CONFEDERATE GEORGIA TROOPS
56th Regiment, Georgia Infantry
56th Infantry Regiment [also called 55th Regiment] was organized during the late spring of
1862. Some of the men were from Carroll, Chattahoochee, and Dooly counties. The unit served
at Cumberland Gap, then moved to Mississippi. Here it was assigned to T.H. Taylor's Brigade,
Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, and after fighting at Champion Hill was captured at Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. Exchanged and
assigned to General Cummings' Brigade, the 56th was involved in the operations of the Army of
Tennessee from Chattanooga to
Bentonville. It reported 74
casualties at Chattanooga, totalled 434 men and 277 casualties in December, 1863, and during
January, 1865, when it was consolidated with Glenn's 36th Regiment, 232 were present. Few
surrendered in April. The field officers were Colonel E.P. Watkins, Lieutenant Colonel J.T.
Slaughter, and Majors James P. Bewster and M.L. Pool.
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