2nd Battalion, Mississippi Infantry
Brief History[edit | edit source]
2nd Infantry Battalion was organized at Jackson, Mississippi, during the summer of 1861 with five companies, later increased to six. In Novemer, 1862, additional companies joined the unit, and it became the 48th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry. Its commanders were Lieutenant Colonels Thomas B. Manlove, John G. Taylor, and William S. Wilson.
- The 2nd Battalion Mississippi Infantry/48th Regiment Mississippi Infantry Internet site has a longer history taken from Dunbar Rowland's Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898.
Regiment Companies with the County of Origin[edit | edit source]
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.
Companies of the 2nd Battalion, MS Infantry [letter designations unclear]:
Company ? - (King Cotton Guards) - raised in Warren County
Company ? - (Rocky Point Rifles, aka Rocky Point Rifle Company) - raised in Attala County
Company ? - (Dixie Boys) - raised in Yalobusha County
Company ? - (Oktibbeha Reserve [or "Oktibbeha Rescue" - records not clear], aka Capt. Joel P. Rogers’ Company [also known as Co K]) - raised in Oktibbeha County
Company ? - (Jackson Boys [attached to the 26th Virginia Infantry] ) - raised in Hinds County
Company ? - (Blewett’s Company, aka Blewett’s Rifles, aka "The Blewett’s" [became the 48th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, Company C]) - raised in Lowndes County
Other Sources[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- 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), FHL book 976.2 M2 and 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
- 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), FHL book 976.2 H2
References[edit | edit source]
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 11 January 2011)