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The 50th Virginia Infantry Regiment was organized in west Virginia in July of 1861 and was destroyed at the Battle of Waynesboro in March of 1865.

1861
July 3

Ten infantry companies were organized for one year under the command of Colonel Alexander W. Reynolds (West Point Class of 1838). Three cavalry companies were temporarily attached. 

Alexander Reynolds

Colonel Alexander Reynolds

August Assigned to the Army of the Kanawha
September 10 Gauley River (Carnifax Ferry)
September  One of the temporarily attached cavalry companies was disabled and the other two were transferred to the 8th Virginia Cavalry Regiment.
December 13 Buffalo Mountain
1862
January Assigned to Floyd’s Division, Central Army of Kentucky
February Assigned to Wharton’s Brigade, Floyd’s Division, Central Army of Kentucky
February Assigned to Wharton’s Brigade, Floyd’s Division, Fort Donelson
February 12-16
Fort Donelson

The regiment was surrendered with the garrison of the fort. Ten men were killed and 40 were wounded.

February After the regiment was exchanged it was assigned to Wharton’s Brigade, Army of the Kanawha
February 18 Lewisburg and Clarksville
May The regiment was reorganized with nine companies. Assigned to Wharton’s Brigade, Army of the Kanawha, Department of Southwestern Virginia
May 17-18 Mercer and Princeton
August 28 Lewisburg
September Kanawha Campaign
September 10 Fayetteville
September 25 Capture of Charleston, (West) Virginia
1863
February Assigned to Jones’s Brigade, Jackson’s Division, Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
   
May 1-4
Battle of Chancellorsville
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment brought 240 men to the battle and lost almost 100 casualties. 

From the monument to Jones’s Brigade at Gettysburg:

July 1. Arrived near nightfall and took position east of Rock Creek and north of Hanover road with pickets advanced to the front.

July 2. About 4 P. M. moved forward to support artillery on Benner’s Hill. Crossed Rock Creek at 6 P. M. and assailed the Union position on the summit of Culp’s Hill charging up to the Union breastworks and continuing the struggle until dark.

July 3. In line near here all day sometimes skirmishing heavily. About midnight moved with the Division and Corps to Seminary Ridge northwest of the town.

July 4. Occupied Seminary Ridge. About 10 P. M. began the march to Hagerstown.

July 8
Battle of Hagerstown
November-December Mine Run Campaign
November 27 Payne’s Farm
1864
May 5-6
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
May 14  The regiment was consolidated with the 25th, 42nd, 44th and 50th Virginia Infantry due to casualties.
May 22-26
Battle of North Anna
May 30 Tototpotomoy Creek
June 1-3
Battle of Cold Harbor
June The regiment was sent with the rest of the 2nd Corps to the Shenandoah Valley. Assigned to Terry’s Virginia Brigade, Gordon’s Division, Army of the Valley District
June 18
Battle of Lynchburg
July 7-8 Frederick, Maryland
July 9
Battle of Monocacy
July 11
Fort Stevens
July 13 Rockville
July 24
Second Battle of Kernstown
September 19
Third Battle of Winchester
September 22
Battle of Fisher’s Hill
September 23 Harrisonburg
September 26 Brown’s Gap
October 19
Battle of Cedar Creek
October Assigned to Wharton’s Brigade, Wharton’s Division, Army of the Valley
1865
March 2

Battle of Waynesborough

The 50th Virginia Infantry Regiment was dispersed or captured when the remnants of Early’s Army of the Valley were overrun.