English’s Company Light Artillery
(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’)
Raised in Adams County, MS.
Captain -- Richard T. English. First I.ieutenant -- William W. Wilkins. Second Lieutenant -- P. J. Noland. Third Lieutenant -- John W. Chase.
This company, of Adams County, appears to be the successor of the Quitman Light Artillery, which served one year at Pensacola in 1861-62. English and Wilkins had the same rank in the former company and Noland and Chase were privates, on enlistment in 1861. According to the "Rolls of Adams County" this company was mustered in June, 1862, enrolled 79. The company is listed with the troops at Port Hudson under Gen. W. N. R. Beall, August 31, 1862, aggregate present 64, where they remained and were reported in April, 1863, Lieut. W. W. Wilkins commanding, on provost duty. They served during the siege of Port Hudson, suffering severely on June 28 (Roll of Adams County), when Lieutenants Wilkins and Chase and Private Murphy were killed and Lieutenant Noland, Sergeants Peter Paul, H. C. Stietenroth, Thomas English and eight others wounded. Colonel Steedman, commanding the left wing, reported one wounded May 26. The company was surrendered with the garrison July 8, 1863, under command of Lieutenant Noland, and the non-commissioned officers and men were paroled.
[Rowland’s magnificent history of Confederate MS contains no further data on this company of artillery.]