12th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

12th Infantry Regiment was assembled at Corinth, Mississippi, in May, 1861. The men were from the counties of Hinds, Adams, Lawrence, Copiah, Warren, Panola, Claiborne, Yazoo, Jefferson,  Holmes, and Calhoun. Ordered to Virginia, it was assigned to General Rodes’, Featherston’s, Posey’s, and Harris’ Brigade. The regiment participated in the various campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from Williamsburg to Cold Harbor, endured the hardships of the long Petersburg siege south of the James River,  and saw action around Appomattox. It was mustered into Confederate  service with 1,013 men and lost 41 killed and 152 wounded at Seven Pines. The unit sustained 225 casualties at Gaines’ Mill and Grayser’s Farm, 59 in the Maryland Campaign, and 64 at Chancellorsville. It took 305 effectives to Gettysburg and surrendered with 1 Assistant-Surgeon and 53 enlisted men.  The field officers were Colonels Richard Griffith, Merry B. Harris,  Henry Hughes, and William H. Taylor; Lieutenant Colonel Samuel B. Thomas; and Majors James R. Bell, John R. Dickins, and W.H. Lilly.

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