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R. O. Shearouse enlisted April 1, 1862 in Bryan County with Capt. J.L. McAllister. Pvt. Shearouse was in the Hardwick Mounted Rifles, Co. A until February 13, 1864 when the 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry was organized through consolidation, Co. A of the HMR was then Co. K of the 7th.

Pvt. Shearouse was listed as being present through October '64. During this perion, he entered General Hospital at Danville, Va. on July 8th diagnosed as having Bubo in the groin (inflamation of the lymphatic gland). He returned to duty July 29th.

On March 14, 1865 Pvt. R.O. Shearouse was paroled at Savannah. His description: occupation, farmer; complexion, light; hair, brown; eyes, grey; height, 5 feet 5 inches; age, 24.

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