2nd Georgia Cavalry, Company G, CSA

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The following information was very generously contributed by Jeff Dunn

The company that Littleton M. Spinks joined in 1862 became Co. G of the 2nd Georgia Cavalry. Many of these recruits were from Marion County. Spinks somehow managed to survive the war and was in every battle with this company, including the last one at Bentonville, NC in 1865.

If you are interested in a "home boy's account" of the war, see the L.M. Spinks entry below from the book published by Mamie Yeary in 1912 entitled "Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray." Yeary was the daughter of a Confederate veteran who lived in Texas. In the early 1900s she sent detailed questionnaires to all Confederate veterans she could find who were then living in Texas. Spinks was one of the recipients and he wrote an interesting account of his experiences. Someone in Marion County, Ga. might be interested in this account.

The following eyewitness account of the experiences of Littleton Marion Spinks, a Confederate volunteer from Marion County, Georgia, was published on pp. 713-14 in "Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray 1861-1865" compiled by Miss Mamie Yeary (1912). This book was reprinted by Morningside Press in 1986. Miss Yeary, a daughter of a Confederate veteran who lived in MacGregor, Texas, was concerned that the stories of the old veterans were not being preserved in written format. In the early 1900s she sent a detailed questionnaire to all Confederate veterans then living in Texas and asked for their experiences. She then compiled their accounts verbatim in this remarkable book (over 900 pages). Every Southern state is well represented, included accounts from over 70 different Georgia regiments. L. M. Spinks is the only account I could find which reflected the experiences of a volunteer from Marion County. (He also happens to be my wife's G-G-GF).

"L. M. SPINKS, Valley Springs, Texas - Born March 9, 1842, at Talbotton, Ga. Enlisted in the Confederate Army April 13, 1862, at Buena Vista, Ga., as a private in Company G, Second Georgia Cavalry, Forrest's Brigade, Iverson's Division, Wheeler's Corps, Army of Tennessee. My first Captain was Thomas Jordan, and first Colonel, Lawton. At the battle of Perryville, Ky., Gen. Cheatham's escort left him and he took our company for his escort and we remained with him two years, when we were sent back to our regiment. I was never wounded, taken prisoner nor promoted. Was in the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Resaca, Missionary Ridge, and on down through Georgia and then through South Carolina and North Carolina to Bentonville where we had our last battle and surrendered at Greensboro, N.C.

"On Forrest's raid on Murfreesboro [July 1862], we captured one regiment and their general and then went out one mile north of town and charged a regiment and four cannons and were repulsed. We fell back to town and rested ourselves and horses and about 2 o'clock surrounded them, when they surrendered without the fire of a gun. Gen. Forrest then made us a speech and told us he was going all over Tennessee, and our next raid was on Lebanon which was a long and hard march all night and when we got there the Yankees were all gone. Here we rested a few days and made a raid on a squad of Yankees at Nashville, capturing them and burned the Railroad bridge and recrossed the river, where I came near being drowned as my horse fell and went under the water. My Lieutenant went about a mile and got me another horse and I went on my way rejoicing but lost my coat. Next we crossed the Cumberland River above Nashville and went into Kentucky. We had several small engagements and joined Gen. Bragg near Bardstown and went to Perryville. This was a very bloody affair. Bragg got the best of it but the Yankees got reinforcements and that night Bragg fell back to Tennessee. Our next battle was at Murfreesboro. This was a bloody fight and I thought we were getting the best of it, but Bragg fell back to Shelbyville.

"On the 19th of September [1863] the battle of Chickamauga was commenced. The second day in the evening we routed the enemy and drove them back to Chattanooga, and we camped at Missionary Ridge. On November 24th the Yankees came out with seven lines of battle and drove us back to Dalton, Ga. It was the worst stampeded army I ever saw.

"We fought and skirmished around Atlanta till about the last of August [1864]. At Bentonville, N.C., on March 19, 1865, we had a hard fight and fell back toward Raleigh. April 20th they called us up in line and told us that Gen. Johnston had surrendered. The 5th day of May I rode up to father's gate the happiest ragged boy on earth, and have not surrendered yet. With nothing but a pony, a ragged suit of clothes and an old white hat that I took from a negro, I started life anew."

Editor's note: Spinks was married to Sarah F. Moore at Buena Vista about 1870 and they had many children. The entire family left for Texas about 1880 and settled at Valley Spring in Llano County (about 90 miles west of Austin). After Sarah's death in 1895, Spinks returned to Buena Vista and married Fanny Thaggerty. They returned to Texas where he lived until his death at Llano in 1926. Littleton Spinks and his family are buried in Valley Spring Cemetery.

 

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