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 Posted: Fri Mar 19th, 2010 02:04 pm
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5fish wrote: Here is something..

Capt. Nelson's Independent Company Georgia Cavalry
Nelson Rangers Capt. Thomas M. Nelson
Capt. G. G. Ragland

This company was organized 14 May 1862 and served until the end of the war. Later in the war it was known as Capt. Ragland's Company and as such was escort for General Stephen Dill Lee.

A summary of what I found on Nelson's Rangers:

They were muster up in Dougherty county, GA. and surrounding areas by Dr. Thomas Nelson.

They were assigned to General Kirby Smith and did his courier and escort work. They did see action at Lexington, Perryville and few others.

Capt. Thomas Nelson becomes Col. Thomas Nelson and moves to a Mississippi regiment. Capt. Ragland takes over and we find later they are doing courier and ecort work for General Stephan D. Lee.

Under Nelson Rangers the unit had like 256 men but under Ragland Rangers had like 68 men.

There was a Nelson Tift similar in age to Samuel Spencer, who joined Nelson's Rangers at its creation and stayed with the unit until it was muster out. A Nelson Tift founded Albany in 1836 so it was either his son or grandson.

I thought it odd that there was a person that lived the life that Sam Spencer promoted during his life. I bet they knew each other or Sam spencer knew of the man's story.

A thought..

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