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Confederate (CSA)

Lieutenant Colonel

Charles Thornton Zachry

(1828 - 1906)

Home State: Georgia

Command Billet: Regimental Lt Colonel

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He led Company H, the "Zachry Rangers", of the 27th Georgia Infantry, and was elected Major of the Regiment 9 September 1861. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 24 December 1861.

On the Campaign

He assumed command of the Regiment after Colonel Smith was killed on 17 September, and was himself wounded in action at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was commissioned full Colonel after the battle (effective 17 September 1862), and led the Regiment for most of the remainder of the War. He was appointed Brigadier General in February 1865 (not confirmed?), and surrendered at Greensboro, NC on 26 April 1865 .

After the War

He was a 'prominent and leading planter' and served in the Georgia State Legislature.

References & notes

Sources: Muster Roll, Company H, 27th Georgia - transcribed and posted to RootsWeb by Carolyn L. Harper Johnson; Genealogical details from the Zachry Family genealogy site of Karl Zachry;
a listing of the burials at the McDonough Memorial Cemetery - posted on RootsWeb; and
biographical details by email to the webmaster from great grandson Posey Howell (July 2004).

More on the Web

See a post-war photograph of Colonel Zachry and two brothers - from GGSon Posey B. Howell, posted by Thomas R. Fasulo on his Olustee battle site.

See another picture of him at his farm "Peachstone Shoals" near McDonough, Henry County, Georgia, also taken some years after the War.


11/4/1828; Newton, GA


2/19/1906; Henry County, GA; burial in McDonough Memorial Cemetery, Henry County, GA