65th Infantry Regiment was organized during the spring of 1863 using the infantry battalion
of Smith's Georgia Legion as its nucleus. Some of the men were from Gilmer and Floyd counties.
After serving in East Tennessee the unit was attached to J.H. Kelly's, J.K. Jackson's, and Gist's
Brigade, Army of Tennessee. The 65th fought with the army from Chickamauga to Nashville, then was active in North
Carolina. In December, 1863, it contained 291 men and 226 arms but was further reduced when
it surrendered in April, 1865. The field officers were Colonels John S. Fain, William G. Foster,
Robert H. Moore, and Sumner J. Smith; Lieutenant Colonel Jacob W. Pearcy; and Major Samuel
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