"CNFEDERATE HEROES OF COWETA"Over the years SCV Camp 1729 has placed VA/CSA grave markers on the graves of many Confederate soldiers in Coweta County and other places. There were many soldiers whose story are well documented and interesting. I will high- light one of these from time to time, they will be from or have links to the Coweta County area.
Colonel George H. CarmicalBorn Newberry SC 23 Jan 1864, Died Newnan GA 31 Oct 1929 MUSTER ROLL OF COMPANY A, 7th REGIMENT GEORGIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA COWETA COUNTY, GEORGIA COWETA GUARDS OR COWETA 2d DISTRICT GUARDS Carmical, George H- 2d Lieutenant May 31, 1861. Elected Captain December 16, 1861; Major July 1, 1862. Wounded in knee at 2d Manassas, Va. August 30, 1862. Elected Lieut. Colonel September 1, 1862. Wounded in shoulder at Knoxville, Tenn. December 4, 1863. Elected Colonel July 27, 1864. Wounded in face at Fussell's Mill, Va. August 16, 1864. Surrendered Appomattox, Va. April 9, 1865. Wounded four times in battle recieved soldier's penson for loss of eye $30.00 COL. GEORGE H. CARMICAL, of Newnan, Ga., was born in 1842. He is a son of William and Margaret (Hunter) Carmical, both natives of South Carolina, and came to Georgia with them when he was ten years old. He received a common school education, and in May, 1861, enlisted in Company A, Seventh Georgia regiment. He entered as a lieutenant, in which position he served about seven months, when, the company being reorganized, he was chosen captain. In this position he only served a short time, when their major was killed at the Malvern Hill battle. Capt. Carmical was then promoted to the rank of major, and served in that capacity until the death of Col. W. T. Wilson, who was killed in the battle of Second Manassas. He was then promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, which place he filled until the resignation of Col. White, who had been severely wounded at Garnet farm, when he was promoted to the colonelcy of the regiment. His regiment was engaged in some very hard conflicts, such as the battle of Malvern Hill, both battles of Manassas, Antietam, Gettysburg and the battle at Knoxville, Tenn. Col. Carmical was wounded in each of the battles of Manassas, and at Knoxville, Tenn., he received four shot wounds. At Fussell's mill he was hit by a ball which went through his nose and out under the left eye, leaving a very ugly scar, one of seven. After partial recovery from this wound he returned to his regiment, while camped near Richmond, Va., and surrendered at Appomattox Court House. After the war he returned home and was the first man elected to the office of sheriff of Coweta county, which position he resigned and returned to farming until 1882, when he was again elected to the same office, which he has since held. In 1876 he was married to Miss Florence Robinson, daughter of John E. and Sarah (Ramey) Robinson, both natives of Georgia. Col. Carmical is a man of great courage and has but few equals. He won many laurels for a man of his age while in the war, as he was only nineteen when he entered the service. He is a member of the masonic order and is highly respected by all who know him. Transcribed from MEMOIRS OF GEORGIA published by the Southern Historical Association, 1895. On January 31, 1984 Sharpshooter’s charter member Dr. Kerry Elliott and others charted the G. H. Carmical/Coweta Guard Camp #715 Sons of Confederate Veterans in Newnan. Other charter members were Commander Jim Cabannis, Billy Perkins, James P. Parks, W. Thomas Camp, James S. Chapman, Tim David, Greg Perkins, Brown Powell, Bob Rickman, Stephen L. Short, James L. Slatten and Tom Falls, honorary member. These men were the forerunners the SCV camps in Coweta County and it is fitting that the first SCV Camp was named in honor of this most gallant soldier. He was at the start of the war and even with suffering many battle wounds was at it’s end, he fought all the way. Colonel George H. Carmical CSA is buried in Oak Hill under the shadow of the Confederate flag. Next time you are there walk over and pay your respects.
Dr. Abraham C. North
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