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  • MISSISSIPPI Unit Receipts



    Three Receipts for the 2nd Mississippi Infantry. All three are for military items issued in May 1861 to the 2nd Mississippi regiment in Virginia: bayonet scabbards, cartridge boxes, cartridge box belts, and more. Signed by 1st Lt. H. S. Holland, "Commanding Beck Rifles"; Captain John H. Booth, "Commanding Calhoun Rifles"; and S. H. Taylor, "Commanding Coonewah Rifles." All are on ruled paper with only minor soiling.

    April 30 Finished organization at Corinth, Mississip
    May 3 Elected Colonel William C. Falkner, Lieutenant Colonel Bartley Barry Boone, Major David W. Humphreys, and Adjutant Lawson B. Hovis
    May 5-10 Moved by rail to Lynchburg, Virginia in two sections, Companies A,C,D,F & I under Lt. Colonel Boone and Companies B,E,G,H & K under Colonel Falkner.
    May 10 Camped at Camp Walker outside Lynchburg and mustered into Confederate States service for one year.
    May 17-18 Ordered to Harpers Ferry with the 11th Mississippi Regiment and the 2nd Mississipi Battalion and moved to Strasburg, Virginia by rail.
    May 19-20 Marched to Winchester, then moved by rail to Harpers Ferry. Camped on Bolivar Heights.
    May 23 The Inspector General reported that the regiment was not happy with its flintlock smoothbore muskets, had a “slovenly and unsoldierlike appearance,” and had “come away from home without making proper preparation” for “almost every necesssity of clothing.”
    June 15 Withdrew from Harpers Ferry with Johnston’s Army to Camp Johnston, near Winchester.
    June 16 Moved to Bunker Hill and camped on Mill Creek.
    June 18 Moved on the Valley Pike to Camp Bee at Winchester. Colonel Falkner was put in command of a brigade consisting of the regiment, the 11th Mississippi, the 4th Alabama and the 1st Tennessee.
    June19 General Bernard Bee took command of the brigade. Colonel Falkner returned to command of the regiment.
    June 28-29 Moved by rail to Harpers Ferry. At Harpers Ferry the regiment burned railroad cars on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, then marched to Hallstown. It then returned by rail to Winchester.
    July 2-3 Moved to Darkesville in an overnight march.
    July 7 Returned to Winchester.
    July 18 Ordered to support Beauregard at Manassas. The sick were left at Winchester and the regiment marched through Ashby’s Gap to Piedmont, where with two companies of the 11th Mississippi, and Generals Johnston and Bee it boarded a train for Manassas.
    July 20 Arrived at Manassas about noon. The regiment was put in a suporting position behind McLean’s and Blackburn’s Fords on Bull Run.
    July 21
    Battle of Manassas (Bull Run)

    The regiment was sent to reinforce the endangered left flank. It arrived at the scene of the fighting around 11, crossing Young’s Branch and forming a defensive line that was supported by two batteries. Under heavy small arms and artillery fire that mortally wounded General Bee, the regiment fell back with heavy losses and reformed behind Jackson’s Brigade. It then joined Jackson in the attack on the Union batteries. Major Whiting gave the 2nd Mississippi credit for the capture of Rickett’s Federal Battery. The regiment lost 25 men killed, and 82 men wounded. Colonel Falkner and Sergeant Major John Blair were wounded, and Lieutenant Colonel Bartley Boone was captured.