Taylor County Georgia Genealogical Historical Society
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Flag

6th Georgia Infantry Regiment

Sybil Willingham. Courtesy the Wallace-Edwards Chapter of the UDC of Taylor Co., Ga.

The flag of the 6th has been given by Emory University to the Georgia State Capitol Collection! This is it!

The 6th Regiment consisted of ten companies including :

Upon organizing the Regiment, Captain Alfred holt Colquitt of Co. H. (The Baker Co Fire Eaters) was elected Colonel. This was the first Confederate Regiment to tender its services to the government for three years or the length of the war.

The flag was not surrendered. Lt. James Monroe Culpepper, brought it home, smuggled in his coat. After the war, Culpepper served as a state senator, county commissioner, Ft. Valley City Councilman and water commissioner. He had two children by his first wife, Martha Kemp. After her death, he married her sister, Nancy. They had five girls and two boys. All the girls and Nancy Culpepper, were charter members of the Charles D. Anderson Chapter UDC in Ft. Valley. Of the sons, Autie Monroe never married.

The son, Lawton, also the youngest child, gave the flag and the other relics to Emory University on March 31, 1964. Emory turned the flag of the 6th over to Dorothy Olson recently.

Lawton Culpepper's son, Manny, was located and Dorothy contacted him. He was very pleased that the flag would be conserved and displayed.

I asked Dorothy to be sure to tell him that the UDC is committed to raising the money to conserve this precious flag. Three UDC Chapters that are located in counties that sent companies of the 6th have committtee to work for this flag. The Wallace-Edwards Chapter of Taylor Co, the Crawford County Chapter, and the Charles D. Anderson Chapter of Ft. Valley will be hosting a reception to raise money for the flag. You are invited to Ft. Valley on Sunday, December 7 for the event. The Greg-great nephew of Dr. J.W. Avera, who accepted the first flag sewn by the ladies of Ft. Valley has graciously offered his home for the reception.

Rosters of these companies

Virginia Crilley.

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