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Regiment Details

CONFEDERATE MISSISSIPPI TROOPS

21st Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

Overview:
21st Infantry Regiment was organized in October, 1861, using the 1st (Brandon's) Mississippi Infantry Battalion as its nucleus. It was mustered into Confederate service at Manassas, Virginia. The men were from the counties of Warren, Hinds, Claiborne, Lafayette, Tallahatchie, Madison, Holmes, and Union. In April, 1862, its force was 684 men, and during the war it served under the command of Generals Griffith, Barksdale, and Humphreys. The 21st participated in the campaigns of the army from the Seven Days' Battles to Gettysburg, then moved to Longstreet to fight at Chickamauga and Knoxville. After returning to Virginia it was involved in the Battles of The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, Early's Shenandoah Valley operations, and the Appomattox Campaign. It lost 32 killed and 119 wounded during the Seven Days' Battles, had 3 killed and 56 wounded of the 200 engaged at Sharpsburg, and had 11 wounded at Fredericksburg. Its casualties at Chancellorsville were 3 killed and 25 wounded and twenty-four percent of the 424 at Gettysburg were disabled. Many were captured at Sayler's Creek, and only 4 officers and 44 men surrendered. Its field officers were Colonels William L. Brandon, Benjamin G. Humphreys, and Daniel N. Moody; Lieutenant Colonels William H. Fitzgerald and John Sims; and Major John G. Taylor.
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