The Georgia 42nd Infantry Regiment was assembled at Camp McDonald, Georgia, in March, 1862, with men from Gwinnett, De Kalb, Newton, Walton, Fulton, and Calhoun counties. The regiment moved to Tennessee, then Mississippi where it was attached to General Barton's Brigade in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. It fought at Chickasaw Bayou and Champion's Hill, and on July 4, 1863, was captured at Vicksburg. Exchanged and brigaded under General Stovall, the 42nd continued the fight in various battles from Missionary Ridge to Bentonville. In December, 1863, it contained 444 men and 394 arms, and in November, 1864, there were 345 present for duty. The regiment surrendered with the Army of Tennessee with 5 officers and 126 men. A firsthand account, "History of the 42nd Infantry Regiment," was written by Capt. W. L. Calhoun of Company K. Companies Of The GA 42nd Infantry Regiment Company A - Gwinnett County Company B - Gwinnett County Company C - Milton County Company D - Dekalb County Company E - Newton County Company F - Newton County Company G - Walton County Company H - Walton County Company I - Fulton County Company K - Fulton County
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