38th Regiment
"Wright's Legion"
Georgia Volunteer Infantry
Army of Northern Virginia
C. S. A.

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38th Infantry Regiment, organized near Decatur, Georgia, during the summer of 1861, contained thirteen companies and 1,200 men. First called Wright's Legion, it served at Skidaway Island and Savannah. In May, 1862, when it was ordered to Virginia, two companies were detached and one transferred. The remaining ten were from the counties of De Kalb, Milton, Emanuel, Oglethorpe, Hart, Jefferson, Elbert, and Dawson. The 3 8th was assigned to Lawton's, John B. Gordon's, and C. A. Evans' Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It fought in many conflicts from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, then moved with Early to the Shenandoah Valley and was active around Appomattox. The unit lost 54 killed and 118 wounded at Gaines' Mill, sixty?two percent of the 260 engaged at Second Manassas, and seventy?seven percent of the 123 at Sharpsburg. In the fight at Fredericksburg there were 10 killed and 91 wounded, and of the 341 at Gettysburg, more than thirty?five percent were disabled. It surrendered with 112, of which 73 were armed. The field officers were Colonels George W. Lee, James D. Mathews, and Augustus R. Wright; Lieutenant Colonels Philip E. Davant and Lewis J. Parr; and Majors Thomas H. Bomar and John Y. Flowers.

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