Oglethorpe Light Infantry papers
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Oglethorpe Light Infantry papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 8th. Company B.
Title: Oglethorpe Light Infantry papers
Dates: 1856-1900
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0596

Biographical/Historical Note

The Oglethorpe Light Infantry was organized in Savannah on January 8, 1856. John N. Lewis was the troop's first captain, but he resigned after holding the position for only a few months. Francis S. Bartow was then elected as captain. In January, 1861, a detachment of the company under Capt. Bartow was ordered to take possession of and occupy Fort Pulaski at the mouth of the Savannah River. The corps was mustered into Confederate service as two companies, Co. A and Co. B. Oglethorpe Light Infantry, Co. A became Co. B of the 8th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment and was sent to Virginia. Bartow remained with this company as Colonel; he was killed at the first Battle of Manassas in July, 1861. The original Oglethorpe Light Infantry Company B became Co. H of the 1st Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Army of Tennessee. The Oglethorpe Light Infantry continued after the Civil War as part of the 1st Georgia National Guard Regiment. It was disbanded after World War I. It now exists as an association which celebrates anniversaries of important events in the history of the company and takes part in Civil War reenactments.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of items pertaining to the Oglethorpe Light Infantry of Savannah. The first item is a petition to Capt. John N. Lewis from members of the troop, 1856, requesting Lewis' resignation as Captain of the Corps. It is signed by the members. The second item is an undated list of names of members; Francis S. Bartow is listed as the captain. Also included in the collection are clippings about the Oglethorpe Light Infantry, one from the Savannah Morning News, 1876, observing the 15th Anniversary of the 1st Battle of Manassas (where Capt. Bartow was killed); one from an unidentified newspaper, 1881, regarding the 25th anniversary of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry and containing a list of the company members involved in the 1st Battle of Manassas; and a clipping form the Savannah Morning News, 1900, giving a history of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry.

Index Terms

Bartow, Francis S., (Francis Stebbins), 1816-1861.
Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 8th. Company B.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Oglethorpe Light Infantry papers, MS 596, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of W.P. Holt, 1956.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Petition to Capt. John N. Lewis from members of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry, 1856 ( 1.0 page ) View online.
Requesting Lewis' resignation as Captain of the Corps. Signed by members.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
Item 2: Undated list of names ( 4.0 pages )
This is an early list as Francis S. Bartow is the captain. It is written in pencil.
Items 3-5: Clippings, 1876-1900
From Savannah Morning News, July 21, 1876, regarding observances on the 15th Anniversary of the 1st Battle of Manassas; from an unidentified, undated newspaper 1881, regarding the 25th Anniversary of the OLI with a list of members in the 1st Battle of Manassas; from Savannah Morning News, Feb. 11, 1900, giving history of the OLI (2 copies).