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Letter from William Thomas Fincher to
Joseph T. and Martha Fincher


Camp Near Griswold Station 1

          Febuary 21st 1863
Dear Father and Mother
I am now on my way to Savannah   we ar on the Cars and three days rations Cooked   I am well and hop that thes feau lines may find you enjoying the same blessing  we held our election yestarday and Cap Story 2 was elected Colonel  Eavens 3 Lieutenant Colonel  Capt. Womble 4 Magor  Lieutenant Thornton 5 started home to day  ther was several that got furlow to day  wayed Turner is at hom  he promised to see you for me  I am very well satisfyed as I stated in my other leter  I have not any thin to write to you so I will Close  give my love to all the connection

Your son as ever
W. T. Fincher 6

You must excuse my short leter as I have to stand up in the Car and write on a box

Much of the information provided in these notes is from the book, Joe Brown's Army, by William Harris Bragg, Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 1987.

1 Griswoldville was a station on the Central of Georgia railroad where the Joe Brown Volunteers had first assembled on Monday, February 16, 1863. Regimental elections were held at Camp Wayne, west of Griswoldville, on February 20. Return to top

2 Richard Lawson Storey (age 40), a farmer from Wilkinson County, was elected regimental commander. Return to top

3 Beverly D. Evans (born 1826), an attorney from Sandersville who already had seen service in the Confederacy, was instrumental in the organization of the 2nd Regiment, Georgia State Line. Return to top

4 D. W. Womble (age thirty-six), was a farmer from Upson County. Return to top

5 There were two lieutenants named Thornton in Co. D, Second Regiment, Georgia State Line:  2nd Lt. Ruben Y. Thornton and 3rd Lt. Henry H. Thornton. Return to top

6 Thomas, son of Joseph T. and Eliza Barrett Fincher (deceased), wrote this letter to his father and step mother soon after the inception of the 2nd Regiment, Georgia State Line.   The Sandersville Central Georgian for 11 February 1863 printed this notice of the first rendezvous for the regiment:

Attention Joe Brown Volunteers!  You are hereby ordered to parade at Sandersville MONDAY 16th instant at 12 o'clock M. for inspection and pay and to be formally enrolled in the State Service, pursuant to orders from the Adjutant and Inspector General.  Every member of the company will be expected to be present and no excuse considered valid that acocounts for his absence.  Each member will bring with him a Blanket, Quilt, or Counterpane, as the State cannot furnish these articles or a proper substitute for them, and also at least two days' rations to subsist on, preparatory to take the cars for Fort Valley, Houston County, Georgia, the place of rendezvous designated.  [Joe Brown's Army," Bragg, p.38]
The place of rendezvous was later changed to Griswoldville. Return to top

       For additional information about the two regiments of the Georgia State Line, please visit the following web sites: Return to the Fincher Collection
Page updated 3 Feb 2010.