2nd Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters
Decatur County
"Hardee Rifles"

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Contained six companies and was formed in the summer of 1862. The men were from various sections of the state and some had seen prior service. It was assigned to General J. K. Jackson's Brigade and fought with distinction at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge. Later the unit was brigaded under General Gist and took an active part in the battles around Atlanta, Hood's Tennessee operations, and the North Carolina Campaign. In December, 1862, it contained 152 effectives, at Chickamauga 101 were present, and during December, 1863, the battalion totaled 80 men and 65 arms. Very few surrendered with the Army of Tennessee. Majors J. J. Cox and Richard H. Whiteley were in command.

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