Inscription and Notes:
Erected by his comrades, 4th Regt Ga Vols ANV. Birth date, picture from History of
Doles-Cook Brigade by Henry W. Thomas. Wounded at Malvern Hill, per RCSG.
Military Service: Confederate States of America
Brig. Gen. 4th Regt of GA Vols, A.N.V. General George Doles killed in battle at Cold Harbor, VA.
Brigadier General George Doles was wounded at Malvern Hill and killed at Cold Harbor, Virginia June 2, 1864. He had been elected Captain of the Baldwin Blues (Co. H, 4th Ga) April 26, 1861, and rose to the rank of colonel of the 4th regiment in April 1862. His performance at the Battle of Seven Pines and Antietam gained him the notice of General Lee and he was promoted to brigadier general. At the time, Doles was only 32 years old.
Doles first and last criticism occurred in May, 1864, at Bloody Angle. At least 300 of Doles' men were captured. One of his men said Doles was absolutely fearless, never flinched before danger, sickness, suffering or death.
On June 1, 1864 at Cold Harbor, a sharpshooter's bullet passed through his heart. He died the next day. The flag over the Blues Armory in Milledgeville flew at half-staff for a week, and impressive services were held at the Statehouse. A marker was placed in his memory by his soldiers. After his death, his wife Sarah and daughter Minnie were penniless. The citizens of Milledgeville bought a home for them. Unfortunately, soon after, they both died of consumption (tuberculosis).