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William W Forrister

Birth: 15 Sep 1834

Death: 1896


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Served in Company D, 12th Inf., Georgia as Pvt

Unit Details:
12th Infantry Regiment completed its organization in June, 1861, at Richmond, Virginia. Its members were from the counties of Sumter, Jones, Macon, Calhoun, Muscogee, Dooly, Putnam, Bibb, Lowndes, and Marion. Moving to Western Virginia, the unit was assigned to H.R. Jackson's command and shared in Lee's Cheat Mountain Campaign. Later it served in General E. Johnson's, Elzey's, Trimble's, Doles', and Cook's Brigade. The 12th participated in Jackson's Valley Campaign, then fought with the Army of Northern Virginia form the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor. Later it participated in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations and the Appomattox Campaign. This regiment lost 175 at McDowell, 45 at Groveton, and 59 at Sharpsburg. Its casualties were 12 killed and 58 wounded at Chancellorsville and sixteen percent of the 327 engaged at Gettysburg. Only 5 officers and 60 men surrendered in April, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Z.T. Conner, Edward Johnson, and Edward Willis; Lieutenant Colonels Mark H. Blanford, Isaac Hardeman, Willis A. Hawkins, T.B. Scott, and Abner Smead; and Major John T. Carson.

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