44th Mississippi Infantry

Co. D, DeSoto Beauregards




The troops in Company D were formed primarily of men from DeSoto County in 1861. The 44th Mississippi was initially known as Blythe's Battalion under the command of Lt. Col. A. K. Blythe (not to be confused with Blythe's Battalion, Cavalry, under the command of G. L. Blythe).

On September 7, 1861, the battalion of Lieut.-Col. Blythe was assigned to the brigade of Gen. B.F. Cheatham, near New Madrid, Missouri. The regiment was part of the force that attacked Grant at Belmont, Missouri.

In April 1861 the regiment was in General Bushrod Johnson's Brigade and took part in the fighting at Shiloh on April 6 & 7, 1862. The command was then known as Blythe's Mississippi Regiment under Col. A. K. Blythe. In describing the action of the brigade on April 6th, General Cheatham said: "Blythe's Mississippi advanced to the left and attacked the enemy, and, wheeling to the right, drove one of the enemy's batteries, with its support, from its position; but as it advanced upon the enemy Colonel Blythe was shot dead from his horse while gallantly leading his regiment forward in the charge. Within a few minutes of his fall Lieutenant Colonel David L. Herron and Capt. R. H. Humphreys, of the same regiment, both officers of merit, were mortally wounded and the command devolved on Major James Moore, under whose direction the regiment was actively engaged during the remainder of the day and throughout the subsequent action of the 7th. The regiment at all times eminently manifested the high spirit which has always characterized the soldiers of Mississippi and no braver soldier than its heroic leader was lost to our cause."

At Corinth, Mississippi April 26, 1862, the regiment was transferred to Trapier's Brigade of Withers' Division, Braggs' Corps. In the reorganization under General Bragg, the regiment was assigned to Chalmers' Brigade, with which it participated in the Kentucky campaign. At the battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (December 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863) Chalmers' Brigade was stationed at the right of Polk's Corps, the right of the brigade resting on Stone's River. They were part of the attack at dawn, December 31, but Chalmers' Brigade was not ordered into action until 11 o'clock. The Mississippians charged with gallantry, but the storm of lead and iron that met them at the burnt house struck down General Chalmers and shattered the line of grey. The regiments became separated, but soon rallied, reformed and fought gallantly through the remainder of the battle, which raged about the Round Forest for three days. The casualties of the regiment were 4 killed, 31 wounded, 17 missing.

The forty-fourth fell back to Shelbyville and Tullahoma in January 1863. By Order of War Department, June 6, 1863, "the Mississippi Regiment commanded by the late Col. A. K. Blythe, shall be styled the Forty-fourth Mississippi Regiment." In July, 1863, they crossed the Tennessee River, marched over Lookout Mountain and went in camp near Chattanooga. They took part in the Battle of Chicamauga in September 1863. On November 25, 1863, they participated in the battle of Missionary Ridge (Chattanooga, Tennessee) and joined in the retreat to Dalton, Georgia where they went into winter quarters.

Beginning in May 1864 they took part in the Atlanta Campaign. They were in the repulse of Sherman at Rocky Face Ridge, May 8, 1864. The regiment served under General Hood in the constant fighting along the lines of New Hope Church and Kenesaw Mountain in May and June, and until after the battles of Peachtree Creek, July 20, and Atlanta, July 22, in which latter the regiment had considerable casualties. The forty-fourth took part in the battle at Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864 and the battle at Nashville, Tennessee on December 15-16, 1864 before retreating across the Tennessee River.

In the organization of the army near Smithfield, N. C., March 31, 1865, the Tenth and Forty-fourth Regiments and Ninth Battalion were consolidated under the command of Maj. W. C. Richards. On April 9 Sharp's Brigade, of whom the Forty-fourth was part, consolidated as the Ninth Regiment. They surrendered in April 1865 at Goldsboro, NC.

Below is a roster of men who served in Company D extracted from the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System of the National Park Service. Because the same soldier was sometimes listed more than once due to variations in spelling his name, the total number given is inflated. The listing has not been changed because there is no way to determine where these spelling errors have occurred.


Last Name First Name Company Rank_In Rank_Out
Alderdish Thomas D,E Private Private
Alderdist Thomas D,E Private Private
Aldredge T. H. D,E Private Private
Aldrice Thomas D,E Private Private
Anderson Benjamin D. D Private Private
Anderson Thomas N. D Private Private
Auldrige T.H. D,E Private Private
Barger John D Private Private
Bird George G. D Private Private
Blasingame J.T. D Private Corporal
Blassingame James T. D Private Corporal
Blassingham J.L. D Private Corporal
Borger John D Private Private
Burger John D Private Private
Burton William H. D Private Private
Carpenter J.L. D Private Private
Carroll James D,A Private Private
Collins J. D Private Private
Collins James W. D Private Private
Collins John D Private Private
Craft J.N. D Private Private
Craft James M. D Private Private
Crite William D Private Private
Cummings E.F. DFS Private Musician
Cummins E.F. DFS Private Musician
Cupp Wiley B. D Private Private
Davis A. C. D Private Private
Davis A. L. D Private Corporal
Davis J. T. D Private Corporal
Davis Joseph T. D Private Corporal
Davis Richard W. D Private Private
Davis Robert A. D Private 1st Lt.
Dobbins Edward B. D Private Private
Dockery James C. D Captain Captain
Duke Adolphus D Private Private
Fariss James B. D Sergeant Private
Farrass J.B. D Sergeant Private
Foster A.T. D Private Private
Giddy J.D. D Private Private
Gideon John D. D Private Private
Gilliam John T. D Private Private
Greer D. W. D Private Private
Haines E. R. D Private 2nd Lt.
Hannaford George H. D Private Private
Hannaford J. H. D Private Private
Hannaford John E. D Private Sergeant
Hannaford S. H. D Private Private
Hannaford William W. D Sergeant Private
Harness Nehemiah G. D Private Private
Hatcher John D Private Private
Haynes Ephraim R. D Private 2nd Lt.
Henly Henry M. D Private Private
Hennelly H.M. D Private Private
Honass N.J. D Private Private
Hornass N.J. D Private Private
Johnson Henry M. D Private Private
Johnson William L. D Private Private
Kelsey L.P.H. D Private Private
Kelsey S.P.H. D Private Private
Kelsey William W. D Private Private
Kirk Edmund D Private Private
Kirk Edwin D Private Private
Laughter A.B. D Private Private
Lauter A.B. D Private Private
Lewis B.F. D Private Private
Lide John W. D Private Private
Logan Drury M. D Private Corporal
Logan John A. D Private Private
Logan M.B. D Private Private
Logan Marcus D. D Private Private
Mason Alonzo E. D Private Private
Massey J.M. D Private Private
Massey W.H. D Private Private
Maxwell James W. D Private Private
Maxwell Thomas A. D 2nd Lt. Captain
McCleary William D Private Private
McClendon J.H. D Private Private
McClendon J.M. D Private Private
McClure Charles J. D Sergeant 1st Sgt.
McCurdy Samuel D Private Corporal
McLaren Archibald D Private Private
McLarey William D Private Private
McLauflin R.F. D Private Private
McLaughflin K.F. D Private Private
McLaughlin R.F. D Private Private
McLeary W.M. D Private Private
McLendon Green S. D Private Private
McLendon J.L. D Private Private
McLennan G.S. D Private Private
Miller James E. D Private Private
Miller Munford D Private Private
Miller W.T. D Private Private
Miller William L. D Private Private
Miller William Louis D Private Private
Miller William T. D Private Private
Mitchell Robert C. D Private Private
Mosby Robert O. D Private Sergeant
Nelson John H. D 3rd Lt. 3rd Lt.
Nesbit William H. D Private Private
Nesbit William T. D 1st Lt. Captain
Nichols Lennard J. D Private Private
Oakley T. O. D Private Private
Oakley Thos. D Private Private
Odom C. J. D Corporal Adjutant
Odum Charles J. D Corporal Adjutant
Owen Isaac M. D Private Private
Owen J. M. D Private Private
Owens James M. D Private Private
Paine James H. D Private Lieutenant
Paine Solomon D Private Private
Paine William G. D Sergeant Private
Parthesius Henry D Private Private
Payne James H. D Private Lieutenant
Payne Solomon D Private Private
Perkins Isaac D Private Private
Perkins J. D Private Private
Perkins Nicholas W. D Corporal Private
Perkins Peter P. D Private Private
Perkins T. D Private Private
Pounders Richard D Private Private
Purkins Isaack D Private Private
Roach C.C. D Private Private
Roberson J.L. D Private Private
Roberson W.G. D Private Private
Roberson W.J. D Private Private
Robertson J.L. D Private Private
Robinson Jackson L. D Private Private
Robinson W.J. D Private Private
Roche C.C. D Private Private
Ruckart John T. D Private Private
Rucket John T. D Private Private
Sanders Marshall R. D Private Private
Slocomb D.M. D Private Corporal
Slocumb D.M. D Private Corporal
Smith A.T. D Private Private
Smith Henry C. D Private Sergeant
Smith Lemuel B. D Corporal Corporal
Smith N.T. D Private Private
Spencer F. D Private Private
Spencer Felix D Private Private
Spencer V.A. D Private Private
Spencer V.V. D Private Private
Spencer Valincourt D Private Private
Stuart Hep A. D Private Private
Sullivan William R. D Private Private
Temple Ed. M. D Private Private
Thomas John T. D Private Private
Thompson Fleming D Private Private
Thompson John C. D 1st Sgt. Major
Todd John B. D Private Private
Todd M.V. D Private Private
Todd W.D. D Private Private
W. Dwight D Private Private
Walton William J. D Private Private
Ward Henry D Private Private
Wilboun A.M. D Private Private
Wilburn Ald. M. D Private Private
Willaford J.L. D Private Private
Willaford W.D. D Private Corporal
Willeford J.L. D Private Private
Willeford William D. D Private Corporal
Williams Ambrose D Private Private
Williams Elias D Private Private
Williams John D Private Sergeant
Williams Sherod D Private Private
Williford W.L. D Private Corporal
Wilroy C.W. D Corporal Private
Wilroy Charles W. D Corporal Private
Word H. D Private Private
Wright Thomas D. D Private Private
Wright Thomas J. D Private Private
Young William D. D Private Private

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