The 47th Infantry regiment was organized at Camp Dennison, Aug. 27, 1861, to serve for three years. The following day it left by rail for Benwood in western Virginia. Going from there to Sutton, Co. B was left as a reinforcement to the garrison, while the remainder moved forward and took part in the battle of Carnifix Ferry. The regiment went into winter quarters on the Tompkins farm, Gauley Mountain. In the spring of 1862 a portion of the regiment was sent on an expedition to Lewisburg, which proved a complete success, the enemy being completely routed and scattered and his camp equipage, horses and many prisoners falling into the hands of the Federals.
After spending the remainder of the year in Virginia engaged in various duties, the regiment joined the expedition against Vicksburg, reaching Walnut Hills on May 18, 1863, capturing many prisoners on the march. On the next day the regiment led an impetuous assault on Cemetery Hill, gaining a footing close under the works, which position was held until nightfall, when it was abandoned, the loss being very severe. It led another charge on the 22nd with the same result, and from that time until the surrender was in the front line, occupying Cemetery Hill fort. Being transferred to eastern Tennessee in Jan. 1864, the required three-fourths of the regiment re-enlisted and after their furlough home resumed their place in the army. The enemy was met at Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain and at Hood's dash to the rear of Sherman's forces, the 47th participated up to and beyond Rome, Ga., almost constantly skirmishing. It then participated in the march to the sea, up through the Carolinas, and was mustered out on August 11, 1865. When the 47th entered the field it numbered 830 men, at the termination of the Atlanta campaign it numbered only 120, but was subsequently reinforced by 400 drafted men and substitutes (Ref. American Civil War Database).
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