Confederate Regiments & Batteries > Virginia

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.

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
Battle of 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
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. Captain Alexander Vandeventer was elected lieutenant colonel.
May 17-18 Mercer and Princeton
August 28 Lewisburg
Kanawha Campaign
September 10 Fayetteville
September 25 Capture of Charleston, (West) Virginia
February Assigned to Jones’s Brigade, Jackson’s Division, Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
March 17 Lieutenant Colonel Vandeventer was elected colonel at the age of 22, “said to be the youngest colonel in the army.”
May 1-4
Battle of Chancellorsville

Colonel Vandeventer took command of the brigade after Brigadier General Jones left the battle sick and Colonel Garnett of the 48th Virginia was mortally wounded. Major Lynville J. Perkins then took command of the regiment.

July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Logan H.N. Salyer. It 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
Mine Run Campaign
November 27
Payne’s Farm
May 5-6
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Colonel Vandeventer was captured. Although exchanged in August he would not return to the regiment. He was reported AWOL and eventually dropped from the rolls.

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
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.