27th Infantry Regiment
"Taylor Guards"

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27th Intantry Regiment, formed at Camp Stevens, Georgia, during the summer of 1861, contained men from Pike, Bibb, Jackson, Taylor, Talbot, Appling, Quitman, and Clay counties. Ordered to Virginia the regiment totaled 428 men in April, 1862, and was assigned to General Featherston's and Colquitt's Brigade. It was prominent on many battlefields from Williamsburg to Chancellorsville, then moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and later to Florida. After the fight at Olustee the 27th returned to Virginia.  Here it saw action at Drewry's Bluff and Cold Harbor and in the long Petersburg siege north of the James River. At Seven Pines it lost almost forty percent of the 392 engaged, had 9 killed and 76 wounded at Gaines' Mill, and 15 killed and 89 wounded during the Maryland Campaign. It sustained 31 casualties at Chancellorsville and 74 at Olustee. In 1865 the unit participated in the Battle of Bentonville and surrendered with the Army of Tennessee. Its commanders were Colonels Levi B. Smith and Charles T. Zachry; Lieutenant Colonels Septimus L. Brewer, Hezekiah Bussey, Jasper N. Dorsey, James Gardner, William H. Rentfro, and John W. Stuffs; and Majors Charles J. Dennis and Henry B. Holiday.

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