Jacob Phinizy served in the 8th Georgia Infantry from early 1861 until his death on the battlefield at Second Manassas 30 August 1862. This is the first of his letters home to his cousin Patrick Stevens in Oglethorpe Co., Ga., who was a delegate to the Ga. House. Phinizy was promoted to captain and became the commander of Company K of the Regiment, the Oglethorpe Rifles. He fell at 2nd Manassas on the last day after noon. The regiment was cited for bravery by Beauregard. I am in the process of transcribing and posting these letters at this site in his memory. He lies somewhere at Manassas in an unmarked grave.