A J Seay

 

Biography of

Andrew Jackson Seay

 

Father James M. Seay
Mother Mellie Gemima Evans
Born 4 Jul 1846 Hall County, GA
Died 15 Apr 1915 Banks County, GA
Married Sarah L. Edge 6 Sep 1863 Lumpkin County, GA
 

Andrew Jackson Seay was born in Hall County, GA in 1846. At the age of 18, he was 5'11" tall with fair complexion, light hair and blue eyes when he enlisted as a private in E Company (Capt James Kelly's Company, Lumpkin Guards)30th Battallion GA Cavalry which later became the 11th Regiment GA Volunteer Cavalry under the command of Colonel Andrew Young. Most of the 11th GA Cavalry were captured in Macon, Ga. Andrew and a few other members of his unit escaped and joined forces with other Confederate Soldiers in north Georgia. General Wofford was put in charge of these men and tried to surrender at Reseca but the Union Army was incapable of handling this large group. General Wofford then moved the men to Kingston, GA (about 11 miles northwest of Cartersville, GA) where the men were surrendered to the Union Army on 12 May 1865. These men were then released and he was discharged in May 1865 in Kingston, GA. Andrew then returned home to his family. 

 

Children Born
Martha Seay 1864 Lumpkin County, GA
Gemima L. "Mamie" Seay Aug 1866 Lumpkin County, GA
William M. Seay 2 Mar 1867 Lumpkin County, GA
Charles Seay Jan 1870 Lumpkin County, GA
Andrew Jackson Seay, Jr 1 Jan 1871 Lumpkin County, GA
Joseph E.(P.) Seay 1872 Lumpkin County, GA
George Washington Seay 22 Jan 1875 Lumpkin County, GA
James Cicero Seay 8 Jan 1876 Lumpkin County, GA
Alice E. Seay 1878 Lumpkin County, GA
Lafayette Seay 22 Dec 1881 Lumpkin County, GA
Nancy Rebecca Seay 1882 Banks County, GA
Frank Seay 7 Sep 1885 Banks County, GA
Lewis Seay 5 Feb 1887 Banks County, GA

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The 11th Georgia Cavalry Regiment was created by Special Order No. 271, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office dated November 14, 1864. It was created from the 30th Georgia Cavalry Battalion and four additional companies raised under authority of the War Department in the Northeast Georgia counties where the Conscript Act could not be enforced. Dr. Andrew Young of Union County Georgia was commissioned Colonel, Hugh W. Barclay, also of Union County, Lt. Col., and Madison Bell of Banks County, Georgia, Major. The Regiment served throughout the war in various areas of Georgia and South Carolina. In October 1864 it was assigned to Hannon's Brigade, Iverson's Division, Wheeler's Cavalry Corps. The Regiment saw action at Waynesboro, Georgia on December 4, 1864 where it suffered its greatest casualties. In the last days of the war, under General P. M. B. Young, remnants of the 11th were a part of the Confederate force that resisted Potter's Raid in central South Carolina. They fought at Beech Creek, which was the last official hostile action in South Carolina, and likely suffered the final casualty near Stateburg on April 19th. The 11th Cavalry also sent numerous details into the mountains of Northeast Georgia in an attempt to quell the depredations of the Union sympathizers and Federal raiders who were continuosly operating there. This resulted in brutal partisan warfare at times. The men of the 11th, also known as "Young's Regiment" and "Young's Battalion," were primarily teenagers at the time of their service and some of the most interesting personalities of the War Between the States.

The unit was assigned to the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and served in M.W. Hannon's and R.H. Anderson's Brigade. It fought at Savannah, but many of the men were captured. In February, 1865, only 90 effectives were present and in April most of these were captured at Macon.






From the age of about forty and over, Andrew suffered from severe Rhumatoid Arthritis affecting his entire body with partial paralysis in lower extremities which prevented him from having a normal active and productive life. His son, Joseph P. Seay worked to support the family after Andrew was unable to.






Andrew was buried in the Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetary in Banks County, GA beside his wife of 48 years Sarah L. Edge.





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