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Georgians in the Union Army

Marker ID: GHS 
Location: at Highway 53 and Highway 9 S, Dawsonville, GA
County: Dawson
Coordinates: N 34° 25.277    W 084° 07.143
  34.42128333    -84.11905
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Georgians in the Union Army Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Georgians in the Union Army

The First Georgia Volunteer Infantry Battalion (U.S.), also known as the First Georgia State Troops Volunteers (U.S.), was a United States Army unit raised in Dawson and other North Georgia counties during the Civil War, after federal troops entered the state in 1864. The First Georgia guarded the U.S. supply line along the Western & Atlantic Railroad, fought skirmishes with Confederate forces including state militia and guerillas, and participated in the defense of Dalton in October 1864. In July 1865 the unit was mustered out in Dawson. Throughout the war, North Georgia was a focal point of Unionist sentiment and resistance to Confederate conscription and taxation policies that resulted in a brutal inner civil war with atrocities on both sides. More than 5,000 Georgians, black and white, fought for the United States against the Confederacy during the Civil War, mostly in units raised in East Tennessee and northern Alabama.

201.13 Erected for the Civil War 150 Commemoration by the Georgia Historical Society
and the Georgia Department of Economic Development 42-1

Georgians in the Union Army
Photo by David Seibert


Dedicated September 28, 2011

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Wikipedia: List of Georgia Union Civil War units
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