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Confederate (CSV)


Francis Hamilton Little


(1839 - 1868)

Home State: Georgia

Education: University of Georgia, Class of 1861

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 11th Georgia Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

The 2nd of 17 children, in 1860 he was living with his parents and 12 siblings on their large and prosperous farm in the West Armuchee District, Walker County, GA. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1861 and briefly practiced law in LaFayette, GA, then enrolled in Atlanta on 3 July 1861 as 2nd Lieutenant of Company G, 11th Georgia Infantry. He was elected First Lieutenant on 1 November, was on recruiting duty in Georgia in February and March 1862, and was elected Major of the regiment on 12 July.

On the Campaign

He commanded his regiment in Maryland. On 16 September 1862 half of his men were in Martinsburg, VA under Captain J.W. Stokes, "having been detailed as a guard for General D. H. Hill's commissary train" there since the 11th, the other half, or wing, was with Major Little in Shepherdstown. That evening Major General Longstreet ordered him to bring his whole regiment to Sharpsburg. Stokes's wing was held up by the provost marshal in Martinsburg but Little led the remainder of the 11th Georgia to Sharpsburg by early on the 17th. They were posted on the Confederate right and assigned to General Toombs' command.

The rest of the War

He was appointed Colonel of the regiment on 8 November 1862 and was wounded at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863 and furloughed home for 40 days on 15 July. He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his right hip and buttock on 25 August 1864 at Ream's Station near Petersburg, VA and was in hospitals in Richmond, VA and on furlough to about 1 December. He was with his regiment to 16 February 1865 and again furloughed with no later military record.

After the War

He died relatively young at about age 28, possibly due to lingering effects of his war wounds.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, also as Francis M. Little. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

See more about his burial place from the LaFayette Messenger of 29 June 2022 and about his family's home from the Walker County Messenger of 9 December 2022.

General John B Hood was taken to Little's father's place after he was wounded and lost his leg at Chickamauga in September 1863 [historical marker].


1839; Walker County, GA


05/17/1868; Walker County, GA; burial in Young Cemetery, Walker County, GA


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 30408]