Richard Alexander Wayne(1835 - 1884)
Home State: Georgia
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Georgia (Regulars) Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was the son of a Railroad Agent, from Chatham County, Georgia. In the 1860 Federal Census he was a Customs House officer in Savannah. He had also served in the pre-War militia. On 1 February 1861 he was appointed Captain, Company E, 1st Georgia Regulars.
The remainder of the War:
He was appointed Major 3 October 1862. He was promoted Lt Colonel 3 August 1864, then Colonel 3 September 1864, after Colonel Magill's resignation. He remained in command until its surrender 26 April 1865. During the late fall of 1864 he (and/or the regiment) may have served in command of the POW camp at Savannah, GA.
After the War:
He worked in the offices of the Georgia Central Railroad.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Information from the Federal Censuses of 1850 and 1860, the 1st Georgia Regulars history from Sifakis1, with personal details from Allardice2.
|Birth Date: 07/23/1835 Place of Birth: Savannah, GA |
Death Date: 10/18/1884 Death Place: Savannah, GA Burial Place: Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, GA
1 Sifakis, Stewart, Compendium of the Confederate Armies, The, State vols., New York: Facts on File, 1995 [AotW citation 2732]
2 Allardice, Bruce S., Confederate Colonels, Columbia (Mo): University of Missouri Press, 2008, pg. 389 [AotW citation 2733]
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