1st Mississippi Light Artillery, Company L [Vaiden's Mississippi Battery]
This unit was attached to Col. Edward Higgins' River Defense Batteries, Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton's Army of Vicksburg. Company A was commanded by Capt. S.C. Bains. On 23 May 1863, detachments of this battery were reassigned to positions in Col. Alexander W. Reynolds', Brig. Gen. Alfred Cumming's, and Brig. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee's sectors of the Vicksburg Perimeter Defensive Lines. [Refer to Edwin Bearss' The Vicksburg Campaign, Volume III, pages 784, 785, 968, and 1249.]
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The 43d Mississippi Infantry's mascot, Douglas the Camel, remained with the regiment until Vicksburg where he was killed by Union sharpshooters. Douglas is honored with his own grave marker in Vicksburg's Cedar Hill Cemetery.