6th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
6th Infantry Regiment [also called 7th Regiment] was assembled at Jackson, Mississippi, in February, 1861. Its companies were recruited in the counties of Rankin, Quitman, Leake, Scott, Copiah, and Simpson. On April 26, 1865, it surrendered. The field officers were Colonels Robert Lowry and John J. Thornton; Lieutenant Colonels R.R. Bennett, Thomas J. Borden, and A.Y. Harper; and Majors W.T. Hendon and J.R. Stevens.
The 6th Mississippi Infantry Internet site has a longer history taken from Dunbar Rowland's Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898.
An extensive history can be found on the 6th Mississippi Infantry Regiment "The Bloody Sixth" Internet site. It also has links to a Muster Roll Index, a Staff Officers and the 6th Mississippi Living History Group.
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 -- Rankin Rough & Readies (raised in Rankin County, MS) see Roster
Company B -- New Guard (raised in Rankin County, MS) see Roster
Company C -- Quitman Southrons (raised in Leake County, MS) see Roster
Company D -- Lowry Rifles (raised in Smith County, MS) see Roster
Company E -- Lake Rebels (raised in Scott County, MS) see Roster
Company F -- Crystal Springs Guards (raised in Copiah County, MS) see Roster
Company G -- Rockport Steel Blades (raised in Copiah County, MS) see Roster
Company H -- Simpson Fencibles (raised in Simpson County, MS) see Roster
Company I -- Rankin Greys (raised in Rankin County, MS) see Roster
Company K -- East Mississippi Greys (raised in Scott County, MS) see Roster
- 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).