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2nd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

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2nd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry completed its organization at Corinth, Mississippi, in April, 1861, with men from Tishomingo, Tippah, Itawamba, and Pontotoc counties. Ordered to Harper's Ferry, Virginia, it was there mustered into Confederate service with 784 officers and men. During the war it was assigned to General Whiting's, Law's, and J.R. Davis' Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. After fighting at First Manassas, the regiment served with the army from Seven Pines to Cold Harbor, except when it was detached to Suffolk with Longstreet. It saw action in the Petersburg siege south of the James River and in numerous conflicts around Appomattox. The 2nd reported 25 killed and 82 wounded at First Manassas and totalled 477 men in April, 1862. It sustained 111 casualties during the Seven Days' Battles, 97 at Second Manassas, and 154 in the Maryland Campaign. Of the 492 engaged at Gettysburg, more than forty-five percent were disabled. Only 1 officer and 19 men surrendered. The field officers were Colonels William C. Falkner and John M. Stone; Lieutenant Colonels John A. Blair, Bartley B. Boone, and D.W. Humphreys; and Major John H. Buchanan.[1]

The regiment was first assigned to the Second Regiment, Mott's Brigade, State Army. After assembling at Corinth early in May, and completing the election of regimental officers on the 3 of May. On May 9, arrived in Lynchburg VA and next day the regiment was mustered into the Confederacy service for one year with 784 officers and men. Not many of the gallant regiment ever reached Appomattox Courthouse. Colonel John M. Stone, with some of the brigade returning from furlough, made his last fight and were captured at Salisbury, N. C., and imprisoned several months. General Davis surrendered the brigade of 21 officers and 54 enlisted men.[2]

Officers

Colonels - William C. Falkner, May 1, 1861 to April 23, 1862 & John M. Stone April 23, 1862 - Appomattox surrender
Lieutenant-Colonels -- Bentley B. Boone to reorganization; David W. Humphries, killed at Gettysburg; John A. Blair, wounded at Weldon Railroad.
Majors -- David W. Humphries to reorganization; John A. Blair, promoted; John H. Buchanan
Adjutants -- Lawson B. Hovis, to reorganization; Owen.
Sergeant-Majors -- John A. Blair, wounded at first Manassas, promoted; Walter Rutledge.
Surgeon -- H. H. Hubbard.
Assistant Surgeon -- Joseph Holt.
Commissary -- Thomas P. Young.
Quartermaster -- M. Surratt.
Sergeant -- J. J. Guyton.
Chaplains -- W. A. Gray, T. D. Witherspoon, Wilson Frierson, died in hospital, 1864.

Companies

Company A -- Tishomingo Riflemen (Tishomingo County)
Company B -- O’Connor Rifles (Tippah County)
Company C -- Town Creek Riflemen ( Itawamba County)
Company D -- Beck Rifles, aka Joe Matthews Rifles ( Tippah County)
Company E -- Calhoun Rifles (Itawamba County)
Company F -- Magnolia Rifles (Tippah County)
Company G -- Pontotoc Minute Men (Pontotoc County)
Company H -- Conewah Rifles (Pontotoc County)
Company I -- Cherry Creek Rifles (Pontotoc County)
Company K -- Iuka Rifles (Tishomingo County)
Company L -- Liberty Guards (Tippah County)

Battles & Engagements

1st Manassas \ Bull Run - 25 Killed, 82 wounded; missing, 1
Cold Harbor \ Gaines Farm - 21 killed 79 wounded
Malvern Hill - 1 killed and 10 wounded
Manassas Plains - 9 killed and 69 wounded
Antietam - 27 killed and 127 wounded
Gettysburg - 40 killed and 183 wounded; captured 7 officers and 225 men
Bristoe Station, October 14, 1863 - 2 killed, 8 wounded
Wilderness, Spottsylvania and Cold Harbor - 24 killed, 107 wounded
Richmond-Petersburg Line - Ream's Station - 5 killed, 31 wounded
Jones' Farm - 3 killed, 25 wounded, 2 missing
Hatcher’s Run - 2 killed

Sources

  1. National Park Service Soldiers and Sailors Database.
  2. Dunbar Rowland’s "Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898"


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