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3rd Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters (CSA)
Ancestor Info
Name: Sidney Smith CrumleyRank: 2nd Corporal Company: B

Smith Crumley was selected for transfer to the 3rd Ga. Batt. SS on June 8. 1863, he was a 19 year old veteran of Co. K of the 24th Georgia. He survived the heavy fighting of the ANV from the wheatfield at Gettysburg, Fort Sanders at Knoxville, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, North Anna River, Cedar Creek, and Petersburg. After the death of his brother George, wounded at Cedar Creek, Smith Crumley was granted 60 day furlough of indulgence, and was home, in Nacoochee Valley Georgia when Lee surrendered the army. He was paroled at Athens, Georgia in May,1865. The following year he married Julia Westmoreland, they would have eight children.In 1871, Smith Crumley, and his family, including his mother and father, and two brothers and one sister, traveled by covered wagon to Colorado territory as part of what would become known as,'The Georgia Colony'. They would settle into land in and around Le Veta, Colorado. In 1877, Smith, Julia, and their children returned to Georgia and built a place along Spoil Cane Creek to live out their lives. Smith Crumley became minister of the Chattahoochee Methodist Church, the same church that would be featured in the 1952 film, 'I`d Climb The Highest Mountain.' According to his state pension forms, witnessed by C. C. Allen, M. L. Vandiver, and J. J. Westmorleand, Smith Crumley suffered in his old age from rhuematism, of which first afflicted him on picket duty near the North Carolina coast, early in the war, while a private in the 24th Georgia. Julia died in 1919. Smith Crumley died in 1932 and is buried in the Chattahoochee Methodist Churchyard in Robertstown, Georgia. He was the last full-time gatekeeper of the Unicoi Turnpike. His grave stone is inscribed, 'A friend to his country, and a believer in Christ'.

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Contact Name: Morris L Crumley
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