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James Bell Smith

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  • Name James Bell Smith 
    Born 1 Feb 1823  Tattnall, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jan 1891  Tattnall, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I23466  Smith Smyth Schmidt Smythe Smitt
    Branches/DNA Smith DNA GRP-R-M269-18 Smith Branch: Simon Smith 1754-1827 NC m Mary((YDNA)), Smith Branch: Simon Smith 1754- 1827-NC m Mary((YDNA))
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    Father James Smith,   b. 1780, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1841, Tatnall Co,GA,USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Frances Bell,   b. Abt 1778,   d. 1841, Bellville, Tattnall Co. Ga. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married 3 May 1809  Carteret, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (Family) 1820  Tattnall, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8595  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lewellen S G A Sikes 
    Children 
    +1. Daniel Harrison Smith,   b. 29 Oct 1841, Tattnall CO. GA (Bellville Ga.) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1892, Tattnall CO GA (Bellville GA) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F8596  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Feb 1823 - Tattnall, GA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jan 1891 - Tattnall, GA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Civil War( Confedrate) The unit continued in many great battles but Capt. James Bell Smith was musterAugust 31, 1861 marked the formation of the ?Tattnall Rangers, the first volunteer infantry company to be organized in Tattnall County. Beside the courthouse in Reidsville, the volunteers took the oath of allegiance to serve the Confederacy for three years or the duration of the war. The company was formally received by Col. Charles A. L. Lamar and Archibald P. McRae, a prominent Reidsville citizen and clerk of the Superior Court, was elected Captain. The ceremony was witnessed by a great crowd including wives and mothers. All thought the war would be over in a couple of months or a year at most.

      A few days later the ?Tattnall Rangers? gathered in a nearby field to receive military training. When the Montgomery County ?Sharp Shooters? joined them, both were ordered to Eden on the Central Railroad. The citizens of Tattnall carried the soldiers to the railroad in all assortment of vehicles, including wagons, carts, and buggies. A third company from Bulloch County, the ?Dekalb Guards? joined them and they all proceeded by rail to Guyton (Whitesville) to receive additional training.

      On September 12, 1861 camp was struck at Guyton and the companies were sent to Savannah and became part of the 7th Georgia Battalion. They were camped at Bethesda and Beulieu (both near Savannah). While receiving more training on Jekyll Island during the winter of 1861, the soldiers worked to fortify Georgia?s coast

      In March 1862, the volunteer infantry companies were sent back to Savannah and on to Charleston in April. There they were joined by another company from Tattnall County, the "Tattnall Volunteers? commanded by Captain James B. Smith. At this point the two Tattnall companies and the Bulloch County ?Dekalb Guards? organized a fourth company, Company K, remanded by Captain E. P. Sharp. With the formation of Company K, enough companies (9 or 10) were present to form a regiment, and the 61st Georgia Volunteer Regiment was established. Each company was comprised o f about 100 men, making the regiment total approximately 1000 men The ?Tattnall Rangers? were designated Company B, the ?Tattnall Volunteers? became Company H and the ?Dekalb Guards? from Bulloch became Company D. The 61st Georgia Volunteer Regiment became part of the Lawton Brigade and was ordered to Virginia in June of 1862 to join the command of General Stonewall Jackson in his Valley Campaign. On June 17th, not having fired a shot, they began some horrific marching (120 miles in 3 days) to join Gen. Lee at Richmond, earning for themselves, the nickname ?Stonewall?s Foot Cavalry?. Armed with new Enfield rifles the men the 61st entered their ?baptism of fire? at Cold Harbor (Gaines Mill), part of the Seven Days Battle of Richmond, June 26- July 2, 1862. The unit continued to fight in many great battles but Capt. James Bell Smith was mustered out upon reaching Va. due to an injury or illness (classified as "cancer of the leg") His son Daniel Harrison Smith continued to fight. More info under his name.


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