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
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