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LTC Charles James Munnerlyn

LTC Charles James Munnerlyn

Birth
Georgetown, Georgetown County, South Carolina, USA
Death 17 May 1898 (aged 76)
Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA
Burial Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 63403335 · View Source
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Confederate Patriot and Congressman: A grandson of an American Revolutionary War soldier, he responded at the very first call for shoulders when southern succession was accomplished and war was declared. He volunteered as a private in the Bainbridge Independent, First Georgia regiment. At the time the American Civil War began, he was probably the wealthiest plantation owner in Decatur County, Georgia, yet he enlisted into the private ranks. Being an only child, he had inherited the beginning of his wealth with his father Charles Lewis Munnerlyn's death in 1857, a successful plantation owner. He was educated and studied law at Emory College, Oxford, Georgia and was admitted to the bar. He found that he had other desires and never regularly practiced law. In 1861 he was a delegate to the succession convention representing Decatur County, Georgia, voting for Georgia's succession from the federal union. He favored the formation of the southern confederacy and advocated the election of Jefferson Davis to confederate presidency and was always one of that great statesman's admirers and closets friends. During the Lauret Hill retreat from northwestern Virginia he and a large portion of the First Georgia regiment were lost for a week without food in the Allegheny Mountains. This terrible incident broke down his health and he retired from the army. After returning home to Decatur County, Georgia, he was elected to the confederate congress serving as a representative from 1862 to 1864. He was defeated for re-election the next term due to his having voted for the conscript act, an unpopular law at the time amongst the majority. Continuing to serve his beloved south, he once again enlisted as a private soldier in Colonel Scott's battalion, Florida cavalry. Finding out about his patriotism, President Davis, who knew and appreciated his merit appointed him a major's commission and ordered him to Florida to organize a regiment south of the military line. The regiment's duty was to keep a steady flow of supplies, especially cattle to the starving army in Virginia. This duty he devotedly performed, securing his promotion to lieutenant colonel, a position he held at the end of the war. This regiment he commanded was eventually combined with others and formed in to the First Battalion Florida Special Cavalry which he commanded as lieutenant colonel. The battalion often referred to as the "Cattle Battalion", "Cow Calvary", "Commissary Battalion" or "Munnerlyn's Battalion," composed of nearly 800 soldiers. At the end of the war under advisement of General Sam Jones commander in Florida, he was asked to lay low and be ready to facilitate the escape of any officers of the late Confederate government who might wish to leave the country. He assisted in the escape of the confederate secretary of war, Judah P. Jones. The war over he returned home a poor man, his wealth swept away, he had risked all and lost all for his country. Without any complaints or disparaging word he accepted this outcome like the valiant gentleman he was. In the years to come after the war, Colonel Munnerlyn was elected ordinary of Decatur County, Georgia and held the office for 14 years until his death. In this office, he was instrumental in building the Atlantic and Gulf railroad, called the Savannah at the time of his death, to Bainbridge, Georgia. This southern gentleman was put to rest with Masonic honors in the family graveyard near "Refuge" the family home.



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CHARLES JAMES MUNNERLYN
FEB.14,1822
MAY 16,1898
Lofty in body and mind, noble patriot and
Christian venerated and admired by his
Country and lamented by his posterity.
[Masonic seal in center of slab]

Gravesite Details over the years, the writing on this stone has worn off and is nearly no longer legible

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  • Created by: Jamesmun
  • Added: 28 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63403335
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTC Charles James Munnerlyn (14 Feb 1822–17 May 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63403335, citing Munnerlyn Cemetery, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Jamesmun (contributor 47405037) .