51st Virginia Infantry Regiment
|51st Virginia Infantry Regiment was formed in August 1861 with eleven companies. Its members were recruited in the counties of Wythe, Nelson, Bland, Floyd, and Grayson. The regiment was reorganized on May 26, 1862. It started in General Floyd's Third Regiment, then G.C. Wharton's Brigade. The 51st served in the Army of the Kanawha in western Virginia, saw action at Carnifex Ferry, moved to Tennessee, and after fighting at Fort Donelson marched to Nashville with 274 men. July 23, 1863 Woodstock, then north to Winchester, then returned to Tennessee, involved in the Knoxville Campaign, on to fight in numerous conflicts in the Shenandoah Valley and around April 15, 1865, disbanded. Members later found "Virginia Settlement" in Nebraska.
The field officers were Col. Augustus Forsberg & Gabriel C. Wharton; Lieutenant Col. George A. Cunningham, James Wood Massie, and John P. Wolfe; and Majors William T. Akers, Stephen M. Dickey, D.P. Graham, D.S. Hounshell, and William A. Yonce. 2,497 Soldiers
Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865 [Volume I]
THIRTY-FOURTH DAY--WEDNESDAY, August 28, 1861.
The Chair presented to Congress a communication from the President, transmitting the following nominations for appointments in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, viz:
• FIFTY-FIRST VIRGINIA REGIMENT, PROVISIONAL ARMY.
o Colonel. Gabriel C. Wharton, Virginia.
o Lieutenant-colonel. James W. Massie, Virginia.
o Major. David S. Hounshell, Virginia.
|Co. A, formerly called Co. I; July 16, 1861 reorganized May 20, 1862. Captain John P. Wolfe
Co. B, Wharton Grays; formerly called Co. H; July 31, 1861, Captain David Pierce Graham, Martin Ayers, Regimental Teamster
Co. C, Wythe Rifles; Wythe County; formerly Co. E; July 20, 1861, reorganized May 3, 1862. Capt William H. Cook,
Co. D, formerly called Co. C; June 14, 1861, reorganized May 5, 1862. Captain David Lee Ross
Co. E, Nelson Volunteers; Nelson County; formerly Co. B; July 1, 1861, reorganized May 7, 1862. CaptJohn Turner Dillard
Co. F, Bland Tigers; Bland County; formerly Co. K; June 26, 1861, reorganized May 20, 1862. Capt Samuel H. Newberry
Co. G, Floyd Game Cocks (Bucks); Floyd County; enlisted June 29, 1861, reorganized July 1, 1861. Capt James William Henry
Co. H, formerly called Company F; enlisted July 2, 1861, reorganized May 23, 1862. Captain Granville R. Conner
Co. I, formerly known as Co. D; enlisted June 28, 1861, reorganized May 23, 1862. Captain Ezekiel Young,
Co. K, formerly called Co. A; enlisted June 24, 1861, reorganized May 6, 1862 Captain Stephen Mills Dickey
Hugh Boyer Calvin Long F W Pool Virginia Settlement, Nebraska
Co. L, Lt. Col. James Woods Massie, August 22, 1861, and was assigned to the 23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry in January 1862.
Attached Co L; Fayette Rangers; Capt Phil Thurmond & Halstead Scouts Aka "Finny's Battalion" Wallace: Virginia Organizations
|Letters of Thomas Winton Fisher
Company K, 51st Regiment