Private William M. Kicklighter
1842 - 1905
5th Regiment Georgia Cavalry
William M. Kicklighter joined the Confederate States Army in 1862 and was assigned to the 1st Georgia Cavalry Battalion which later became the 5th Cavalry Regiment.
The 5th Cavalry Regiment was formed in January, 1863, by consolidating the 1st and 2nd Georgia Cavalry Battalions which had served along the Georgia coast. 2nd Cavalry Battalion contained five companies organized during the late fall of 1861 and was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bird, Lieutenant Colonel M. Cumming, and Major Richard J. Devant, Jr. The men were from the counties of Effingham, Screven, Liberty, Bulloch, Lamar, and McIntosh. It was sent to Mississippi and placed in Wheeler's Cavalry Corps.
Serving under W.W. Allen and R.H. Anderson, the unit participated in the Atlanta Campaign, the defense of Savannah, and the campaign of the Carolinas. On April 26, 1865, it surrendered with the Army of Tennessee.
The field officers were Colonels Robert H. Anderson and Edward Bird, Lieutenant Colonel R.J. Davant, Jr., and Major William H. Wiltberger.
Private Kicklighter died November 8, 1905 and is buried in Beards Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Glennville, Georgia.