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Confederate States of America. Army. Virginia Infantry Regiment, 54th


Administrative History

The 54th Virginia Infantry of the Confederate Army was organized by Colonel Robert C. Trigg in Southwest Virginia during the late summer and early fall of 1861 during the American Civil War. Mustered into service on September 10, the regiment trained at Camp Hall in Montgomery County before joining the Army of Eastern Kentucky. The 54th participated in battles at Middle Creek (Kentucky) and Princeton ((West) Virginia) in 1862, then returned to Southwest Virginia for several months before being ordered east late in the year. The regiment participated in the Battle of Kelly's Store in January 1863, then was transferred to the Army of East Tennessee. The 54th saw action at the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge before participating in Johnston's Atlanta Campaign and Hood's Tennessee Campaign in 1864. Afterward, Trigg and a detachment returned to Southwest Virginia, while the remainder of the regiment found itself participating in the Carolina Campaign at war's end.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

John Newton Carnahan Letters

Identifier: Ms-2009-112

The collection includes American Civil War letters from Private John Newton Carnahan of the 54th Virginia Infantry to his wife, Juliette Sophia Calfee Carnahan, and children in Pulaski County, Virginia.

Dates: 1861 - 1862