1st Mississippi Infantry (Johnson's) Company D, DeSoto Greys

Submitted by Tim Harrison



The DeSoto Grays were formed at Hernando, MS, on or about August 24, 1861.  They were mustered into Confederate service on September 19, 1861 for twelve months at Iuka, MS.  Their first captain was W. J. A. Boone.  The regiment re-enlisted on September 24, 1862 for two more years or the war.

The First Mississippi Infantry Regiment was completed in August 1861 and ordered into camp of instruction at Iuka. The First was one of the four regiments sent by Governor Pettus to Kentucky to reinforce Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston near Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The First Mississippi were then sent to Fort Donelson, Tennessee early in February 1862. During the battle the First had a total of 331 in battle; casualties 16 killed and 61 wounded. The regiment then became prisoners of war until exchanged. Some escaped and joined other commands.

The members of the First were exchanged by October 1862. By January 7, 1863 they were in the trenches at Port Hudson, Louisiana. The regiment was surrendered with the garrison July 8. This surrender, like the previous one at Fort Donelson, was unconditional, but according to an informal agreement, the non-commissioned officers and enlisted men were paroled. During the fighting the regiment had 45 killed at Port Hudson, including Capt. George M. Moseley, Adjutant G. F. Simonton, and Lieuts. M. L. Mobley, J. M. Greer and J. M. Rhyne, and 53 wounded.

On February 29, 1864, the commanding officer of the First Mississippi Infantry was ordered to report with his regiment as infantry for assignment to Featherston's Brigade. In the army returns of July 31, 1864, the regiment, Major Alcorn commanding, was listed with Featherston's Brigade in Georgia. They were involved in the flank movement to Spring Hill, then the assault upon the entrenched line at Franklin, Tennessee. From Franklin they marched to Nashville and took in that battle in early December 1864. The return of December 21 showed an aggregate present of 67. The First Mississippi was surrendered with the remainder of General Joe Johnston's army on April 26, 1865 near Durham Station, North Carolina and paroled at Greensboro.

Because the regiment was surrendered twice, at Ft. Donelson, TN on February 16, 1862 and Port Hudson, LA on July 9, 1863, the muster records are very sparse.  Muster rolls are existent for August 27, 1861 – August 27, 1862 (one card), January & February 1863, March & April 1864, July & August 1864, and August 31, 1864 – February 28, 1865 (one card).  These are supplemented by Union prisoner and parole records.  Nevertheless, the gaps in coverage are quite broad.  For a number of men listed as having served in Company D, there were no records at all, and details of their service (if any) is unknown.


Last Name First Name Company Rank_In Rank_Out Enlistment Out Notes
Adams William M. D Sergeant Sergeant 19 Sep 1861 c 9 Jul 1863 Captured at Port Hudson, LA on 9 Jul 63 and escaped. NFI. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN. Exchanged. Also listed as W.W.
Allen Eli D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 dis 15 Sep 1861 Discharged 15 Sep 61 at Iuka, MS.
Allison William D. D Corporal 1st Sgt 24 Aug 1861 w 14 Jun 1863 Wounded 14 Jun 63 at Port Hudson, LA. Captured at Port Hudson 9 Jul 63 and paroled on 12 Jul 63. Never returned to company. Took Oath of Allegiance 3 Mar 65 in Memphis, TN. Was on detached service at time of surrender at Ft. Donelson, TN.
Anderson Benjamin D. D Private Sergeant 24 Aug 1861 c 11 Oct 1863 Captured at Port Hudson, LA on 9 Jul 63 and paroled. Recaptured 11 Oct 63 in Hernando, MS. Released from Ft. Delaware, DE on 11 May 65. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged. Also listed as B.A.
Bailey Thomas W D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 c 9 Jul 1863 Captured at Port Hudson, LA on 9 Jul 63 and paroled. Absent w/o leave beginning 23 Aug 63 and joined 18 MS Cavalry. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged.
Bogan Thomas D. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 w 14 Jun 1863 Wounded 14 Jun 63 at Port Hudson, LA. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson and paroled. Never returned. Sick at Clarksville, TN at time of surrender at Ft. Donelson, TN. Also listed as T.B. Boggan.
Boggan John D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 d 15 Oct 1861 Died 15 Oct 61 at Hopkinsville, KY.
Bonner Ethel S. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 par 1 May 1865 Paroled 1 May 65 at Greensboro, NC. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged.
Boone William J. A. D Captain Captain 24 Aug 1861 res Nov 1862 Resigned Nov 62. Resigned 17 Jan 62. Re-elected capatin at reorganization on 24 Sep 62. Tendered resignation a second time due to health
Brown John W. D Private Corporal 24 Aug 1861 k 14 Jun 1863 Killed in action 14 Jun 63 at Port Hudson, LA. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged.
Carraway L.C. D Private Private     No record. Appears to have joined Co. D, 2nd MS Partisan Rangers (Ballentine's) on 24 Aug 62 in Grenada, MS.
Carson W.S. D Corporal Private 27 Aug 1861 w 15 Feb 1862 Wounded 15 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN, and escaped. Joined (2d) Co. G, Adams Cavalry.
Culberson James C. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 dis 25 Jan 1865 Discharged 25 Jan 65. Resigned at Jackson, MS on surgeon's certificate. Re-enlisted as a private 7 Sep 63. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelseon, TN, and exchanged. Elected 1st Lt 19 Sep 61. Also listed as Culbertson.
Davidson W. M. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 Unknown One card only showing enlistment date. NFI.
Dean Richard D Private Private Unknown c 16 Feb 1862 Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN. NFI.
Dismukes James C. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 c 22 Jun 1863 Captured 22 Jun 63 at Hernando, MS and sent to Ft. Delaware, DE. Died 22 Jul 64. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN, and exchanged. Discharged 6 Jan 63 at Port Hudson, LA.
Edmondson James D Private Private     No record.
Frasher C. D Private Private     No record.
Ganaway James M. D Private Act. Commissary 24 Aug 1861 dpd 6 Feb 1863 Dropped from rolls 6 Feb 63. Appointed acting commissary 19 Sep 61. Escaped from Ft. Donelson, TN 16 Feb 62. Also listed as G.N. and J.N.
Goodwin James F. D Private Private 24 Sep 1862 par 20 May 1865 Paroled 20 May 65 at Memphis, TN. Absent w/o leave from 1 Jan 65. Also listed as J.T. Goodman.
Hall L. H. D Lieutenant Surgeon 27 Aug 1861 par 12 May 65 Paroled 12 May 65 at Gainesville, AL. Appears to have joined the 9th MS Infantry as a surgeon in Jul/Aug 62. Became Brigade Surgeon of Logan's Cavalry, and then Chief Surgeon of Chalmers Cavalry Division. Captured at Ft. Donelson, TN on 16 Feb 62. Paroled 2 Jun 62. NFI.
Haywood A.C. D Private Private 19 Sep 1861 k 14 Jun 1863 Killed in action 14 Jun 63 at Port Hudson, LA. Absent sick in Clarksville, TN at time of surrender at Ft. Donelson, TN. Appears to have served briefly in Co. H, 7th MS Infantry.
Haywood Elijah P. D Private Private 19 Sep 1861 c 9 Jul 1863 Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Did not return to command. Captured at Ft. Donelson, TN on 16 Feb 62 and exchanged.
Ingram Joseph R. D Private Private 24 Dec 1861 c 9 Jul 1863 Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Deserted and took Oath of Amnesty 26 Mar 64 at Memphis, TN. Captured at Ft. Donelson, TN on 16 Feb 62 and exchanged. Also listed as Ingraham.
Ingram Joseph T. D Private Private 19 Sep 1861 s Jul/Aug 1864 Jul/Aug 64 left sick at Meridian, MS guarding baggage. Absent without Leave 25 Dec 64. NFI. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Captured at Ft. Donelson, TN on 16 Feb 62 and exchanged.Also listed as Ingraham.
Ives George D Private Private     No record.
Jackson Robert D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 Unknown Muster card only. NFI.
Johnson D.G. D Private Private     No record.
Johnson John W. D 1st Sgt 2nd Lt. 27 Aug 1861 c 9 Jul 1863 Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and sent to Johnson's Island, OH. Transferred 21 Mar 65 to Point Lookout, MD and then to Ft. Delaware, DE. Released from Ft. Delaware 12 Jun 65. Elected 2nd Lt 24 Sep 62. Captured at Ft. Donelson, TN on 16 Feb 62 at exchanged.
Johnson Moses D Private Private 19 Sep 1861 c 6 Oct 1863 Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Recaptured 6 Oct 63 near Vicksburg, MS. Sent to Alton Military Prison and died 4 Mar 64 of small pox. Wounded 15 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and sent to Clarksville, TN.
Johnston Thomas H. D Private Colonel 24 Aug 1861 c 9 Jul 1863 Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and sent to Johnson's Island, OH. Paroled at Charleston Harbor, SC 15 Dec 64 and at Memphis, TN 25 May 65. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged. Elected major 9 Sep 61 and re-elected 24 Sep 62. Promoted colonel 4 Nov 63. Also listed as Johnson.
Johnston Thomas W. D Ord. Sgt. Ord. Sgt. 27 Jan 1863 c Oct 1863 Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Recaptured Oct 63 at Hernando, MS. Took Oath of Allegiance 9 Dec 64 at Ft. Delaware, DE. May have served afterward as a corporal in Co. F, 1st MS and captured 2 Apr 65 at Selma, AL. Promoted to Ordnance Sergeant 28 Jan 63. Also listed as Johnson.
Jones L.L. D 3rd Lt. Captain 27 Aug 1861 1865 Shown present through Feb 65. NFI. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and exchanged. Captured at Ft. Donelson, TN on 16 Feb 62 and exchanged. Promoted 2nd Lt 19 Sep 61. Promoted 1st Lt 24 Sep 62. Promoted captain after Aug 64.
Kersey R.D. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 Unknown Muster card only. NFI.
Lancaster Augustus D Private Private     No record.
Lancaster G. D Private Private     No record.
Marrow J.M. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 c 16 Feb 1862 Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN. Died of pneumonia 20 Mar 62 in Camp Morton, IN. Also listed as Isaac, J.N. and L.M.
Martin John D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 k 15 Feb 1862 Killed in action 15 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN.
Matthews A.M. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 Unknown Sick at Clarksville, TN at time of surrender at Ft. Donelson, TN. NFI.
McCall T.W. D Private Private 1 Mar 1864 Unknown Muster card for Jul/Aug 64 only. NFI.
McClelland Samuel D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 c 16 Feb 1862 Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN. Died of typhoid fever 9 Apr 62 at Camp Morton, IN. Also listed as S., S.B., E.C. and E.S. McCleland and McLelland.
McCuller A.M. D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 c 16 Feb 1862 Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN. Died 16 Mar 62 at Camp Morton, IN. Also listed as A.W. and McCullough and McCullous.
McGaha William M. D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 dis 28 Mar 1862 Discharged 28 Mar 62. Sick at Clarksville, TN at time of surrender at Ft. Donelson, TN. Also listed as William L. McGahey, McGaughey, and McGhey.
Miller C.L. D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 d 1862 Died at home on sick furlough since surrender of 16 Feb 62.
Morris Thomas H. D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 c 16 Feb 1862 Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN. Died 19 Aug 62 at Camp Morton, IN.
Oliver Elbert D Sergeant QM Sgt. 27 Aug 1861 trans 1 Apr 1864 Transferred 1Apr 64 to Co. C, 18th MS Cavalry. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Appointed QM Sergeant 8 Oct 62. Was sick in Clarksville, TN at time of surrender at Ft. Donelson, TN.
Orr S. M. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 Unknown Muster card only. NFI.
Permenter Theophilus D Private Private     No record. Served in Co. D, 41st MS Infantry.
Pounders J. F. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 Unknown Muster card only. NFI.
Pringle William D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 c 16 Feb 1862 Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN. Sent to Camp Morton, IN. NFI.
Rackey S.G. D Private Private     No record.
Rathers Robert D Private Private     No record. Appears to have served in Co. D, 5th MS Infantry.
Reiger George H. D 1st Sgt 1st Sgt 1 Jan 1862 par 1 May 1865 Paroled 1 May 65 at Greensboro, NC. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Also listed as G.C. and Riger.
Reiger John A. D Private Private 19 Oct 1861 d 15 Nov 1861 Died 15 Nov 61 of pneumonia at Hopkinsville, KY.
Reiger T.K. D Private Private 15 Nov 1861 k 14 Jun 1863 Killed in action 14 Jun 63 at Port Hudson, LA. Escaped from Ft. Donelson, TN at surrender of 16 Feb 62. Also listed as Riger and T.R. Riggers.
Richey Thomas S. D Corporal Corporal 27 Aug 1861 Unknown Present on muster roll of Jan/Feb 63. NFI. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged. Joined Co. G, 18th MS Cavalry on 1 Feb 64. Also listed as Richy and Ritchie.
Richey W. Frank D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 c 16 Feb 1862 Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN. NFI. Joined Co. G, 18th MS Cavalry on 1 Feb 64.
Ricks Ransom D Private Private     No record.
Roberson J.M. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 k 21 Jun 1863 Killed in action 21 Jun 63 at Port Hudson, LA. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged. Also listed as Robertson and Robinson.
Rogers J.W. D Private Private     No record.
Rutland Robert Fletcher D Sergeant Sergeant 27 Aug 1861 c 5 Feb 1864 Captured 5 Feb 64 near Hernando, MS while gathering up absentees. Released 7 Jun 65 from Ft. Delaware, DE. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Sick at Clarksville, TN at time of surrender at Ft. Donelson, TN. NFI.
Sanders Lovel D Private Private     No record.
Sanders Marshall R. D Private Private 13 Oct 1861 trans 5 Nov 1863 Transferred 5 Nov 63 to Co. B, 12th MS Cavalry on special duty for the Conscript Bureau due to wound received at Port Hudson. Wounded in the left kidney 5 Jun 63 at Port Hudson, LA. Permanently disabled. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson and paroled. Sick at Clarksville, TN at time of surrender at Ft. Donelson, TN. Discharged 27 Mar 62. Served in Co. G, Adams' Cavalry. Reenlisted 24 Sep 62.
Sanders Thomas B. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 awol 20 Nov 1864 Absent without leave 20 Nov 64. Was present through Aug 64. NFI. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Discharged Nov 61. Rejoined 18 Mar 63 by transfer from Co. G, Adams' Cavalry.
Sanders William T. D Sergeant Sergeant 27 Aug 1861 c 16 Feb 1862 Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN. Died of typhoid fever 26 Jun 62 at Camp Morton, IN. Also listed as Saunders.
Scott John A. D Private Corporal 27 Aug 1861 s Jul/Aug 1864 Left sick at Meridian, MS Jul/Aug 64. Paroled 25 May 65 at Memphis, TN. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled.
Scott John T. D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 awol 5 Jan 1865 Absent without leave 5 Jan 65. Listed as "deserter from Rebel army" 28 Jan 65 at Memphis, TN. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Rejoined company.
Shearrer Anderson F. D Private Sergeant 24 Aug 1861 par 9 May 1865 Paroled 9 May 65 at Meridian, MS. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Rejoined company. Also listed as Shearer and Sherrer.
Sherrod Turner J. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 trans 26 Feb 1862 Transferred 26 Feb 62 to Co. B, Adams' Cavalry and then to Co. G, Adams' Cavalry. Absent on detached service at time of surrender at Ft. Donelson, TN.Also listed as Sheard.
Smith W.D. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 dis 19 Jun 1862 Discharged 19 Jun 62 due to disability.
Stedman William D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 Unknown Muster card only. NFI.
Stephens J.M. D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 d 6 Jan 1862 Died 6 Jan 62. Also listed as Stevens.
Stewart James D Private Private 19 Sep 1861 dis Oct 1861 Discharged Oct 61.
Stewart W.J. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 Unknown Muster card only. NFI. May have served in Co. G, Adams' Cavalry.
Sturgis W.W. D Private Private     No record.
Swan G.B. D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 d 1862 "Left sick at Clarksville and since died at home." NFI.
Tate Thomas G. D 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt. 24 Aug 1861 16 Feb 1862 Escaped from Ft. Donelson, TN 16 Feb 62. Joined Co. A, 7th TN Cavalry on 18 Oct 62.
Taylor J.D. D Private Private 19 Sep 1861 Unknown Sick at Clarksville, TN at time of surrender at Ft. Donelson, TN. NFI.
Teems William J. A. D Private Private Unknown c 16 Feb 1862 Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN. Died of typhoid fever 8 Apr 62 at Camp Morton, IN. Also listed as J.W. Teames.
Terry J.M. D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 trans bef Jul 1863 Transferred to Co. D, 10th AR Infantry before 9 Jul 63, when captured and paroled at Port Hudson, LA as part of new command.. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged. Also listed as Teary.
Vincent T.J. D Private Private 19 Sep 1861 d Dec 1861 Died Dec 61 at Hopkinsville, KY.
Walton John W. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 awol 8 Jan 1865 Absent without leave beginning 8 Jan 65. Paroled 20 May 65 at Memphis, TN. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled. Rejoined company.
Wellons W.A. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 Unknown Muster card only. NFI.
Whalan James W. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 d 16 Dec 1861 Died of typhoid pneumonia 16 Dec 61 at Hopkinsville, KY. Also listed as J.M. Whalen and J.W. Whalon.
White D.B. D Sergeant 2nd Lt. 27 Aug 1861 as Sep 64/Feb 65 Absent sick on muster roll of 31 Aug 64 - 28 Feb 65. NFI. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged. Elected 2nd Lt 24 Sep 62.
White D.C. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 dis 16 Oct 1861 Discharged 16 Oct 61 at Hopkinsville, KY. Later served in Co. I, 29th MS Infantry.
White John V. D Private Corporal 27 Aug 1861 par 1 May 1865 Paroled 1 May 65 at Greensboro, NC. Captured 16 Feb 62 at Ft. Donelson, TN and exchanged. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled.
White Thomas B. D Corporal Private 27 Aug 1861 awol 22 Nov 1864 Absent without leave beginning 22 Nov 64. NFI. Captured 9 Jul 63 at Port Hudson, LA and paroled.
Wille C.H. D Private Private     No record. May be Christian Wille who served in Co. D, 22nd MS Infantry.
Williams Elmore D Private Private 24 Aug 1861 d 2 Nov 1861 Died of pneumonia 2 Nov 61 at Hopkinsville, KY.
Williams W.L. D Private Private 27 Aug 1861 Unknown Muster card only. NFI.
Winn John G. D Private Private     No record.

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