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General Barton & Stovall History Heritage Association (GBSHHA)
Founded by Descendants of the
40th • 41st • 42nd • 43rd • 52nd Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiments
1862 * 41st Georgia Only ** 40th, 42nd, 43rd, & 52nd Only
Camp McDonald March Nearly 7,000 men from 33 north Georgia counties mustered in at Camp McDonald in Big Shanty (now Kennesaw, GA). Placed under the command of General Seth Barton, they would comprise the 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd & 52nd Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiments and fight together for most of the war.

Camp Van Dorn April-June
Unveiled March 28, 2007, exactly 145 years to the day Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiments arrive at Camp Van Dorn, this Tennessee historical highway marker was the result of 10 years of research and persistent navigation of numerous state bureaucracies by Gary R. Goodson, Sr. of Shawnee, CO, 40th Georgia Regiment descendant. The marker, paid for by donations from several GBSHHA members, is located on the south side of Western Ave. in Knoxville, TN.

MARCH 28 - JULY 28, 1862
Major General E. Kirby Smith of the Confederate Army established Camp Van Dorn 1.5 to 2 miles west of Knoxville Depot, near the banks of a little stream, Third Creek. It operated from March 28 through July 28, 1862. Most Georgia Confederate Infantry regiments, including the 37th, 39th, 40th and 52nd from Camp McDonald at "Big Shanty", Georgia were here. Diseases decimated the ranks of the Ga. 40th and 52nd, killing 137. Most of these Confederate dead were buried in
Bethel Cemetery here in Knoxville.

Corinth Campaign April-June *

Cumberland Gap April-September** "Col. (Abda) Johnson got permission to march the 40th through the Gap and camp at the foot of the mountain on the Kentucky side. Here was good ground, fine springs, and was the place where the enemy had established a hospital and left his sick, which Col. Johnson saw were not disturbed by our men." - Major Raleigh S. Camp, 40th Georgia, September 18, 1862. At Cumberland Gap in 2003, GBSHHA Founder, then President, and 40th Georgia descendant, Gary Ray Goodson, Sr., fires a salute to the Georgia Brigade.

Battle of Perryville October 8 * The fight for the hearts of Kentuckians concluded when two armies clashed in a mighty struggle over a more immediate need - water. General Maney's Tennesseans, including the 41st Georgia, routed General Terrill's yankees but at a horrific cost.

Library of Congress

Chickasaw Bayou Dec 26, 1862 - Jan 2, 1863 **
"Fortifying the entire range from Vicksburg to Haine’s Bluff ...These fortifications consisted of an abatis in front of the bluffs averaging one mile in width. At the foot of the bluff they had rifle pits the entire way. Above the rifle pits, and in the face of the bluff they had constructed batteries, mounting one gun each. At short intervals all the way along. On the summit of the bluffs they had thrown up earthworks which could cover field artillery. When brought into action at any of the points on the line. Thus the entire ranges of hills were one complete bristling fortification, dangerous to apporach and difficult to capture which were held by the armies of Price and Pemberton who amounted to 50,000 troops with 160 guns in battery."

The view of the bluffs at Chickasaw Bayou, where Barton's Brigade awaited the Yankee's approach on the morning of Dec 28, 1862, changed little in 142 years when members of GBSHHA visited in 2004.
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