Forgotten South Georgia Confederates Remembered

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For Immediate Release December 1, 2008

Contact: John Fox 540-539-1260


“This book tells the story of the regiment and its men in rich detail,

based on extensive original sources, many of them never before in print.”

Robert K. Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain  and  Lee’s Colonels.

Forgotten South Georgia Confederates Remembered

Jim Parrish began to research his family background some ten years ago. His curiosity grew when he discovered that he had two great-great-grandfathers who had served in the 50th Georgia Infantry Regiment. Then he realized that no comprehensive history of the 50thGeorgia’s war experience existed. Determined to find answers, he embarked on a long journey that took him to places like Gettysburg, Savannah, Sharpsburg and Winchester. Many miles and many years later, Parrish’s search for answers has ended with the release of his new book, Wiregrass to Appomattox: The Untold Story of the 50thGeorgia Infantry Regiment, CSA.

Thousands of American families who had ancestors in the 50th Georgia can now reap the benefit of Parrish’s extensive research. Many of these families have longed to know more about their Confederate ancestors from south Georgia’s Wiregrass region. These soldiers hailed from the counties of Decatur, Thomas, Colquitt, Brooks, Berrien, Lowndes, Echols, Clinch, Coffee, Ware and Pierce. The reader can easily follow the trail of these men as they left their homes and headed toward Savannah and then the seat of war at Richmond.

 Parrish’s discovery of many previously unpublished letters, diaries and photographs ensures that the 50th Georgia veteran’s never-before-told-story will finally have an audience. The words of these men paint a vivid picture of war that extends beyond the battlefield. This story follows their sad trail as they dealt with illness, exhaustion, starvation and death. Yet, despite these problems and the difficult odds they faced, most of these soldiers refused to quit. They fought at many bloody places in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Tennessee under the command of famous men like Paul Semmes, James Longstreet and Robert E. Lee. Now, historians, genealogists, descendants and Civil War aficionados will be able to use this book as a resource for years to come thanks to the 28 maps, 100+ photos and complete soldiers’ roster.

Jim Parrish was born in Quitman, Georgia and was raised in Greenville, Florida. He received a B.A. in History from Florida State University and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of South Florida. He previously worked in local government in Leon County, Florida. Parrish now lives in Tallahassee where he operates his own business.

Wiregrass to Appomattox is available for $39.95 in fine bookstores or by visiting Angle Valley Press at or calling 1+800-247-6553.

 -30-Wiregrass to Appomattox: The Untold Story of the 50th Georgia Infantry Regiment, CSA., by James W. Parrish. First Edition. 6 x 9 hardback, 424 pages, 28 maps, 108 photos, notes, bibliography, index.   ISBN 13:  978-0-9711950-7-3.   $39.95.       Publication: November 2008.


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