Confederate Regiments & Batteries > Mississippi

April-May The 12th Mississippi Infantry Regiment was organized at Corinth under the command of Colonel Richard Griffith, Lieutenant Colonel William H. Taylor and Major John R. Dickens.

Company A – “Charlie Clark Rifles” – Jefferson and Copiah Counties
Company B – “Natchez Fencibles” – Adams County
Company C – “Raymond Fencibles” – Hinds County
Company D – “Pettus Rifles” – Copiah County
Company E – “Sardis Blues – Panola County
Company F – “Durant Rifles” – Holmes County
Company G – “Vicksburg Sharpshooters” – Warren County – Captain E.M. Blackburn
Company H – “Claiborne Guards” – Claiborne County
Company I – “Satartia Rifles – Yazoo County
Company K – “Lawrence Rifles” – Lawrence County

Sent to Union City, Tennessee
July 16 Started for Lynchburg, Virginia
July Arrived at Manassas too late for the battle and was assigned to Rodes’ Brigade.
August Quartered near Centerville.
November 2 Colonel Griffith was promoted to brigadier general and given command of a brigade of Mississippi regiments that did not include the 12th. Lieutenant Colonel Taylor was promoted to colonel.
Spring The regiment moved with Rodes’ Brigade to the Virginia Peninsula as part of General D.H. Hill’s Division. It listed “1,013 men, rank and file” on its muster roll, one of the largest regiments in the army.
April In the army reorganization Lieutenant Colonel William H. Taylor was elected colonel. Captain E.M. Blackburn of Company G resigned and Lieutenant Thomas A. Wilson was elected captain as his replacement.
May 1 Major Dickens transferred into the Army of Mississippi. Private William H. Lilly of Company G was elected major
May 5
Battle of Williamsburg
May 31-
June 1
Battle of Seven Pines

Supported by the 5th Alabama, charged under heavy fire through abatis and captured Federal rifle pits. General Rodes mentioned the gallantry of Colonel Taylor, Captain Hastings, and Sergeant Robert Hall. The regiment lost 41 killed and 152 wounded. Captain James Bell was wounded.

June 9 The regiment was transferred to the newly created Second Mississippi Brigade commanded by Brigadier General Winfield S. Featherston. It was brigaded with the 19th Mississippi and Taylor’s 2nd Mississipi Battalion in Longstreet’s Division.
June 27
Gaines’ Mill or Cold Harbor

Commanded by Major W.H. Lilly, the regiment charged up a hill and through a forest to capture a Federal battery. Major Lilly was wounded, and Captain Thomas took over the regiment.

June 30
Glendale, or Frasier’s Farm

The regiment lost 34 men killed, 186 wounded and 5 missing in the fighting from the 27th to the 30th. Captains J. Dobbins and J.E. Vawter and Lieutenants T.W. Crump and W.B. Thomas were killed.

August 20

Second Manassas Campaign

Longstreet as senior major general was given the command of several divisions in the army, so his own division was split up between its two senior brigadiers. The 12th Mississippi along with the rest of Featherston’s Brigade were assigned to Wilcox’s Division.

August 21
Kelly’s Ford

The regiment threw back a Federal cavalry charge at this ford across the Rappahannock. General Wilcox commended the regiment for its gallantry, along with the 16th Mississippi.

August 30
Second Battle of Manassas

The regiment fought near the stone house.


Maryland Campaign

The three brigades of Wilcox’s temporary division were assigned to Anderson’s Division.The division was part of Longstreet’s Command but was temporarily assigned to Jackson’s Command for the attack on Harper’s Ferry. It returned to Longstreet’s control when it reached Sharpsburg on the morning of the battle.

September 12-15
Capture of Harpers Ferry
September 17
Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)

The 12th Mississippi Infantry Regiment was commanded by Colonel William H. Taylor. It crossed the Potomac at daybreak and reached the field in mid-morning. Took position on the Piper farm south of the Sunken Road and supported D.H. Hill’s Division until forced to fall back to the protection of the stone walls along the Hagerstown Pike. The regiment lost 6 killed and 53 wounded.

November After the Confederate Congress authorized the creation of army corps Longstreet’s Command became the First Corps. The 12th Mississippi and Featherston’s Brigade were assigned to Anderson’s Division in the 1st Corps.
December 13
Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment spent three days and nights in the line of battle under artilery fire, losing eight men wounded

January Carnot Posey was promotd to brigadier general and took over the brigade from Featherston. The brigade remained with Anderson’s Division in the 1st Corps.
February Posted to United States Ford on the Rappahannick River
February 19 Major William H. Lilly was killed in a railroad accident
April After Union troops began to cross the Rappahannock the regiment was withdrawn to the junction of the old Mine and Plank Roads near Chancellorsville, where they put up breastworks
May 1-3
Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment took part in Jackson’s flank march and attack. The regiment served as skirmishers for the brigade in the attack. Lieutenant Colonel Merry B. Harris commanded the regiment and was badly wounded. Major Samuel B. Thomas then took over command. On May 2nd the regiment attacked near Catharine Furnace, and on May 3 it attacked and drove Union forces from their works around Chancellorsville. The loss for the regiment in the Chancellorsville fighting was 3 men killed, 38 wounded, and 23 missing.

May 4 Marched to Fredericksburg to attack Sedgwick’s forces there.
June The regiment with Posey’s Brigade and Anderson’s Division was transferred to the newly created Third Corps.
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The 12th Mississippi Infantry Regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel William H. Taylor, bringing 305 men to the field. It was in reserve throughout the battle and lost only lost 1 man killed and 6 wounded.

From the brigade monument on the Gettysburg battlefield:

July 2. Arrived and took position here in the morning. Through some misunderstanding of orders instead of the Brigade advancing in compact ranks in support of the troops on its right in their assault on the Union lines the regiments were ordered forward at different times. Deployed as skirmishers and fighting in detachments they pushed back the Union outposts and drove some artillerists for awhile from their guns but did not join in the attack upon the Union position on Cemetery Ridge.

July 3. Was held in reserve here supporting artillery in its front.

August-September Near Orange Court House
October 14
Battle of Bristoe Station

General Posey was mortally wounded, and Colonel Harris of the 19th Mississippi took over the brigade.


Mine Run campaign

March 19 Captain James R. Bell of Company I was promoted to Major.
May 5-6
Battle of the Wilderness

The regiment advanced from the Plank Road to protect the division’s flank, then defended their position

May 8 Forced march to Spotsylvania Court House
May 9
Po River bridge

The regiment lost 13 men killed, 32 wounded and 13 missing in the fighting since the beginning of the month.

May 13
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

The regiment counterattacked at the Bloody Angle to regain the Confederate line inside the Muleshoe and held it all day until a relief line could be constructed in the rear. Lieutenant Bow was killed.

May 24
Battle of the North Anna
June 3
Battle of Cold Harbor

Captain Hannegan was mortally wounded by an artillery shell

June 18 Moved into Petersburg defences
June 22
Battle of Petersburg
June 24 – 25
Weldon Railroad

Colonel Merry B. Harris was shot in the head by a sharpshooter. He was permanently diabled and would die from complications of his wounds in August of 1865. Lieutenant Colonel Samuel B. Thomas took over command of the regiment and would be promoted to colonel.

June The regiment lost 10 men killed, 20 wounded and 8 missing during the month of June.
Jluy 30
Battle of the Crater
August 18
Battle of Darbytown Road (Deep Bottom)
August 21
Battle of Reams’ Station (Weldon Railroad)

The regiment took and occupied Federal earthworks but were counterattacked and overwhelmed by the Federal Iron Brigade, losing many captured. Colonel Samuel Thomas, Major Bell, Adjutant Howard McCaleb and Captain Joseph Johnson were wounded and captured.

Captain Sampson Bolters took command of the regiment as senior surviving officer. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas B. Manlove of the 48th Mississippi Infantry then took remporary command.

August The regiment lost 4 men killed, 26 wounded and 63 missing or captured in August.
February 6
Battle of Hatcher’s Run
April 2
Fort Gregg

The survivors of the regiment were under the command of Lt. Colonel James H. Duncan of the 19th Mississippi. They were ordered to leave the Swift Run line and double timed to Petersburg to fill a gap in General Wilcox’s line, then placed in Battery Gregg to slow the Federal breakthrough. After a desperate defense that caused high Federal casualties the battery was taken and its entire garrison killed or captured.

April 9
Appomattox Court House

Only one Assistant-Surgeon and 53 enlsted men remained of the 12th Mississippi Infantry Regiment to surrender under Sergeant William Brown of Company K.