F M Darsey Co K 16th Georgia Vol Infantry son of John Speer Darsey?
Hello Darsey Researchers
Do you know if the Francis Marion Darsey who is the son of John Speer Darsey served in 16th Georgia Volunteer Infantry? There is an 'F. M. Darsey' listed in carded records of Co K 16th Georgia Infantry.
The 16th GA Infantry Regiment (also called Sallie Twiggs Regiment) was organized during the summer of 1861. The ten companies were raised in the counties of Columbia, Elbert, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Madison, and Walton (although there were members from other counties). Company K was organized by Captain Robert J.Boyd (Capt Boyd was killed at Malvern Hill, Va. July 1,1862.) The Company was organized at Columbia County, GA and aka "Ramsey Vols."
The Regiment was sent from Athens, Ga to Virginia; assigned to Genl Howell Cobb's brigade; and encamped at Richmond from July 19, 1861 until October 20, 1861, when they were ordered to Yorktown. The Regiment fought with Magruder at Yorktown, Lee's Mill (Dam No. 1), and Williamsburg and remained encamped at Camp Lamar (near Yorktown) through the winter.
Here are the carded records of interest:
Appears on Regimental Returns as follows:
Private Co K 16th Reg't Georgia Infantry
for the month of December 1861.
Alterations since last return among the enlisted men
Date Dec 26, 1861
Remarks: Sent home with body of Private Jones date Dec 26 '61 return by Jan 10 62.
Appears on a Register of Officers and Soldiers of the Army of the Confederate States who were killed in battle, or who died of wounds or disease.
F. M. Darsey
Pvt Co K 16 Regt
Where born Columbia Co Ga
When deceased Sept 24 1862
Where and from what cause (blank)
There are no additional records. Sept 24 1862 would have been very soon after the 16th Georgia suffered heavy losses at Crampton's Gap (South Mountain, MD) on Sept 14, 1862. He could have been injured there and died as a result of his wounds. Men who died in Confederate hospitals or in the hands of the enemy (Prisoners of War) typically have records of their hospital admission, treatment, and death. Since he has none, there is no way to tell for sure how he died or from what cause.
As I said, I am not certain that this Francis M Darsey, son of John Speer Darsey, is the man who served in the 16th, but Co K was from Columbia County, GA and, really, how many F M Darsey's could there have been? Perhaps someone who knows will see this information and let me know if it is correct?