CONFEDERATE VIRGINIA TROOPS
59th Regiment, Virginia Infantry
59th Infantry Regiment [also called 2nd Regiment, Wise Legion] was organized in August,
1861. Part of this unit was captured at Roanoke Island in February, 1862. Some
of the companies not captured made up the 26th Battalion. It was attached to the Department of
Richmond, assigned to Wise's Brigade, and saw action during the Seven Days' Battles. Later the
regiment was transferred to the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and
participated in various conflicts around Charleston. Returning to Virginia in the spring of 1864 it
was placed in the Petersburg
trenches, then fought in the Appomattox Campaign. Many were
disabled at Sayler's Creek, and
none of its members were present at the surrender. The field officers were Colonels Charles F.
Henningsen and William B. Tabb, Lieutenant Colonels Frank P. Anderson and Joseph Jones, and
Majors John Lawson and Robert G. Mosby.
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