Friday, April 11, 2008

Colonel Charles T. Zachry

Click here to enlarge picture of our officers who were putting out Confederate flags on CSA graves at McDonough Memorial Cemetery 2009. Photo Courtesy of Henry County Times Editor Larry Stamford.

This picture was taken at the gravesite of Col. Charles T. Zachry, whom our SCV camp is named after.
Col. Charles T. Zachry's Original Obituary (click above to enlarge article)
Very rare picture of Col. Charles T. Zachry in a suit and tie.
Col. Charles T. Zachry,27th Georgia Infantry Regiment
This is a veteran's photograph of Col. Charles T. Zachry and two of his brothers, one of whom also served in the 27th Georgia.
Photograph printed with permission from Posey B. Howell, the great-grandson of Col. Zachry. Mr. Howell can be reached at

Twenty-Seventh Georgia Infantry Regiment
Colonel Charles T. Zachry, standing on the right, in front of his old homestead located at Peachstone Shoals, located on Highway 20 at Big Cotton Indian Creek. Zachry's old homestead no longer stands.
Elizabeth Russel Zachry - 2nd Wife of CT Zachry

Col. Charles T. Zachry's Daughters

LEFT TO RIGHT:Mary Virginia (Zachry) Howell, Elizabeth Thornton (Zachry) Jordan,

Anna Glance (Zachry-Thompson) Farrar, Lucy Clifford (Zachry) Mason.

Picture Before 1917.
Confederate (CSA)
Lieutenant Colonel
Charles Thornton Zachry
(1828 - 1906)
Home State: Georgia
Command Billet: Regimental Lt Colonel
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 27th Georgia Infantry

Before the Antietam Campaign:
He led Company H, the "Zachry Rangers", of the 27th Georgia Infantry, and was elected Major of the Regiment 9 September 1861. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 24 December 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He assumed command of the Regiment after Colonel Smith was killed on 17 September, and was himself wounded in action at Sharpsburg.

The remainder of the War:
He was commissioned full Colonel after the battle (effective 17 September 1862), and led the Regiment for most of the remainder of the War. He was appointed Brigadier General in February 1865 (not confirmed?), and surrendered at Greensboro, NC on 26 April 1865 .

After the War:
He was a 'prominent and leading planter' and served in the Georgia State Legislature.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Sources: Muster Roll, Company H, 27th Georgia - transcribed and posted to RootsWeb by Carolyn L. Harper Johnson; Genealogical details from the Zachry Family genealogy site of Karl Zachry;
a listing of the burials at the McDonough Memorial Cemetery - posted on RootsWeb; and
biographical details by email to the webmaster from great grandson Posey Howell (July 2004).

More on the Web:
See a post-war photograph of Colonel Zachry and two brothers - from GGSon Posey B. Howell, posted by Thomas R. Fasulo on his Olustee battle site.

See another picture of him at his farm "Peachstone Shoals" near McDonough, Henry County, Georgia, also taken some years after the War.

Birth Date: 11/4/1828 Place of Birth: Newton, GA
Death Date: 2/19/1906 Death Place: Henry County, GA Burial Place: McDonough Memorial Cemetery, Henry County, GA