24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

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24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry was assembled in June, 1861, with men from Floyd, Franklin, Carroll, Giles, Pulaski, Mercer, and Henry Counties.  Many were lost at Sayler's Creek with no officers and 22 men surrendered on April 9, 1865. [1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties 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.

Company A (Floyd Riflemen) - many men from Floyd County

Company B (Franklin Rifles) - many men from Franklin County

Company C (Carroll Boys) - many men from Carroll County

Company D ( Early Guards) - many men from Franklin County

Company E  (Pulaski Guards) - many men from Pulaski County

Company F (New River Rifles) - many  men from Giles County

Company G (Captain Robert A. Richardson) - many men from Mercer County

Company H (Henry Guards) - many men from Henry County

Company  I  (Captain Andrew Murray Lybrook's Company) - many men from Patrick County

Company  K (New River Grays) - many men from Montgomery County

The information above is from 24 Virginia Infantry, by Ralph White Gunn.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in Virginia in the Civil War and United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865.
  • 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.
  • Virginia in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Virginia, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861-1865 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.
  • Early, Jubal Anderson and R.H. Early. Lieutenant General Jubal Anderson Early C.S.A.: Autobiographical Sketch and Narrative of the War between the States. Philadelphia, Pa.: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1912. Digital version at Google Books; FHL Fiche 6082220 (6 fiche).
  • Maury, Richard Lancelot. The Battle of Williamsburg and the Charge of the 24th Virginia, of Early's Brigade. Richmond, Va.: Johns & Goolsby, Printers, 1880. FHL Fiche 6082862.
  • Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia. New York, NY: Facts on File, 1992- 1995. (Family History Library book 975 M2ss, Ten Volumes.) This gives organization information for each unit and its field officers, assignments, and battles. It also lists sources further reading. Volume 5 is for Virginia.
  • Wallace, Lee A. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations, 1861-1865. Lynchburg, Virginia: H. E. Howard, 1986. (Family History Library book 975.5 M2vr, Volume 29.) This gives brief historical sketches of each regiment and lists officers, company names, and commanders.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).