28th Georgia / 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry

Civil War Reenactors



In Memoriam




Capt. Gerald "Jerry" Harding Gunn

1946-2016

Jerry Gunn, a long-time member of the 28th Georgia, passed away on February 19, 2016. Born on October 13, 1946, he was a career newsman, working in radio and television. He retired while a radio news reporter at WDUN in Gainesville, Georgia. He wrote two books, "A Rose for William Carter" and "The Ghosts of Kennesaw Mountain," and was featured on the Conan O'Brien show in 2013 along with the rest of the 28th Georgia. In 2016, he was bestowed the rank of Captain by the 28th Georgia for his service to the unit. He is survived by his long-time partner, Lois Helmers, his two daughters, and a grandson. His funeral was held on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bethlehem, Georgia. A separate service will be held later at the Resaca Battlefield.




Frank Thomas "Tommy" Varner

1954-2009

Tommy Varner, who reenacted with the 28th Georgia from 2000-2006, died on February 12, 2009. He was a member of the Pebblebrook Baptist Church and a 1972 graduate of Pebblebrook High School. Tommy was retired from the U.S. Navy as a Vietnam veteran and was a member of the Calhoun VFW. Tommy was very involved with the Armory Mess of the 11th Virginia, Long Street's Corps. Tommy was buried on February 17, 2009 in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.




LCPL Cody Warren
Battery M
3rd Battalion
14th Marine Regiment
U.S. Marines

Killed in Action

1987-2006

Lance Corporal Cody Warren, who reenacted with the 28th Georgia from 2002-2005, died on November 10, 2006 from injuries received in Iraq while serving with the U.S. Marines. He was nineteen. Cody joined the Marines in 2005 and was a member of Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment. His unit departed for Iraq in September, 2006. Cody was a 2005 graduate of Gordon County High School, where he was the drum major in the marching band his junior and senior year. Starting in 2002, he reenacted with the 28th Georgia at first as a fifer with our field music and then later joined the ranks as a rifleman when he was old enough to carry a musket. Cody was buried on November 19, 2006 in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia, with full military honors conducted by the United States Marine Corps.



Johnny Lamar "Wink" Bennet

1962-2002

Lamar "Wink" Bennett passed away on September 25, 2002, just three days short of his 40th birthday. Wink was a member of the 28th Georgia for many years and served in the ranks from private to sergeant to newsletter editor. He is pictured in the photo of the 28th Georgia hanging in the main lobby of the Visitors Center at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. He and his wife Yodie were a common fixture around the campfires at reenactments and living histories. Wink was very involved in research of his relatives, the Civil War, and the history of the 28th Georgia (in which unit he had ancestors who fought), and inspired in many a deep interest in the 28th Georgia and the Civil War. Wink left the 28th Georgia in good standing in 2000 to "retire" from reenacting. He later returned to the hobby and became an active member of the 39th Georgia. Wink was buried in uniform with full Confederate military honors at the Hardshell Cemetery in Gordon County, Georgia. The 39th Georgia served as the honor guard. He was survived by his wife, daughter and grandbaby.



Capt. William Paul "Billy" Carter

1948-1999

Captain Billy Carter passed away on March 16, 1999. Capt. Carter was an active member of the 28th Georgia/123rd New York Volunteer Infantry, rising from the rank of 1st Sergeant to Lieutenant to eventually Captain in 1990, of which he remained until the time of his death. Through his guidance and leadership the company grew to what it is today and became affectionately known throughout the organization as "Billy's Raiders." Capt. Carter's love of Civil War reenacting was only surpassed by his love for his family. He was a true historian who took great efforts to further the level of authenticity of the hobby and present a more accurate picture of the War Between the States - even to the point of wearing blue and representing the "enemy" in order to more accurately show the correct troop ratios at battle reenactments. Captain Billy Carter was buried in uniform with full Confederate military honors at the Gordon Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Calhoun, Georgia. The 28th Georgia served as the honor guard.

   





Georgia Regimental Flag
28th Georgia
Volunteer Infantry
1861-1865


New York Regimental Flag
123rd New York
Volunteer Infantry
1862-1865


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Georgia Division
Reenactors Assoc.

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