11th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 11th Virginia was organized at Lynchburg, Virginia, in May, 1861, and accepted into Confederate service in July. Its members were raised in the counties of Campbell, Botetourt, Montgomery, Fauquier, Culpeper, Rockbridge and Alleghany Counties. It was reorganized on 26 April 1862.  Many were captured at Sayler's Creek, and only 1 officer and 28 men surrendered. The field officers were Colonels David Funsten, Samuel Garland, Jr., Maurice S. Langhorne, and Kirkwood Otey; and Majors Adam Clement, Carter H. Harrison, and J.R. Hutter.[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. See FHL book 975.5 M2vr v. 20for a complete muster roster of this Regiment.

Company A (Rifle Greys)

Company B ( Southern Guards)

Company C ( Clifton Greys)

Company D ( Fincastle Rifles)

Company E ( Lynchburg Rifles)

Company F ( Preston Guards)

Company G ( Home Guard)

Company H ( Jeff Davis Guards)

Company  I  (Rough and Ready Rifles)

Company K  (Valley Regulators) - Many men in this Company were from Alleghany and Rockbridge Counties. See FHL book 975.581 H2m for a muster roll of men from Alleghany County.

The information above is from 11th Virginia Infantry by Robert T. Bell

Records[edit | edit source]

Records of Companies A, E, G, and H are included in:

  • Soldiers of Virginia who fought in her defence in the war between the states, 1861-1865 : muster rolls : troops of cavalry, companies of artillery, and companies of infantry, organized, recruited or enlisted, in whole or in part, in the city of Lynchburg during the war between the states. MSS., Lynchburg City Courthouse (Lynchburg, Va.). Copy: FHL Film 1994905 Item 1.

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 (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.
  • 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 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.
  • Blackford, Charles M. Annals of the Lynchburg Home Guard. Lynchburg, Va.: John W. Rohr, Electric Power Printer and Binder, 1891. Digital version at Internet Archive; FHL Film 1404235.
  • Morgan, W.H. Personal Reminiscences of the War of 1861-5: In Camp, En Bivouac, on the March, on Picket, on the Skirmish Line, on the Battlefield, and in Prison. Lynchburg, Va.: J.P. Bell, 1911. FHL Fiche 6082842 (4 fiche).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).