The Chickamauga Study group has walked the ground lot of times, and checked out many of the stories surrounding that fateful engagement.
However, there are constantly more stories. After all, approximately 130,000 men were engaged at Chickamauga.
First Georgia Cavalry Monument
This story is about 2 of those individuals– Benjamin F. Hunt and William R. Hunt, both members of Business F, the First Georgia Cavalry. They were father and kid; Benjamin was 43 at the time of the fight, his firstborn boy William, a stripling at 17.
The Hunts lived in the little community of East Armuchee Valley, Walker County, in Georgia. According to the 1860 Census, they were farmers; Benjamin, his partner Susan, five young boys and two children. In the 1860s, Armuchee was quite remote, situated in the far southeast corner of Walker County. Today it is still rather rural and among the most beautiful areas in northwest Georgia– similar to another very picturesque locale: McLemore’s Cove.
Benjamin F. Hunt enlisted in the 8th Georgia Infantry Battalion as a personal, but he was chosen to major in Might 6, 1862. He then served in that capability until he resigned on March 30, 1863. Hunt used no specific factor for his resignation, noting only that “Circumstances rendered it needed.” Most likely this indicated problems at home, though he was absent ill for a time in August 1862.
Perhaps it was because of his oldest boy, William, was likewise missing from home. William signed up with the cavalry in March 1862, in spite of being only two months past his 16th birthday. This left Susan alone at home with six children, numerous of whom were still infants or young children.
Benjamin presumably spent that summer at home in Walker County; where he would have been conscious of the looming Union intrusion of North Georgia. A male named B. F. Hunt sold a lot of oats and 120 pounds of bacon to the Confederate Army that summer, receipted at Dalton and Catoosa, respectively.
Exactly what is known that he re-enlisted for “three years or the war” on August 4, 1863; signing up with the 1st Georgia Cavalry, then stationed at Sweetwater Tennessee– about midway in between Chattanooga and Knoxville. He registered in Business F, together with his kid, as a personal.
Benjamin might have simply as quickly signed up with among the home-guard cavalry business that was being called into service that August, addressing the Governor’s mobilization order; numerous such were organized in Walker County.
On September 19, the First Georgia was serving in Davidson’s (till just recently, John Pegram’s) Brigade of Forrest’s Cavalry Corps. Davidson’s command included the 10th Confederate, First and 6th Georgia, Sixth North Carolina, and Rucker’s Tennessee Legion; all cavalry. Many of the 1st Georgia was dispatched not to face Croxton, however up the Reed’s Bridge Road to deploy as skirmishers against Ferdinand Van Derveer’s Federal brigade. The First Georgia numbered about 295 men that day; they suffered ten recognized casualties. Three men were eliminated, seven wounded. Benjamin Hunt was among the wounded, which proved mortal. He passed away that night.
On September 20th, 17-year old William brought his father’s body home, a 42-mile journey from Jay’s Mill to Armuchee. Susan’s subsequent pension application mentioned that Benjamin’s body was “pierced through and bloody.” He was buried in the family cemetery in Villanow, Georgia.
William made it through the war but by the only couple of years. He died in 1870, aged 24; of consumption.
Susan lived until 1899, survived by only 3 of her seven kids.