|May -June 5||The 24th Virginia Infantry Regiment organized at Lynchburg, Virginia with men from Floyd, Franklin, Carroll, Giles, Pulaski, Mercer, and Henry Counties under the command of Colonel Jubal A. Early, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Hairston and Major James Hammet.|
|May 3-June 1||Companies A-E under Lieutenant Colonel Hairston moved by rail to Manassas. Colonel Early remained in Lynchburg in command of Camp Davis.|
|June 7-8||Companies F-K moved by rail to Manassas.|
|June 9||Moved to Davis Ford on Cedar Run|
|June 10-11||Moved to Occoquan, then to Camp Tick Grove on Cedar Run.|
|June 20||Colonel Early moved to Manassas and took command of the Sixth Brigade of the Army of the Potomac. Lt. Colonel Hairston continued to command the regiment.|
|June 21-22||Reconnaissance to Occoquan and Freestone Point on the Potomac River.|
|July 1||The 24th Virginia was assigned to the Confederate States Army.|
|July 17||Six companies were moved to Union Mills Ford on Bull Run.|
|July 23||Moved to Cedar Run.|
|August||Major Hammet, who was a medical doctor, resigned to become an army surgeon.|
|September 6||Richard L. Maurey was promoted to major.|
|September||Colonel Early was promoted to brigadier general. William R. Terry was appointed colonel.|
|October||Assigned to Early’s Brigade, Van Dorn’s Division, First Corps, Army of the Potomac|
|March 26||Major General Daniel H. Hill took command of the First Division.|
|April||The regiment reported 740 men in the ranks.|
|May 4||Camped two miles west of Williamsburg.|
Battle of Williamsburg
Ordered to Williamsburg and marched to the Campus of the College of William and Mary in a light rain. Around 3 p.m. moved to the left flank of Longstreet’s line through dense undergrowth. Moved into the open and attacked Hancock’s Union brigade. The attack came within 20 yards of the Federal line before it was forced to withdraw due to heavy casualties. The regiment suffered 189 casualties. Colonel Terry, Lieutenant Colonel Hairston and Captains Bentley and Nelson were wounded.
|May 10||Reorganized near Long Bridge in Charles County, Virginia.|
|May 31-June 1||
Battle of Seven Pines
The regiment suffered 107 casualties. Major Maury was wounded.
|June||Transferred to Kemper’s Brigade of Longstreet’s Division|
The regiment lost 4 men killed, 61 wounded and 14 missing.
|August||The brigade was under the temporary command of Colonel Montgomery Corse while Brigadier General Kemper took command of a temporary division.|
The regiment took part in Longstreet’s attack on the Union flank at Chinn Ridge. Lieutenant Colonel Hairston was wounded.
|September||Brigadier General Kemper resumed command of the brigade, which became part of the division of Brigadier General David R. Jones in Longstreet’s Command|
The regiment was commanded by Colonel William R. Terry
From the War Department marker for Kemper’s Brigade on the Antietam Battlefield:
Kemper’s Brigade reached Sharpsburg about noon September 15th and took position on Cemetery Hill. In the afternoon the Brigade moved to the ravine about 520 yards northwest of this. At noon of the 17th, the 7th and 24th Regiments were sent down the Harpers Ferry Road about 520 and 850 yards respectively, to guard the right flank. Upon the approach of the 9th Corps, about 3 P.M. the 1st, 11th and 17th Regiments advanced to the high ground in their front and met the charge of Fairchild’s Brigade; they were driven from their position and retreated through the town. They reformed with Garnett’s and Drayton’s Brigades in the Harpers Ferry Road just south of the town and, co-operated with Toombs’ Brigade, and A.P. Hill’s Division, checked the further advance of the enemy and reoccupied the ground from which they had been driven, where, joined by the 7th and 24th, they remained until the morning of the 19th, when the Brigade recrossed the Potomac.
|November||Assigned to Kemper’s Brigade, Pickett’s Division, First Army Corps|
The regiment lost 8 men wounded.
|April 9||Lieutenant Colonel Hairston resigned. Major Richard L. Maury was promoted to lieutenant colonel.|
|Summer||Captain Joseph Hambrick of Company B was promoted to major.|
The regiment was commanded by Colonel William R. Terry, and brought 395 men to the field. It took part in Pickett’s charge on the right flank of the attacking column, taking heavy casualties from the flanking fire of the Vermont Brigade. The regiment lost 47 men killed, 83 wounded, and 33 missing or captured.
The regiment lost many officers. Colonel Terry and Major Joseph Hambrick were wounded, and Captain William Bentley took command of the regiment.
Casualties were heavy among the officers. Lieutenant George H. Walker was killed and Lieutenant Giles Cooper was mortally wounded.Captains Brainard Hines and Hercules Scott and Lieutenants William Bane, Peter Booth, Birdine Gunn, Ellis Hale, John Headen, and William Talliaferro were wounded. Lieutenants Daniel Hatcher, James P. Snidow and Theodore S. Webb were wounded and captured, and Lieutenant George Smith was captured.
Captain John A. Bernard is listed as having gone AWOL on July 4.
From the monument to Kemper’s Brigade on the Gettysburg battlefield:
July 2. Arrived about sunset and bivouacked on the western border of Spangler’s Woods.
July 3. In the forenoon formed line in the field east of the woods with right flank near Spangler’s Barn. At the close of the cannonade advanced and took part in Longstreet’s assault upon the Union position in the vicinity of the Angle. Exposed to a severe fire of artillery and vigorously assailed beyond the Emmitsburg Road by infantry on the right flank with ranks thinned and much disorganized by its losses especially of officers it pressed on against the Union line at the stone wall where after a fierce encounter the struggle ended. Gen. J. L. Kemper fell wounded in front of the stone wall.
July 4. Spent the day in reorganization and during the night began the march to Hagerstown.
|July||Escorted prisoners back to Virginia.|
|September||Detached from the Army of Northern Virginia and assigned to the Department of Richmond|
|May||Assigned to Kemper’s Brigade, Pickett’s Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia|
Battle of Drewry’s Bluff
Lieutenant Colonel Richard L. Maury was wounded and Major Hambrick was mortally wounded in the chin and legs.
|May 29||Major Hambrick died of his wounds from Drewry’s Bluff and Captain William W. Bentley of Company E was promoted to major.|
Battle of the North Anna
|May 31||Colonel Terry was promoted to brigadier general.|
Dinwiddie Court House
Battle of Sayler’s Creek
Most of the regiment was captured.
The 24th Virginia Infantry Regiment regiment surrendered 22 enlisted men.