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Brief History

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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  ( Mecklenburg Guards) - many men from Mecklenburg County

  Company B  ( Mecklenburg Spartans) - many men from Mecklenburg County

  Company C  ( Louisa Holliday Guards) - many men from Louisa County

  Company D  (Buckingham Yancey Guards) - many men from Buckingham County

  Company E  ( Ebenezer Grays) - many men from Brunswick County

  Company F  (Louisa Nelson Grays) - many men from Louisa and Nelson Counties

  Company G  ( Charlotte Defenders) - many men from Charlotte County

  Company H  (White Hall Guards) - many men from Albemarle County

  Company  I   (Charlotte Grays) - many men from Charlotte County

  Company  K  (Harrison's Guards) - many men from Hanover County


  The information above is from 56th Virginia Infantry, by William A. Young, Jr and Patricia C.     Young

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.

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).

 

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