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Third Brigade, Army of the Potomac

17th Mississippi Infantry, Company I, circa 1861

17th Mississippi Infantry, Company I, circa 1861

Seventeenth Mississippi Infantry

Mustered in Confederate service for one year 7 June, 1861. Arrived at Manassas Junction, Virginia, 18 June, 1861. Stationed at McLean's Ford, on the Bull Run River, 21 July, 1861

COLONEL W S FEATHERSTON
Captain W S Featherston, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company G, was appointed colonel, 17th Mississippi Infantry, at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 4 June, 1861, dated 1 June, 1861.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL J MCGUIRK
Captain J McGuirk, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company B, was appointed lieutenant colonel, 17th Mississippi Infantry, at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 6 June, 1861, dated 1 June, 1861.

MAJOR J M LYLES
Captain J M Lyes, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company K, was appointed major, 17th Mississippi Infantry, at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 4 June, 1861, dated 1 June, 1861.

Company A Buena Vista Rifles: CAPT. T L ROGERS
The company was accepted in state service at Buena Vista, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, on 28 March, 1861, and was mustered in state service by Captain W F Tucker, Chickasaw Guards, on 22 April, 1861. The company arrived at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 27 May, 1861, and was mustered in Confederate service for one year at by Captain W S Walker, infantry, Confederate States Army, on 7 June, 1861, dated 27 May, 1861. Captain T L Rogers, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company A, resigned on 17 August, 1861.
Company B Mississippi Rangers: CAPT. L S Scruggs
The company was mustered in state service for the war, under the command of Captain J McGuirk, at Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi, by Captain E W Upshaw, Pettus Rifles, on 8 May, 1861, and arrived at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 27 May, 1861. The company was mustered in Confederate service for one year at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, by Captain W S Walker, infantry, Confederate States Army, on 7 June, 1861, dated 27 May, 1861, and Captain J McGuirk, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company B, was appointed lieutenant colonel, 17th Mississippi Infantry, on 6 June, 1861, dated 1 June, 1861, and First Sergeant L S Scruggs, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company B, captain, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company B, on 6 June, 1861, dated 7 June, 1861. Captain L S Scruggs, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company B, resigned on 8 August, 1861.
Company C Quitman Greys: CAPT. W D HOLDER
The company was accepted in state service at Saltillo, Pontotoc County, Mississippi, on 17 April, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year by Captain J H Miller, Pontotoc Light Dragoons, on 23 May, 1861. The company arrived at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 1 June, 1861, and was mustered in Confederate service for one year by Captain W S Walker, infantry, Confederate States Army, on 7 June, 1861, dated 1 June, 1861.
Company D Rough and Readies: CAPT. H E WILLIAMSON
The company was accepted in state service at Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi, on 20 April, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year on 15 May, 1861. The company arrived at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 29 May, 1861, and was mustered in Confederate service for one year at Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, by Captain W S Walker, infantry, Confederate States Army, on 7 June, 1861, dated 29 May, 1861.
Company E Burnsville Blues: CAPT. M D MORELAND
The company was accepted in state service at Burnsville, Tishomingo County, Mississippi, on 12 April, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year on 11 May, 1861. The company arrived at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 27 may, 1861, and was mustered in Confederate service for one year at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, by Captain W S Walker, infantry, Confederate States Army, on 7 June, 1861, dated 27 May, 1861.
Company F Sam Benton Relief Rifles: CAPT. W T IVY
The company was accepted in state service at North Mount Pleasant, Marshall County, Mississippi, on 20 April, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year on 29 April, 1861. The company arrived at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, in the evening on 29 May, 1861, and was mustered in Confederate service for one year by Captain W S Walker, infantry, Confederate States Army, on 7 June, 1861, dated 29 May, 1861. Captain W T Ivy, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company F, arrived at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 3 June, 1861.
Company G Confederate Guards: CAPT. C W SEARS
The company was accepted in state service at Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi, on 13 April, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year on 22 April, 1861. The company was ordered to Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, at 9 AM on 27 May, 1861, and arrived at 5 PM the same day. The company was mustered in Confederate service for one year, under the command of Captain W S Featherston, at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, by Captain W S Walker, infantry, Confederate States Army, on 7 June, 1861, dated 27 May, 1861, and Captain W S Featherston, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company G, was appointed colonel, 17th Mississippi Infantry, on 4 June, 1861, dated 1 June, 1861. Private C W Sears, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company G, was appointed captain, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company G, on 5 June, 1861, dated 7 June, 1861.
Company H Panola Vindicators: CAPT. G P FOOTE
The company was accepted in state service at Panola, Panola County, Mississippi, on 22 April, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year at Panola, Panola County, Mississippi, by Captain J R Dickens, Sardis Blues, on 27 April, 1861. The company was ordered to Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 27 May, 1861, and arrived at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, in the evening the same day. The company was mustered in Confederate service for one year at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, by Captain W S Walker, infantry, Confederate States Army, on 7 June, 1861, dated 27 May, 1861.
Company I Pettus Rifles: CAPT. E W UpsHaw
The company was accepted in state servive at Cockrum, DeSoto County, Mississippi, on 18 April, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year by Captain J McGuirk, Mississippi Rangers, on 23 April, 1861. The company arrived at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, was mustered in Confederate service for one year at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, by Captain W S Walker, infantry, Confederate States Army, on 7 June, 1861, dated 1 June, 1861, and Captain M Bell's resignation was accepted by Special Orders No.84, Paragraph I, Adjutant & Inspector General's Office, Richmond, Virginia, on 29 June, 1861. Private E W Upshaw, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company F, was appointed captain, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company I, on 2 July, 1861.
Company K Magnolia Guards: CAPT. W L Duff
The company was accepted in state service at Sarepta, Calhoun County, Mississippi, on 15 April, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year, under the command of Captain J M Lyes, on 23 April, 1861. The company was ordered to Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, in the morning on 27 May, 1861, and arrived at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 28 May, 1861. The company was mustered in Confederate service for one year at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, by Captain W S Walker, infantry, Confederate States Army, on 7 June, 1861, dated 28 May, 1861, and Captain J M Lyes, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company K, was appointed major, 17th Mississippi Infantry, on 4 June, 1861, dated 1 June, 1861, and Third Lieutenant W L Duff, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company K, captain, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company K, on 4 June, 1861, dated 7 June, 1861.

Sources

A life for the Confederacy: As recorded in the pocket diaries of Robert A. Moore, Pvt., Co. G 17th Mississippi Regiment, Confederate Guards, Holy Springs, Mississippi, edited by James W Silver

Military history of Mississippi, 1803-1898, taken from the official and statistical register of the State of Mississippi, 1908, by Dunbar Rowland

Notes

The 17th Mississippi Infantry was accepted in Confederate service on 1 June, 1861, and was stationed at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, on 4 June, 1861.

Mustered in one year, Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, 7 June, 1861, dated 23, 27, 28, 29, & 30 May & 1 June, 1861: The 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company C, was mustered in Confederate service for one year at at Camp Mott, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, by Captain W S Walker, infantry, Confederate States Army, on 7 June, 1861, dated 23 May, 1861; Companies B, D, G, and H on 7 June, 1861, dated 27 May, 1861; Companies D and K on 7 June, 1861, dated 28 May, 1861; Company F on 7 June, 1861, dated 29 May, 1861; Company A on 7 June, 1861, dated 30 May, 1861; and Company I on 7 June, 1861, dated 1 June, 1861.

General Orders, Headquarters Army of Mississippi, Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, 21 May, 1861: The 17th Mississippi Infantry, Companies B, D, E, F, G, H, I, and K, were ordered to rendezvous at Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, by General Orders, Headquarters, Army of the Mississippi, Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, on 21 May, 1861.

Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, to Lynchburg, Virginia, 12-16 June, 1861: Five companies of the 17th Mississippi Infantry, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel J McGuirk, were ordered to proceed by the Memphis & Charleston Railroad to Lynchburg, Virginia, at 12 PM on 12 June, 1861, and arrived at Hunstville, Madison County, Alabama, at 8 PM the same day. The five companies were ordered to Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, at 10 PM on 12 June, 1861, and arrived at 12 PM on 13 June, 1861. The five companies of the 17th Mississippi Infantry were ordered to proceed by the East Tennessee & Georgia Railroad to Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, at 1.30 PM the same day and arrived at 5.30 PM on 14 June, 1861. The five companies were ordered to proceed by the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad to Lynchburg, Virginia, at 6 AM on 15 June, 1861, and arrived at Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, at 9 PM the same day. The Five companies of the 17th Mississippi Infantry were ordered to Lynchburg, Virginia, at 6.30 AM on 16 June, 1861, and arrived in the morning on 17 June, 1861.

Note: Five remaining companies of the 17th Mississippi Infantry, under the command of Colonel W S Featherston and Major J M Lyles, arrived at Lynchburg, Virginia, on 17 June, 1861.

Lynchburg to Manassas Junction, Virginia, 17-18 June, 1861: The 17th Mississippi Infantry was ordered to proceed by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad to Manassas Junction, Virginia, at 8 PM on 17 June, 1861, and arrived at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, via Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and Gordonsville, Orange County, Virginia, at 9.30 AM on 18 June, 1861.

Camp Walker, on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, near McLean's Ford, on the Bull Run River, 18 June, 1861: The 17th Mississippi Infantry arrived at Camp Walker, on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, near McLean's Ford, on the Bull Run River, on 18 June, 1861.

Note: The 17th Mississippi Infantry was assigned to the Third Brigade, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Brigadier General D R Jones, by General Orders No.20, Paragraph III, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 20 June, 1861.

Camp Walker, on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, to McLean's Ford, on the Bull Run River, 17 July, 1861: The 17th Mississippi Infantry was ordered to McLean's Ford, on the Bull Run River, on 17 July, 1861.

After the first battle of Manassas the 17th Mississippi Infantry was stationed at McLean's Ford, on the Bull Run River, in the evening on 21 July, 1861.

McLean's Ford to Union Mills & Centreville Road, between the Braddock Road & Union Mills Ford, on the Bull Run River, 23 July, 1861: The 17th Mississippi Infantry was ordered to the Union Mills & Centreville Road, between the Braddock Road and Union Mills Ford, on the Bull Run River, by Special Orders No.146, Paragraph I, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 23 July, 1861, dated 22 July, 1861, and arrived at Camp Pettus, on the Union Mills & Centreville Road, between the Braddock Road and Union Mills Ford, on the Bull Run River, the same day.

Note: The 17th Mississippi Infantry was assigned to the Seventh Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Colonel N G Evans, cavalry, Confederate States Army, by Special Orders No.169, Paragraph I, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 25 July, 1861.

Organisation of Seventh Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, 25 July, 1861: 1st Mississippi Battalion Infantry, 13th Mississippi Infantry, 17th Mississippi Infantry, 18th Mississippi Infantry

Union Mills & Centreville Road, between the Braddock Road & Union Mills Ford, to the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River, 3 August, 1861: The 17th Mississippi Infantry was ordered to the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River, on 3 August, 1861.

Centreville, Fairfax County, to Carter's Mill, near Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, 9-11 August, 1861: The 17th Mississippi Infantry was ordered to Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.212, Paragraph I, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 8 August, 1861, and proceeded on 9 August, 1861. The regiment arrived at Carter's Mill, near Leesburg, via Gum Spring and Ball's Mills, on Goose Creek, Loudoun County, Virginia, on 11 August, 1861.

Reorganised near Yorktown, York County, Virginia, 26 April, 1862: The 17th Mississippi Infantry was reorganised near Yorktown, York County, Virginia, for two years on 26 April, 1862.

Surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse, Appomattox County, Virginia, 9 April, 1865: The 17th Mississippi Infantry, under the command of Captain G R Cherry, 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company C, surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse, Appomattox County, Virginia, on 9 April, 1865.

Brigadier General D R Jones, Confederate States Army, Third Brigade, Army of the Potomac: Brevet Captain & Assistant Adjutant General D R Jones, United States Army, resigned on 15 February, 1861, and was appointed captain and assistant adjutant general, Confederate States Army, on 6 March, 1861. Captain & Assistant Adjutant General D R Jones, Confederate States Army, was assigned to Brigadier General P G T Beauregard, Confederate States Army, at Charleston Harbour between 11 and 31 March, 1861, and was appointed major and assistant adjutant and inspector general, Confederate States Army, on 29 March, 1861, dated 16 March, 1861. Major & Assistant Adjutant General D R Jones, Confederate States Army, was ordered to Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 28 May, 1861, and arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 3 June, 1861. He was appointed brigadier general, Confederate States Army, on 17 June, 1861, and was assigned to command the Third Brigade, Army of the Potomac, on 20 June, 1861.

Note: Captain & Assistant Adjutant General D R Jones, Confederate States Army, was appointed major and assistant adjutant and inspector general, Confederate States Army, between 29 March and 30 April, 1861.

Brigadier General C Clark, Confederate States Army, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Virginia, 4 September, 1861: C Clark was appointed brigadier general, Mississippi Militia, on 23 January, 1861, and major general on 15 April, 1861. Major General C Clark, Army of Mississippi, was appointed brigadier general, Confederate States Army, on 22 May, 1861, and was assigned to command Camp Clark, near Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, between 28 May and 21 June, 1861. Brigadier General C Clark, Confederate States Army, was assigned to command Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, by Special Orders No.143, Adjutant & Inspector General's Office, Richmond, Virginia, on 4 September, 1861, and was stationed at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, between 4 September and 14 October, 1861 (See the Garrison at Camp Pickens).

The 17th Mississippi Infantry was assigned to the Seventh Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Colonel N G Evans, by Special Orders No.169, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, on 25 July, 1861.

Reports

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.97: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, pp539-540
Colonel W S Featherston, Seventeenth Mississippi Infantry, dated Camp Pettus, near Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, 24 July, 1861

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.96: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, pp537-539
Brigadier General D R Jones, Third Brigade, Army of the Potomac, dated near McLean’s Ford, on the Bull Run River, 23 July, 1861