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Citation.Clinch Rifles Roster Book, 1851 - 1861, 80-10.Reese Library Manuscript Collections, Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia.
The Clinch Rifles were organized as a militia company on March 22, 1851, from the Clinch Engine Company No. 2.The company was named for General Duncan L. Clinch the commander at the Battles of Withlacoochee [December 31, 1835] and The Cove [March 31, 1836] of The Seminole Wars.The company adopted the motto “Charge Again” after General Clinch’s order at the Battle of Withlacoochee [near the present town of Dunnellon, Florida] to attack the enemy again. This second attack routed the enemy and won the battle.
The Clinch Rifles served during the American Civil War as Company A, 5th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry. As former confederates, the creators of these papers refer to the conflict as “The War of Northern Aggression.”
The Clinch Rifles Minute Book was a gift from Mr. I. Clarence Levy and Mr. Addison Weisinger, Jr. on September 7, 1948.
List of Records.
Clinch Rifles Minute Book.Cloth covered volume, 7 ½ X 12 inches X 1 inch. The 282 pages are hand written with letters and newspaper clippings glued to some pages.The condition of the book cover is poor, but the pages are in good condition.Minute book contains proceedings of meetings and musters of the company. Included are elections of members, election of officers, uniform matters, and the constitution of the Clinch Rifles (pages 59 - 79, revised April 1852).
Although a quasi military organization, it was a social association and each member paid a subscription fee.
1.Page, 7 ½ X 8, from Minute Book, Oct. 15th, 1854.Torn.
2.Letter from D. Co., 74 Regiment New York State Militia (Buffalo). 7 ½ X 10.Invitation to celebrate D Company’s 20th anniversary.
3.Sergt. Mc Law Roll Book of Clinch Rifles.Feb. 22, 1859. 3 X 5 inches. 1/8 inch thick. Leather covered containing 11 pages.A listing of officers and men in the company.
4.Newspaper clipping (ca. 1861) presentation of a Confederate Flag to the Clinch Rifles.
5.No year. June 15th. 5 X 8 inches. Concerning equipment to be brought to Milledgeville, Georgia.
6.Draft of letter to editor of a newspaper.Letterhead indicates Jno. Neely, dated May 9th 1898. 6 x 9 ½ inches, two pages.Lists names of members of Clinch Rifles killed in action at Pensacola, 1861.