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Bud Stephens (#47740883)
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My name is Bud Stephens (grew up as Buddy, but shorten to Bud because one of my cousins was named Buddy first). I am retired and researching my families, trying to find where my ancestors are buried. My families include Stephens, Raileys, Goodman and Hobbs. Most of my family settled in South Ga. in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
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Vance Harris
RE: Henry J. Stephens
No, it didn't list his county of residence. I don't have his service record in front of me but he likely enlisted at Dalton Ga...I am willing to bet that is where he enlisted as that is where the unit was at the time of his enlistment but that doesn't tell us where he was from. The service records usually only tell a person's residence in the union prison records, when the person was captured. Private, H. J. Stephens was never captured so we don't have that information. As I said, the company he enlisted in was a mixed company from the start with men from all over the State of Georgia, a few men from South Carolina. I have also found one who listed his residence as Jasper Co. Kentucky and another who listed his residence as Middlesex New Jersey which makes tracking down these soldiers even harder.
Added by Vance Harris on Aug 19, 2014 6:06 PM
Vance Harris
RE: Henry J. Stephens
You may very well be correct but according to the compiled service records for Private H. J. Stephens, he didn't enlist until March 17, it still could be him.
Added by Vance Harris on Aug 19, 2014 5:00 PM
Vance Harris
RE: Henry J. Stephens
Well I don't know for sure if this is your Great Grandfather. I did find where a Henry Stephens filed for Pension in Thomas County Georgia but he is not the one that I am looking for....

There was a Private H. J. Stephens who enlisted in a company called "The Baker Volunteers" They were a mixed company containing men from all over the state of Georgia, a few from South Carolina, and I have even found one member who claimed to be from New Jersey. These men were all rallied together because of the Captain of the Company Anthony Francis Rudler who was kind of a celebrity in Georgia due to his filibustering with William Walker down in Honduras. So men from everywhere enlisted to fight with Captain Rudler. The Baker Volunteers was organized at Augusta Georgia and was sent to Lynchburg Virginia where they joined the 3rd Battalion Georgia Infantry commanded by Lt. Col. Marcellus Augustus Stovall who would later be promoted to Brigadier General. The Baker Volunteers became Company G, 3rd Battalion Georgia Infantry. In May of 1863, the 3rd Batt'n was done away with. The Baker Volunteers and one other company were used to create a Battalion of Sharpshooters, the 4th Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters. Here is the entry for H. J. Stephens in the roster I have created:

Stephens, H. J. Private, March 17, 1864. Transferred to Company B, 54th Georgia Consolidated Infantry. Surrendered with the Army of Tennessee on April 26, 1865 at Greensboro N.C. He was paroled there on May 1, 1865.

If you think this could be your ancestor then I would love to know...I would also like a photograph of him if you think this is indeed your ancestor.
Added by Vance Harris on Aug 19, 2014 5:03 AM
Vance Harris
Henry J. Stephens
Mr. Stephens,

Do you have any idea about any military service for your ancestor Henry J. Stephens. I am currently conducting research for a book and have encountered a Private H. J. Stephens who appear to have survived the war. He was paroled with the surrender of the Army of Tennessee. I am wondering if this could be your ancestor? Any information on the military service of Henry J. Stephens would be greatly appreciated.
Added by Vance Harris on Aug 18, 2014 9:46 AM
Thanks for linking Roger Barfield to his parents.

Added by Martha on Aug 10, 2014 3:38 PM

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