Co. A, 22nd Batt'n Ga. Heavy Artillery CSA

This Web Site is in honored respect and glory to our Confederate ancestores who served in Co. A, 22nd Georgia Heavy Artillery Battalion "Bartow Artillery" 1861-1865.

For anyone that is interested, there will be a Sons of Confederate Veterans memorial service for George Washington Bright of the 22nd GA Artillery on May 25th at Mt. Paran Cemetery in Cleburne County, Alabama. It will be held at 1:30 pm. Anyone interested in attending can contact me for directions and other information. We have a footstone that we will be dedicating. Thanks, Randy Bright

Heavy artillery was the commonly used term for what is properly referred to as foot artillery. The more descriptive names of siege and garrison artillery were frequently employed.

"The Bartow Artillery...Reminisces of days that tried mens souls...History of a gallant company that left Griffin in 1861 to defend their homes against cruel invasion...." These are the headlines from an 1891 newspaper clipping that tells the tale of a group of young men recruited to leave their homes and farms in Spalding and neighboring counties to fight a war. Answering the call were 185 men who enlisted in what was to become the Bartow Artillery, Company A, 22nd Georgia Heavy Artillery. Co. A's Flag made and presented to the unit by Mrs. F.S. Bartow wife of Gen. Bartow for whom the unit was named. The banner was made of silk. It was a 1st national flag. On one side was, "Bartow Artillery" inscribed on the white bar.On the reverse side was eleven stars wrought in gold bullion in the blue field in the form of a cross, with the motto "NON SIBI SED ALLIS" @ top. Beneath was "NESCIT CEDERE" On the white bar "I GO TO ILLUSTRATE, IF I CAN, MY NATIVE STATE"." At the surrender of the company in 1865 Capt. George Niles OIC of the unit hid the flag in his shirt rather than sunrrender it. A few years ago the Niles family donated the flag to the Griffin Historical Society. It is in diear need of restoration and not suitable for display. An effort to have the flag restored is underway.

The Presentation of the Flag of the Bartow Artillery to the Georgia State Capitol Museum

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Francis S Bartow was born in Savannah on September 6, 1816. He later became a law student and graduated with honors from Franklin College in 1835. In 1837, he was admitted to the Bryan Superior Court and a member of the Georgia General Assembly from Chatham County from 1841. In 1861, he was a member of the Confederate Congress. He later became the instructor and captain of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry and went to Virginia where he was promoted to Colonel of the 8th Georgia Regiment. While leading a charge during the battle of First Manassas, a Yankee bullet hit his heart and he was caught in the arms of Col. Lucius Gartrell. Bartow lived long enough to say "Boys, they have killed me, but never give up the field". He is buried in the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah and on his granite memorial is written "They have killed me, boys." Bartow County, Georgia ,originally Cass County,was named for this man. Info from The History of Bartow County, Formerly Cass by Lucy Cunyus.This book is available from the Etowah Valley Historical Society.

After the fall of Fort Jackson Co. A, 22nd, now an Infantry unit, was attached to Elliott's Brigade of Hardee's Corps. They went on to fight in the remaining battles of the war and quickly gained the respect of veteran infantrymen and officer.

The Battle of Bentonville

Fought March 19-21,1865, was the last full scale action of the War of Northern Aggression in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive. This major battle, the largest ever fought in North Carolina, was the only significant attempt to defeat the large Union Army of Gen. William T. Sherman during its march through the Carolinas in the spring of 1865. Hardee's Corps Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee (Total Casualties: 526) Taliaferro's Division (323) Brig. Gen. William B. Taliaferro Elliott's Brigade Brig. Gen. Stephen Elliott Jr. (W) 22nd Georgia Battalion 28th Georgia Battalion (Bonaud's) 2nd South Carolina Heavy Artillery Hanleiter's Battalion Gist Guard Artillery For a brief synopsis of the Battle of Bentonville March 19-21, 1865 Click on the Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site link below.


Philip R. Brinson, president of the Coastal Heritage Society in Savannah, Ga., has made the War of 1861-1865 part of his life. Now he is searching for information and artifacts concerning Company A, 22nd Ga. Heavy Artillery. A book about the group by Mr. Brinson is pending. He already has lot of research on the company that is invaluable to any descendant of it's members. He is looking for diaries, artifacts, letters, photos anything that will help to learn about and keep alive the memory of these soldiers and what they did to defind their homes and heritage. Anyone with information on Co. A, 22nd Ga. Heavy Artillery please contact Mr. Brinson thru this Web Site Message Board or WebMaster. contact: Phil or Susan Brinson P.O. Box 8731 Savannah, Ga. 31412 PH: 912 902-8819 If you're going to Savannah, Georgia visit the Old Fort Jackson Museum at 1 Fort Jackson Road Savannah, Ga. 31404, and the Savannah History Museum, which the Coastal Heritage Society operates.The CHS is dedicated to preserving the cultrual and natural heritage of the coastal area and providing a sense of awareness and pride in the heritage through programs of active public involvement.

If you are a descendent of a member of "Bartow Artillery" please send us that information VIA message board or email Web Master. We will post it on the Descendents Page and add your name to the descendants list.

Muster Roll "BARTOW ARTILLERY" 1861-1865



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