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.
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.
|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|
|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|
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|
|September 25||Capture of Charleston, (West) Virginia|
|February||Assigned to Jones’s Brigade, Jackson’s Division, Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia|
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.
Battle of Hagerstown
|November-December||Mine Run Campaign|
|November 27||Payne’s Farm|
|May 14||The regiment was consolidated with the 25th, 42nd, 44th and 50th Virginia Infantry due to casualties.|
Battle of North Anna
|May 30||Tototpotomoy Creek|
|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|
Battle of Lynchburg
|July 7-8||Frederick, Maryland|
|September 26||Brown’s Gap|
|October||Assigned to Wharton’s Brigade, Wharton’s Division, Army of the Valley|
Battle of Waynesborough
The 50th Virginia Infantry Regiment was dispersed or captured when the remnants of Early’s Army of the Valley were overrun.