16th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

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Brief History

16th Infantry Regiment was organized at Corinth, Mississippi, in June, 1861, and about 950 officers and men were mustered into Confederate service. They were recruited in the counties of Pike, Wilkinson, Holmes, Copiah, Adams, and Jasper. Sent to Virginia the regiment was brigaded under Generals Trimble, Featherston, Posey, and Harris. After fighting in Jackson's Valley Campaign, it participated in the campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, then shared in the Petersburg siege south of the James River and the Appomattox operations. The 16th lost 6 killed and 28 wounded at Cross Keys, had 15 killed, 51 wounded, and 19 missing at Gaines' Mill and Malvern Hill, and sixty-three percent of the 228 engaged at Sharpsburg were disabled. It reported 23 wounded at Fredericksburg, sustained 76 casualties at Chancellorsville, and took 385 effectives to Gettysburg. On April 9, 1865, it surrendered 4 officers and 68 men. The field officers were Colonels Samuel E. Baker, Edward C. Councill, and Carnot Posey; Lieutenant Colonels Seneca M. Bain, Robert Clarke, Abram M. Feltus, and James J. Shannon; and Majors Jeff. Bankston and Thomas R. Stockdale. [1]

Regiment Companies with the County 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 D - Adams Light Guard  Co. #2 Captain Baker - Adams County - Roster and History

Company I - Adams Light Guard # 1 Captain Clark - Adams County - Roster and History

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Mississippi in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • 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.
  • Mississippi in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Mississippi, 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.
  • Conerly, Luke Ward. A historical sketch of the Quitman Guards, Company E, Sixteenth Mississippi Regiment, Harris' Brigade : from its organization in Holmesville, 21st April, 1861 to the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, 9th April 1865. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990), FHL fiche 6082503
  • Howell, H. Grady. Featherston's/Posey's/Harris' Mississippi Brigade : Army of Northern Virginia, a muster listing. (Carrollton, Mississippi : Pioneer Pub. Co., c2005), FHL book 976.2 M2hf
  • Lightsey, Ada Christine. The Veteran's story. (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, c1990, FHL fiche 6082504


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 11 January 2011)