieutenant George R. Smith
Lieut. George R. Smith, 18th Ga. Regiment of Volunteer Infantry
Our Great Great Grandfather
Roster of the 18th Regiment 18th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry - Reports of a Regiment: An essay about the 18th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry; a regiment of brave, dedicated Confederate soldiers who fought in almost every major battle of the American Civil War. Our Great Great Grandfather, George R. Smith, was a member of this fine regiment, enlisting as a private and later "elected" Lieutenant, by his fellow soldiers. Very thoroughly researched, complete with quotes from other soldiers who shared the same battlefields...
UPDATED 21 August 2005

Service Record of 1st Lieutenant George R. Smith , our Great Great Grandfather. Recently, I received a copy of the microfiche recorded pages in the National Archives that contain the service record of my Civil War Ancestor, the reason for this website, my Great Great Grandfather. I intend to place scanned copies of these records in this page for all to see, but especially for my family. It is with great pride that I document our family history and an honor to document that of my Great Great Grandfather George R. Smith.
STARTED 16 February 2003
Pay Voucher for December 1st, 1864 to January 31st, 1865
Officer's Pay Voucher
1st Lieut. George R. Smith
December 1, 1864 to January 31, 1865

Map of Gaines Mill Battlefield
Map of Gaines Mill Battlefield
The Battle of Gaines Mill and the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry:This part of my site will be dedicated to documenting the history of the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry and to further chronicle the adventures and tribulations of our Southern Ancestors. Earlier in the war, the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry was assigned as the fourth regiment forming the famed Texas Brigade. Not long after, they were joined by the South Carolinians of Hampton's Legions. Thus, the Texas Brigade was formed.... by the 1st, 4th and 5th Texas Regiments, Hampton's Legion and the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry. Their reputation as a HARD FIGHTING brigade would soon begin to grow. As I will show in this part of my site, the Texans, Georgians and South Carolinians will prove their worth.... in the Battle of Gaines Mill.
COMPLETED 06 March 2003

Battle of 2nd Manassas: August 1862 and the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry - This part of my site is dedicated to documenting the part in which the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry had in the Battle of 2nd Manassas. Coming to the relief of General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson, General Longsteet's Corps sprung a trap on the unsuspecting Union troops of General John Popes' Army of Virginia, giving General Lee and the Confederacy a great victory.
COMPLETED 04 March 2003
The Stone House, Manassas, Va. 1862.
The Stonehouse, Manassas, Virginia 1862

Dunker Church, Antietam Battlefield, Md. South Mountain & Antietam (Sharpsburg) and the 18th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry-This part of my site will be dedicated to the Battle of Antietam and the part that the 18th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry played in this battle. Antietam (Sharpsburg)is well known as the "Bloodiest Day" in the terrible days of the American Civil War. I will try to chronicle the battle, using as much detail as possible.
UPDATED 07 March 2003 and again on 04 March 2011



Fredericksburg and the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry-This part of my site is dedicated to depicting the part in which the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry played in the Battle of Fredericksburg, specifically the assaults of the Union Grand Divisions on Marye's Heights, the Sunken Road and the Stonewall. Assigned to the brigade of General Thomas R.R. Cobb, the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry was holding their position at the right end of the Stonewall and participated heavily in the action of that day, 13 December 1862, and the defeat of the seven divisions sent against them."


UPDATED 02 June 2001 and again on 21 March 2011

Brigadier General Thomas R.R. Cobb, CSA

General Lafayette McLaws, CSA Chancellorsville and the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry-This part of my site is dedicated to depicting the part in which the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry played in the Battle of Chancellorsville and the ensuing defense of the Confederate army as General Sedgwick attempted to rescue General Hooker after his defeat."


Completed 26 May 99


The Wheatfield: July 2, 1863 - Battle of Gettysburg (Day 2) and the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry - This part of my site is dedicated to documenting the part in which the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry had in the Battle of Gettysburg. The Wheatfield, a small yet hellish part of the main battle...where many men on both sides gave their all. None more, than the brave Georgians under the command of General W.T. Wofford. One of these fighting Georgians, who survived to help tell the story...was our Great Great Grandfather George Right Smith.
COMPLETED 26 DECEMBER 2001 and updated on 06 April 2011
The Wheatfield - Gettysburg, Pa.

General James Longstreet, CSA
General James Longstreet
The Siege of Knoxville and the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry: In a continuing effort to chronicle battles the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry took part in, here I present a description of the Seige of Knoxville. After the Gettysburg debacle, the Army of Northern Virginia returned to Southern soil, south of the Rapidan River. Resting and recuperating was the order of the day, but in September of 1863...General Longstreet received orders to take Generals Hood's and McLaw's divisions (11,000 strong), south to the aide of General Braxton Bragg in Georgia.

As part of General Longstreet's I Corps, General McLaw's Division, Army of Northern Virginia...the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry prepared for the return to Georgian soil.
Updated 31 March 2010 and again on 03 April 2011


Battles of The Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House and the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry:This part of my site will be dedicated to documenting the history of the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry and the part they played in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, during General Grant's Overland Campaign. As the Battle of the Wilderness is drawing to a close, the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry finds itself embroiled in yet another fight, and then after soundly defeating the enemy, take part in a counter movement that once again places them at the front of General Lee's defenses.... at Spotsylvania Court House, on Laurel Hill.

I have recently updated the file, including the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, which was truly a continuation of the Battle of the Wilderness. While a bloody and horrific battle, the troops in and around Spotsylvania Court House, on both sides, proved their determination, dedication, and belief in their causes.
COMPLETED 19 March 2003

The Bloody Angle
The Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania Court House
Cold Harbor Battlefield Map, June 1, 1864
Cold Harbor Battlefield Map
June 1, 1864
The Battle of Cold Harbor and the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry: As the fighting around Spotsylvania Court House drew to a close, Union General Grant, wanting to keep the pressure on the Confederate Army and his adversary... General Robert E. Lee, ordered Major General Phil Sheridan and his two divisions of cavalry to move to the southeast. Briefly engaging the Confederates near Haw's Shop, the General Grant soon discovered that the gray haired gentleman from Virginia had once again countered his move and had placed the Army of Northern Virginia between them and the Confederate capital...Richmond, Virginia.

As the two opposing armies vied for position, it was clear that the way to Richmond would take them over old ground, the battlefield of Cold Harbor on which so many had sacrificed their lives earlier in the war.

This part of my site will therefore chronicle the ensuing 2nd Battle of Cold Harbor and the part in which the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry had in once again fighting to defend the Confederate capital and the Confederate way of life.


Completed 02 June 2003

24th Regiment North Carolina Troops:This part of my site will be dedicated to documenting the history of the 24th Regiment North Carolina Troops, of which our Great Great Uncles John Washington Strickland and Marshall Strickland, were a part.
COMPLETED 17 April 2008
North Carolina Flag
The Flag of North Carolina

General Jubal A. Early, CSA
General Jubal A. Early, CSA
Battle of Cedar Creek and the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry-This part of my site will be dedicated to discussing the Battle of Cedar Creek, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the part in which the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry played in that battle.

Our Great Great Grandfather,1st Lt George Right Smith had been hospitalized late July or early August 1864, in Petersburg, Va. However, on August 7th, 1864 the record shows he had rejoined the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, Company H (Rowland Highlanders), now assigned as part of Major General Joseph Kershaw's Division, as they were reassigned to operations against Union General Sheridan's Campaign in the Shenandoah Valley.


COMPLETED 05 February 2002 and Updated on 01/04/2011


Sailors Creek Battlefield Map, April 6, 1865
Sailors Creek Battlefield Map
April 6, 1865
The Battle of Sailors Creek - took place during the retreat of the Army of Northern Virginia, after evacuating from the defensive entrenchments in and around the Richmond/Petersburg perimeter. This part of my site will therefore chronicle the last major engagement of the Army of Northern Virginia and the part in which the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry had in a desperate rear guard action to protect the Army's line of march and the failed attempt of General Lee to prevent its eventual surrender.

Once realizing that the Confederate defensive positions had become untenable, after the Union victory at Five Forks, General Robert E. Lee ordered the evacuation of his now diminished army to start moving southwest, towards Danville and then on to North Carolina to join forces with the Confederate Army there.


Completed on 25 February 2011


Family Roll of Honor - This section of my site is dedicated to those members of our family, who served to protect their country, their land, their people, and the Southern Cause....against the Northern Oppression. Our Great Great Grandfather's brothers, James Monroe Smith; Seaborn Smith; Lemuel Smith; and Eugene Smith fought together, shoulder to shoulder in Company F "Georgia Blues" of the 1st Regiment of the Georgia State Line, Stovall's Brigade... while my Great Great Grandfather George R. Smith, served with the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, Company H "Rowland Highlanders" and his older brother John Newton Smith, served with the 58th Alabama Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, Co. G "Blue Mountain Rifles". On our Grandmother Smith's side of the family, Bell's, Broughton's, Ghiselin's, and Nimmo's served with the "Norfolk Light Artillery Blues". On our father's side, Strickland's served with the "17th", "24th" and "55th" Infantry Regiments of North Carolina. On my wife's side of the family, her Great Great Grandfather William Riley Coldiron served with the "5th Kentucky Mounted Infantry". I am still researching, as we know there are others, These men and thousands more like them, suffered great hardships, enormous horrors, and in some cases maiming wounds, sickness and even death...for the Old South. Bless those who served!
UPDATED 20 Feb 2007
Georgia State Flag
Georgia State Flag

General R.E. Lee General Robert E. Lee - An essay on the lives of General R.E. Lee and his Lieutenants, Generals Thomas (Stonewall) J. Jackson, James Longstreet, and J.E.B. Stuart; as they dedicated themselves to the Southern Cause, up to and including the tortuous battle of Gettysburg.
COMPLETED 11 October 98 - Includes pictures and graphics.

After Gettysburg- A continuing essay on the lives of General R.E. Lee and his surviving Lieutenants, Generals James Longstreet, J.E.B. Stuart, A.P. Hill, Richard Ewell, and George Pickett as they continued the fight. After Gettysburg, the South was far from capitulation, many battles remained and General Lee's brilliance continued to frustrate the Union Generals sent against him.
COMPLETED 24 October 98 - Includes more pictures and graphics. This part of my page is now complete, stopping at the end of the year 1864.
General George E. Pickett

General John B. Gordon 1865, The Final Year and Surrender - a continuing essay on the lives and times of General Lee and his surviving army's struggle to defend what was left of the Confederacy.
COMPLETED 24 October 98 - Includes pictures and graphics.

General William T. Wofford- In the history of the 18th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry, one man that stands out among the many, is General William T. Wofford. This section of my site will be dedicated to the General, as through much of the 18th's valiant service, General Wofford served as its Commander.
COMPLETED 27 October 98


General William T. Wofford, 18th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry, I Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate States Army.  Later, Department of Georgia, Commanding.

General John B. Hood, Texas Brigade, I Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate States Army.  Later, Army of Tennessee, Commanding. General John Bell Hood - Brigade Commander of the famed Hood's Texas Brigade, of which the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry was a part. Later assigned to command the Army of Tennessee in a futile attempt to defend Georgia from the ruthless attack by General Sherman. This section will be dedicated to the life and service of General Hood, a brave and valiant soldier who gave his all to the Confederate Cause and tried to do his duty as best he could.
COMPLETED 20 January 99 - Includes pictures and graphics.

General James Longstreet-This part of my site will be dedicated to Lieutenant General James Longstreet, Confederate States Army, Commanding I Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.. of which the 18th Georgia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry was a part, through the entire war. I will try to pay homage to the man, the soldier, and the Gentleman. He was loved by General Robert E. Lee, envied by those who served with him and maliciously maligned by those who could not better him.
COMPLETED 30 January 99


General James Longstreet, I Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate States Army

Confederate Soldiers, the pride of the South. Confederate Soldiers - The everyday common ordinary soldier, fighting to protect his home land, his way of life and his family. Suffering family separation, diseases for which he had no protection, the boredom of camp life and monotonous drills, the terror of battle, wounds from which he would never fully recover, the fear of captivity in places worse than death itself. This than, was the fate of hundreds of thousands of Southern men, who with pride and bravery answered the call. Lest we not forget.
COMPLETED 08 February 99

The Overland Campaign -The Overland Campaign, a series of thrust and counterthrust by two determined Generals, one determined to win at all costs... the other determined to prevent the capture of Richmond (the Confederate capital) and the end of the dream for a Confederacy. This than is what this section of my page is dedicated to, the tactics, the strategy, the sheer determination of a people to survive, personnified by General Robert E. Lee.
COMPLETED 03 March 99
Overland Campaign, the beginning of the end for the Confederacy.
Overland Campaign Map

General William Tecumseh Sherman, USA
General William T. Sherman
General William Tecumseh Sherman-This part of my site is dedicated to detailing the scourge and brutality of General William T. Sherman, commanding a combined Union army of 100,000 and receiving orders from General Grant to "move against Johnston's army, to break it up, and to get into the interior of the enemy's country...inflicting all the damage you can." As General Grant put his plan int action and faced General Lee's army in "The Wilderness", General Sherman began his "March to the Sea."


Completed 15 March 99


Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart -This part of my site is dedicated to the life of Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart, considered as the South's last Cavalier. Given command as Chief of Cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia, General Stuart was General Lee's "Eyes" and was ably suited as a dashing, poetic, example of the fighting spirit of the Confederacy.


COMPLETED 07 May 99

Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart, CSA; The Eyes of the Army of Northern Virginia.
General James Ewell Brown Stuart


Lieutenant General Thomas Jonathan Jackson, CSA; Lieutenant General Thomas Jonathan Jackson -This part of my site is dedicated to the life of Lieutenant General Thomas Jonathan Jackson, often considered insane by those who did not know him, a highly respected, taciturn man, who was thought to be a great strategist and was respected for his brilliance. His uncanny ability to get the last measure from his men, his firm grasp on strategy and tactics, and his military prowess, are to this day studied by modern day tacticians and historians, alike.


STARTED 04 March 2003


The Family Yankee Connection-This part of my site will document one of the most celebrated oddities of the American Civil War: family members on both sides of the fighting. Our family is no different. Our paternal Great Great Grandfather Henry Stancliff, served with the 119th New York Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, Company S, with the Army of the Potomac, USA. He served from 04 September 1862 until 20 June 1865. During that time he was at the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, and several other battles in Georgia under the command of General Hooker.


COMPLETED 18 December 2001

Henry and Alice Stancliff

General Order No. 9
General Order No. 9
General Order No. 9This part of my site is to show yet another part that my family played in the great struggle we all know as the "American Civil War", the "War between the States", the "Second American Revolution", or the "War of Northern Oppression".

On the 10th of April, 1865... General Robert E. Lee gave his famous farewell address to his proud but humbled army, the Army of Northern Virginia. This address is known today as "General order No. 9".

The photo on the left is courtesy of Stratford Hall Plantation, Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, Inc. Their site can be visited at www.stratfordhall.org


Completed 22 January 2006



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Hampton Roads Cemeteries - A wonderful tool to any genealogist is the cemetery head-stone. It can tell you so much about a deceased person; born, died, places lived, religion, familiy affiliations, etc... There are hundreds of cemeteries in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Headstone
Valley of Information The Soundex System is a shorthand system used for coding surname information about descendants... It is used in various micro-fiche products and even has great use in many genealogical database programs.

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