Mississippi State Troops Infantry

 

(from Dunbar Rowland’s "Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898"; company listing courtesy of H. Grady Howell’s "For Dixie Land, I’ll Take My Stand’)

 

[Note: Little information regarding MS State Troops survives. The information below is all that is to be found on these units in Rowland’s memorable survey of Mississippi’s Confederate heroes.]

STATE TROOPS. MAINLY TROOPS OF 1864.

In August, 1864, Governor Clark was authorized to call out every able-bodied man in the State to repel invasion, and all capable of bearing arms were called to assemble at Grenada, Okolona or Macon. In August also, the Legislature authorized General Forrest to order on military duty for thirty days boys and men between the ages of 16 and 55 years.

Col. J. J. Pettus, commissioned August 8, 1864, was put in command of rendezvous at Grenada, with P. S. Layton as his Adjutant. Col. John M. Simonton, commissioned August 13, was assigned to command of the rendezvous at Okolona. Col. Jeptha V. Harris, commissioned August 26, was in command at Macon. There was also a rendezvous at Brandon, under Colonel Thornton. Col. O. J. E. Stewart commanded District No. 5.

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FIRST REGIMENT INFANTRY (State Troops) (Patton’s)

Organized August 24, 1864. Colonel--William S. Patton. Lieutenant-Colonel -- Samuel M. Meek. Major -- W. D. Outlaw. Assistant Surgeon -- J. G. Carroll. Chaplain -- P. P. Neely. Adjutants -- A. J. Gillespie, Phil. M. Jenkins, Quartermaster -- J. D. Tolson.

Company A -- Capt. Halbert’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company B -- Capt. Grace’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company C -- Capt. Blythe’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company D -- Capt. Meek’s Company (raised in Lowndes County, MS)

Company E -- Kemper Deer Hunters (raised in Kemper County, MS)

Company F -- Capt. Greer’s Company (raised in Noxubee County, MS)

Company G -- Capt. Hardy’s Company (raised in Lowndes County, MS)

Company H -- Capt. Berry’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company I -- Capt. Houston’s Company (raised in Leake, Neshoba, & Winston Counties, MS)

Company K -- Capt. Shanon’s Company (county of origin not specified)

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SECOND REGIMENT INFANTRY (State Troops) (Chandler’s)

Organized September 2, 1864, for thirty days. Colonel -- Greene C. Chandler. Lieutenant-Colonel -- William L. Cole. Major -- William T. Powe. Quartermaster -- J.M. Bradley. Adjutant -- D.C. Chamberlain. Chaplain -- R.J. Jones.

Company A -- Capt. O’Ferrall’s Company (raised in Noxubee County, MS)

Company B -- Capt. Pickens’ Company (raised in Wayne County, MS)

Company C -- Capt. Kellis’ Company (raised in Noxubee County, MS)

Company D -- Capt. Chapman’s Company (raised in Jasper County, MS)

Company E -- Capt. McCormick’s Company (raised in Jasper County, MS)

Company F -- Capt. Lankford’s Company (raised in Clarke County, MS)

Company G -- Capt. Sessums’ Company (raised in Noxubee & Oktibbeha Counties, MS)

Company H -- Capt. Cole’s Company (raised in Noxubee County, MS)

Company I -- Capt. Singleton’s Company (raised in Chickasaw County, MS)

Company K -- Capt. Stewart’s Company (raised in Chickasaw & Monroe Counties, MS)

Company L -- Capt. Vaughan’s Company (raised in Jasper County, MS)

Company M -- Capt. East’s Company (raised in Oktibbeha County, MS)

Company O -- Capt. Windham’s Company (raised in Jones County, MS)

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CHANDLER’S REGIMENT INFANTRY (State Troops)

[Note: It is unclear whether Chandler’s Regiment (State Troops) and the 2nd MS Infantry (State Troops) are the same unit. Rowland lists them separately, but adjacently, a practice he does not follow in the rest of his book, where, in a given section, all numbered units precede all named units. As Rowland lists them separately, his practice will be followed here.]

General Maury, commanding the department, asked Governor Clark, at Meridian, September 5, 1864, to send Chandler's Regiment to Bucatunna to protect the railroad. The regiment was posted accordingly, under the orders of General Maury.

[No listing of companies available.]

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THIRD REGIMENT INFANTRY (State Troops) (Summerville’s)

Colonel -- James Summerville. Lieutenant-Colonel -- William Buckner. Major -- T. C. Harris. Adjutant -- A. M. Harlow.

Company A -- Capt. Hale’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company B -- Capt. Gordin’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company C -- Capt. Milton’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company D -- Capt. Hayman’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company E -- Capt. Stevens’ Company (county of origin not specified)

Company F -- Capt. McLeod’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company G -- Capt. Riley’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company H -- Capt. Bankhead’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company I -- Capt. Pegues’ Company (county of origin not specified)

Company K -- Capt. Hill’s Company (county of origin not specified)

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FIRST BATTALION INFANTRY (State Troops) (Harper’s)

Lieutenant-Colonel -- J.Y. Harper. Major -- N.H. Bradley.

Formed from eight companies of infantry that reported at Brandon and were enlisted there August 20-31, 1864.

Company A -- Capt. Marshall’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company B -- Capt. Sutton’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company C -- Capt. Harris’ Company (county of origin not specified)

Company D -- Capt. Eakens’ Company (county of origin not specified)

Company E -- Capt. Hamiter’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company F -- Capt. Paddleford’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company G -- Capt. Lamar’s Company (county of origin not specified)

Company H -- Capt. Noblin’s Company (county of origin not specified)

The above rolls cover the period August-September, 1864, when the battalion was encamped at Brandon.

 

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