Unit History – 17th Mississippi

11 05 2022

Was organized in Corinth, Mississippi, in June, 1861 and soon moved to Virginia. The men were drawn from the counties of Pike, Chickasaw, Marshall, Quitman, Alcorn, Tishomingo, Panola, Grenada, and Benton. It fought under D. R. Jones at First Manassas and in April, 1862 contained 692 effectives. During the remainder of the war it served under Generals H. Cobb, Griffith, Barksdale, and Humphreys. After fighting at Leesburg, the 17th was active in the difficult campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from Seven Pines to Cold Harbor, except when detached to Chickamauga and Knoxville. It was involved in Early’s Shenandoah Valley operations and later the Appomattox Campaign. The regiment took 600 men to Leesburg and lost 2 killed and 9 wounded. It reported 15 killed and 92 wounded during the Seven Days’ Battles, 9 killed and 77 wounded of the 270 at Sharpsburg, 13 wounded at Fredericksburg, and 10 killed and 70 wounded at Chancellorsville. Of the 469 engaged at Gettysburg, forty-three percent were disabled. Many were lost at Sayler’s Creek, and only 3 officers and 62 men surrendered. The field officers were Colonels Winfield S. Featherston, John C. Fizer, and William D. Holder; Lieutenant Colonel John McGuirk; and Majors William L. Duff, John M. Lyles, and Edward W. Upshaw.

From Joseph H. Crute, Jr., Units of the Confederate States Army, pp. 176-177

Unit History – 6th Louisiana Infantry

11 05 2022

Was organized in May, 1861 at Camp Moore, Louisiana. Its members were recruited in New Orleans and the parishes of Union, Sabine, Ouachita, St. Landry, and St. Bernard. Many of these men were of the newspaper trades and half were “Irishmen.” Ordered to Virginia, the regiment served under General Ewell at Fist Manassas, then was assigned to R. Taylor’s, Hays’, and York’s Brigade. After participating in Jackson’s Valley Campaign, it fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days’ Battles to Cold Harbor. It continued the fight with Early in the Shenandoah Valley and later shared in the Appomattox operations. The 6th reported 66 casualties at Cross Keys and Port Republic, 47 during the Maryland Campaign, 12 at Fredericksburg, and 81 at Chancellorsville. It lost 43 killed and wounded at Second Winchester, and twenty-eight percent of the 218 at Gettysburg. There were 89 captured at Rappahannock Station. Only 4 officers and 48 men surrendered. The field officers were Colonels William Monaghan, Isaac G. Seymour, and Henry B. Strong; Lieutenant Colonels Joseph HAnlon, Louis Lay, and Nat. Offutt; and Majors George W. Christy, Samuel L. James, William H. Manning, and Arthur McArthur, Jr.

From Joseph H. Crute, Jr., Units of the Confederate States Army, p. 144