The War Between The States


"Palmer's Battery"
"Havis's Battery"

"Havis's Battery"
Stan Strickland

Company "A"
14th Battalion

Georgia Light Artillery

Army of Tennessee

Battle Flag
Southern Rights Battery
Early Battle Flag
State of Georgia

Battle Flag
Army of Tennessee


Major Battles

Perryville, Kentucky
October 8, 1862
Morgan's Christmas Raid
December 27, 1862
Siege of Chattanooga
Missionary Ridge
Battles of the Atlanta Campaign:
Rocky Face
New Hope Church
Kennesaw Mountain


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Southern Rights / Havis's Battery
O rganized as the Southern Rights Battery in Perry, Houston Co., Georgia in March of 1862, this battery would later become known as "Palmer's Battery" and then as "Havis's Battery". Most of the officers and sergeants were recently discharged veterans of company C, 1st Ga. Infantry (Ramsey's) who had seen service in Virginia. The battery was mustered in to Confederate service, 14th Battalion, Georgia Light Artillery, by Captain Joseph T. Montgomery at Perry, Georgia on April 26, 1862.

The unit went to camps of instruction at Griffin and at Calhoun. As the best drilled battery in the battalion, Southern Rights Battery was selected to join Bragg's army in the invasion of Kentucky (Battle for the Bluegrass), receiving their baptism of fire at Perryville, October 8, 1862, attached to Brown's Brigade, Anderson's Division of Hardee's Corps.

Mounted as horse artillery and now known as Palmer's Georgia Battery, they accompanied John Hunt Morgan and his famous Morgan's Raiders on his Christmas Raid, distinguishing themselves at Elizabethtown, December 27, 1862.

Relinquishing their cannoneer's mounts and losing the gallant Palmer through promotion and reassignment to Cheatham's Corps, Havis's Battery reunited with their old mates from the 14th, Anderson's Battery, and, along with Lumsden's Alabama Battery became the Artillery Reserve of the Army of Tennessee, under Major (later Brigadier-General) Felix H. Robertson. As one wag put it, " we are called Reserve Artillery because we are never in reserve."

The Reserve Artillery saw action in the Tullahoma Campaign, Chickamauaga, the Siege of Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, and all the battles of the Atlanta campaign. In the spring of 1864 Major Palmer returned to take command of the Reserve Artillery, and after the fall of Atlanta most of Hood's artillery was sent to Macon where were located the Confederate Macon Armory and an Arsenal. The rest of the Army of Tennessee marched off to their ill-fated meeting with Thomas at Franklin and Nashville.

In the spring of 1865 Havis's Battery marched to North Carolina to rejoin the shattered remnants of the army, surrendering with Joe Johnston at Greensboro, N.C. April 26, 1865, three years to the day after mustering in on the steps of the Houston County courthouse.


Roster of the Southern Rights Battery
William Ralston Talley's Autobiography
Excerpts of his experiences as a Pvt. in the Southern Rights Battery
Morgan's Christmas Raid
Untold History of Missionary Ridge
Wm. R. Talley
Reveille at Moccasin Bend
Frank Downs, Pvt. Southern Rights Battery
Battle Flag of the Southern Rights Battery
Sgt. Clinton C. Duncan
Captain Minor Winn Havis
Major Joseph Palmer
The King Brothers
William Ralston Talley



History of the 14th Battalion
Georgia Light Artillery

The Reenactors
Southern Rights / Havis's Battery

The Modern 14th Battalion



Flag of Hardee's Corps




These pages containing the history of the Southern Rights Battery are dedicated to memory of my ancestors: William, Archibald, Weeks and Benjamin Parker.

The Parker brothers, Weeks age 38, William age 37 and Archibald at age 30, answered the call of Governor Brown for volunteers, enlisting in the Confederate States Army at Perry, Georgia in Houston County on March 4, 1862. Benjamin Parker at age 14, enlisted in May 1862 as a substitute for his father, Weeks, who had become ill and received a medical discharge. Ben, my great-great-grandfather, was wounded at Marietta as the battery joined in the effort to stop Sherman's advance on Atlanta. Though William Parker was discharged from active duty sometime before 1865, Arch and Ben served for the duration of the war and surrendered on the 26th of April in Greensboro, North Carolina.


The Virtual CSA Purple Heart Awarded to:

Benjamin F. Parker

The Virtual CSA Purple Heart Website

Received April 1999
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This page is made possible by the contributions of the members of the Southern Rights / Havis's Battery Reenactors Unit (disbanded 2000) and Capt. Leon Lovett, a descendant of Weeks & Benjamin Parker. Special appreciation is due Lt. Doug Burger for his significant research into the history of the battery and for providing many online resources and links.

Stan Joel Strickland's work reflects a reverence for his Southern heritage. The print of Mr. Strickland's painting, Havis's Battery is used above with the gracious consent of the painter. Models for the painting are members of the reenactors' group that have reorganized the battery which participates in "living history" events as both the Southern Rights & Havis's Battery. Two of the models are Leon Lovett & his son Ralph who are descendants of members of the original battery. Mr. Strickland's work is well-known; one of the most popular series of his limited edition prints has been "Speaking Highly of the South". Mr. Strickland resides in Milledgeville, GA and his works are available on-line at the


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