A Historical Marker was erected in 1980 by some of the descendants of these soldiers. The inscription reads: “This marker is a memorial to the Middle River Volunteers, March 4, 1862, who drilled on this road for service before entering Civil War.”  Directions to the Historical Marker: 34° 27.9672 N, 83° 27.8832 W. Marker is near Baldwin, Georgia, in Banks County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 105 and Carnes Circle, on the right when traveling east on State Route 105.

The Georgia 43rd Infantry Regiment organized at Big Shanty, Georgia, in April, 1862, and contained men recruited from Cherokee, Pickens, Cobb, Hall, Forsyth, Jefferson, and Jackson counties. They were mustered into Confederate Service at Camp McDonald near Big Shanty, GA from March 10, 1862 to April 10, 1862. The unit then moved to Tennessee, then Mississippi where it was placed under the command of General Barton.

The 43rd took an active part in the conflicts at Chickasaw Bayou and Champion’s Hill, and was captured when Vicksburg fell. After being exchanged, the 43rd was assigned to General Stovall’s Brigade, Army of Tennessee. It was
prominent in the numerous campaigns from Missionary Ridge to Nashville and ended the war in North Carolina. The 43rd suffered many losses during the War. In December 1863, the 43rd totaled 283 men and 251 arms but by November 1864, there were only 130 men fit for duty. On April 26, 1865, the unit surrendered.

Two Allred brothers from Hall County, Georgia, fought in Company D and survived the War. They both enlisted on March 4, 1862.

William Brantley Allred - 2nd Corporal.

He was appointed 4th Corporal in November 1863.  Middle River Volunteers Company “D” Georgia 43rd Infantry. 
He was paroled at the end of the War at Augusta, Georgia, on May 25, 1865. Lineage: William Brantley (Reverend), Miranda, Margaret, Elias, Thomas. Solomon born 1680 Lancashire, England

John Calvin Allred, Sr.- Private.

John was appointed 2nd Sergeant in 1862. He was captured at Atlanta, Georgia, on August 13, 1864, and released at Point Lookout Prisoner of War Camp on June 22, 1865. Lineage: John Calvin, Miranda, Margaret, Elias, Thomas, Solomon born 1680 Lancashire, England