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Confederate States of America. Army. Virginia Infantry Regiment, 15th


Administrative History

The 15th Virginia Infantry, initially called the 3rd Virginia Regiment, of the Confederate Army was originally formed from ten companies taken from Richmond and its surrounding area--some companies even predated the southern states' succession from the Union, beginning the American Civil War. The original company names were: Henrico Grays, Virginia Life Guards, Patrick Henry's Rifles, Henrico Guard, Ashland Grays, Emmett Guard, Henrico Southern Guard, Young Guard, Hanover Grays, and Marion Rifles. These companies later held alphabetical designations. (A relatively diverse "regiment," the Emmett Guard was composed largely of Irish citizens while the Marion Rifles included German citizens.) The 15th Virginia Infantry was involved in significant battles at Bethel Church, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, South Mountain, and Sharpsburg.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

15th Virginia Infantry History

Identifier: Ms-2009-111

The collection contains a history of the 15th Virginia Infantry, covering its formation in April 1861 to the spring of 1862, written by enlisted soldier Claybrook Y. Lain. Includes copies of Confederate company records concerning Lain's enlistment, payment, death, and beneficiaries.

Dates: 1861 - 1864

James B. Allen Letter

Identifier: Ms-2018-012

Letter written by James B. Allen to Mother, Nancy Allen in Hanover County, Virginia. Allen's letter, dated August 30, 1863 was written from Orange Court House, Virginia (modern day Orange, Virginia). Allen, a private in Company, I, 15th Virginia Infantry, relates how revivals have been increasing in his regiment and the camp.

Dates: 1863