15th Battalion, Mississippi Sharpshooters

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Brief History


15th Battalion Sharpshooters was organized during the late summer of 1862 at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Its two companies were composed of men from other Mississippi units already in the field. It was involved in the Kentucky operations, then was assigned to S.A.M. Wood's and Lowrey's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. The unit sustained 33 casualties at Murfreesboro, contained 78 men in January, 1863, and had many disabled at Chickamauga. That December only 54 effectives were present, and it soon disbanded. The men joined other Mississippi units. Major A.T. Hawkins was in command.

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 A - Steger’s Company (county of origin not specified)
Company B - Coleman’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Source Material

  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System can be searched by soldier's name or by regiment; includes regimental rosters and additional history of the regiment.

  • Rowland, Dunbar, Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898: taken from the Official and statistical register of the State of Mississippi, 1908 (Spartanburg, South Carolina: Reprint Company).

  • Howell, H. Grady, For Dixie Land, I’ll Take My Stand!: A Muster Listing of All Known Mississippi Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines (Chickasaw Bayou Press, 1998).