Company F 12th Georgia Infantry
Confederate States Army
Enlisted on 6/11/1861 as a 1st Lieutenant.
On 6/11/1861 he was commissioned into "F" Co. GA 12th Infantry
(date and method of discharge not given)
He was listed as:
* Wounded 7/1/1863 Gettysburg, PA
* POW 10/19/1864 Cedar Creek, VA
* Oath of Allegiance 6/17/1865 Fort Delaware, DE
* Released 6/17/1865 Fort Delaware, DE
* Capt 9/4/1862
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia 1861-1865
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James Everett was born on June 29, 1821 in New York. He married Harriet Frances Foy (December 6, 1830-July 30, 1888), daughter of George Foy (October 20, 1794-November 5, 1882) and Anna Rebecca Dasher Foy (April 26, 1805-April 4, 1869) in Effingham County, Georgia on March 5, 1848. James and Harriet Everett immediately moved to Fort Valley Georgia, where their first child, Joel Everett was born on January 10, 1849. James Everett became a Missionary Baptist preacher in the Houstoun Association. The family lived in Americus, Georgia for a short period in the 1850s and then moved back to Fort Valley. He is listed as an ordained pastor of Bethany Church in Sumter County in 1859.
In 1861, at the outbreak of the Civil War, James Everett formed a company called the "Davis Guards" in which he was the captain. This company was not able to muster the requisite number of men, so it merged with another company called the "Brown Rifles," which was commanded by William F. Brown and which also was short of men. William F. Brown thereupon became the captain and James Everett the 1st lieutenant. The company was mustered into Confederate service on the capitol square in Richmond, Virginia on June 11, 1861 as Company F, 12th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A. It thereafter fought in all the major battles in Virginia, in the Gettysburg campaign, and in General Jubal A. Early's Maryland campaign in 1864. Captain William F. Brown was killed at the Battle of Ox Hill, Virginia on September 1, 1862 and James Everett was elected captain to succeed him. James Everett was badly wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863 and sent home to Fort Valley to recover. He returned to service in January, 1864. During the summer of 1864 the 12th Georgia Regiment had become so decimated of its officers that James Everett was acting commander of the regiment. He was captured at the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia on October 19, 1864 and sent to Fort Delaware, Delaware as a prisoner until released in June 1865. He and his family lived in Fort Valley until 1884, when they sold their house and moved to Effingham County. James Everett died on November 30, 1893. He is buried in the Foy (also known as Elam Baptist Church) Cemetery, two miles south of Egypt in Effingham County.
A letter from James Everett to Adjutant General Henry C. Wayne, written in 1861, is in the Georgia Department of Archives and History. Muster rolls, pay receipts, and other papers that he filled out and signed are filed with the records of the 12th Georgia Regiment in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Two tintype photographs of him and a painting of him made on a whole-plate tintype are in the Cadle Family Papers, Hargrett Rare Books & Manuscripts Library, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. James Everett is mentioned in Henry W. Thomas, History of the Doles-Cook Brigade, pages 232, 293, and in various published association minutes of the Baptist Church. His obituary and that of his wife are in the Christian Index. Information about James Everett is also in the Georgia Baptist Historical Society Depository at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. James Everett and his family lived on Church Street, next to the First Baptist Church, in Fort Valley. Two houses stand on this lot today. One was built in the 1850s and the other must date from about the same period. Probably one of them was their house.
Known children of James Everett and Harriet Foy Everett are:
Joel Everett, married Elizabeth Burke.
Adelaide F. Everett, August 4,1852-August 1, 1922, mentally retarded, never married, buried beside her mother in the Foy (Elam Baptist Church) Cemetery.
Overby Christian Everett, 1855-1924, married 1st Hattie J. Scott, married 2d Jenny Rosa Lee Beddingfield.
Mary R. Everett, 1858-1931, married William F. Barnett.
Eugene D. Everett, April 1, 1867-September 1, 1889, buried beside his mother in the Foy (Elam Baptist Church) Cemetery.
Charles E. Everett, married Helen M. Adams, lived in Henry County, Georgia.
Edward G. Everett.
There is a George Franklin Everett, February 2, 1850 June 4, 1854, buried in the Foy Cemetery. He was the son of James Everett and Harriet Frances Foy Everett.
*****A very special Thank you to Farris Cadle for providing this information.