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  • Joel A. Cornwell - 14th Georgia Infantry - C.S.A / Sold

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    Joel A. Cornwell - 14th Georgia Infantry - C.S.A. - Inventory Number: DOC 214 / Sold

    Letter was written a month before his death at Gettysburg!  

    From Jasper County, GA, he enlisted on 7/9/1861 as a Private into company “C” of the 14th GA Infantry.  He was killed on 7/2/1863 at Gettysburg, PA.  Reportedly was shot by sniper fire.  Date of deatrh shown in Family Record maintained by Rhoda Cornwell Hook, his sister. 

    14th Infantry Regiment was organized by Colonel A.V. Brumby during the spring of 1861 with men recruited in Jasper, Johnson, Pierce, Dougherty, and Worth counties. Ordered to Virginia the unit served under General Floyd in the Kanawha Valley, then was assigned to General W.Hampton's, J.R. Anderson's, and E.L. Thomas's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It was active from Seven Pines to Cold Harbor, endured the battles and hardships of the Petersburg siege south of the James River, and ended the war at Appomattox. The regiment had 379 effectives in April, 1862, and sustained 138 casualties during the Seven Days' Battles, 28 at Cedar Mountain, and 52 at Second Manassas. It lost 8 killed and 67 wounded at Chancellorsville and twelve percent of the 331 engaged at Gettysburg. On April 9, 1865, there were 20 officers and 147 men present.

    Joel A. Cornwell:

    Residence Jasper County GA;

    Enlisted on 7/9/1861 as a Private.

    On 7/9/1861 he mustered into "C" Co. GA 14th Infantry

    He was Killed on 7/2/1863 at Gettysburg, PA

    4th Child of Obadiah and Mary Ann Cornwell

    Shown in consensus of 1850 as age 12

    Shown on census of 1860 as age 21

    Inventory Number: DOC 214 / Sold