★★★ -Olmstead, Charles Hart

Charles Hart Olmstead:
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Born: April 2, 1837
Colonel Olmstead.jpg

Birthplace: Savannah Georgia
Father: Jonathan Olmstead 1793 – 1854
(Buried: North Laurel Grove Cemetery Savannah Georgia)
Mother: Eliza Hart 1803 – 1881
(Buried: North Laurel Grove Cemetery Savannah Georgia)
Wife: Florence Lucinda Williams 1837 – 1909
(Buried: North Laurel Grove Cemetery Savannah Georgia)
Children:
Sarah Morris Olmstead Adams 1862 – 1950
(Buried: North Laurel Grove Cemetery Savannah Georgia)
Charles Williams Olmstead 1864 – 1865
(Buried: North Laurel Grove Cemetery Savannah Georgia)
Florence Neely Olmstead 1867 – 1868
(Buried: North Laurel Grove Cemetery Savannah Georgia)
Susan Jones Olmstead 1869 – 1960
(Buried: North Laurel Grove Cemetery Savannah Georgia)
John Hopkins Olmstead 1872 – 1880
(Buried: North Laurel Grove Cemetery Savannah Georgia)
Florence Williams Olmstead 1875 – 1955
(Buried: North Laurel Grove Cemetery Savannah Georgia)

Education:
Graduated from Georgia Military Institute

Occupation before War:
Cashier in Mercantile House in Savannah Georgia

Civil War Career:
1861: Adjutant of 1st​ Georgia Infantry Regiment
1861: Major of 1st​ Georgia Infantry Regiment
1861 – 1865: Colonel of 1st​ Georgia Infantry Regiment
1862: Commander of Fort Pulaski in Savannah Georgia
1862: Captured and Exchanged on September 20, 1862 at Fort Pulaski
1864: Commander of Mercer's Georgia Infantry Brigade
1864: Wounded during the Battle of Atlanta Georgia
1865: Paroled by Union Army on May 1, 1865 in Greensboro N.C.

Occupation after War:
Merchant in Savannah Georgia
Banker in Savannah Georgia


Died:
August 17, 1926
Place of Death: Savannah Georgia
Age at time of Death: 89 years old
Burial Place: North Laurel Grove Cemetery Savannah Georgia
 

DaveBrt

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Georgia Telegraph (Macon, Ga.) Sept. 26, 1862

Fort Pulaski Prisoners Coming
Mobile, Ala., Sept. 21 -- Col. Charles Olmstead, Capt F. W. Sims, Lt. Henry Freeman and 22 others of the Fort Pulaski prisoners arrived here today via Vicksburg and leave for home this evening.
 

Luke Freet

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Olmstead certainly had the accumen for command, even at such a young age. However, it seems that he wasn't up to snuff for important field commands. When his brigade (Mercer had been in command before stepping down) joined Cleburne's division, the brigade he commanded was seen as being of poorer quality to the rest of the veteran division; Cleburne himself wrote negatively of Olmstead's ability to command.
"Cleburne was also disappointed by his newest brigade commander, warning Hardee that if he expected Mercer's Brigade 'to do any good, a brigade commander is immediately necessary. Its present commander [Olmstead] is not efficient'." (Symonds, Craig L. Stonewall of the West, 231)
 

Polloco

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He relinquished command of "his" regiment to General J. A.Smith after the fall of Atlanta and after he led it into Tennessee. Smith took over command of Cleburne's division at Franklin and Olmstead again took over his old brigade but missed the battle of Franklin because it was detached guarding a supply train.Plus the brigade missed Nashville. Confused?
 

Luke Freet

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He relinquished command of "his" regiment to General J. A.Smith after the fall of Atlanta and after he led it into Tennessee. Smith took over command of Cleburne's division at Franklin and Olmstead again took over his old brigade but missed the battle of Franklin because it was detached guarding a supply train.Plus the brigade missed Nashville. Confused?
Yeah, I get the feeling the brigade was specifically sidelined from the rest of the division due to the lack of comraderie and whatnot. From what I've gathered, most soldiers of the 3 other brigades wrote quite derisively of the new unit.
James Argyle Smith had just returned to command after his second wounding as a brigade commander. Due to his seniority, he was chosen to command the remnants of Cleburne's division after the Irishman's death.
 

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