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Brief History

The 60th Infantry Regiment [also called 3rd Regiment, Wise Legion] was organized in August, 1861.
During mid-April, 1865, it disbanded. The field officers were Colonels Beuhring H. Jones and William H. Starke; Lieutenant Colonels James L. Corley, William A. Gilliam, George W. Hammond, J.W. Spaulding, John C. Summers, and W.A. Swank; and Majors William S. Rowan, James W. Sweeney, and Jacob N. Taylor [1]


Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.


  Company A ( Beirne Sharpshooters) (Monroe Sharpshooters) - many men from

  Company B ( The Greenbrier Mountain Rifles) - many men from Greenbrier County

  Company C ( The Dixie Rifles) - many men from Fayette County

  Company D ( the Allegheny Rifles) - many men from Alleghany County. See FHL book 975.581 H2mfor muster roll of this Company on pp. 163-167.

Company E ( The Bruce Rifles) -  many men from Greenbrier County

  Company F ( The James River Rifles) - members of the unit came from varied counties, ranging from Fauquier County in northern Virginia to Braxton County

  Company G ( The Roane Rangers) - many men from Roane County

 Company 1H ( Richmond Light Guard) - many men from Richmond County

  Company 2H (Richmond Light Guard) - many men from Mercer County

  Company  I  (Captain White's Company) - many men from Mercer County

  Company  K (The Osceola Guards) - many men from Botetourt County

The information above is from J. L. Scott's book, 60th Virginia Infantry. 650284|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 M2vr v. 130

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in Virginia in the Civil War and United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865.
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Virginia in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Virginia, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia. New York, NY: Facts on File, 1992- 1995. (Family History Library book 975 M2ss, Ten Volumes.) This gives organization information for each unit and its field officers, assignments, and battles. It also lists sources further reading. Volume 5 is for Virginia.
  • Wallace, Lee A. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations, 1861-1865. Lynchburg, Virginia: H. E. Howard, 1986. (Family History Library book 975.5 M2vr, Volume 29.) This gives brief historical sketches of each regiment and lists officers, company names, and commanders.
  • A Centennial History of Alleghany County, Virginia. Morton, Oren F., J. K. Ruebush Company, 1923. (pp. 156-172)    FHL book 975.581 H2m

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).

 

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