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Co. G, 2nd Infantry - later part of 2nd regiment of Mississippi's Volunteer Infantry
Organized in March 1861 with a total strength of 129 men.  This company had been drilled and partially equipped prior to the secession convention that assembled in Jackson and passed on the Secession ordinance Jan. 9, 1861.  They are traced through the history of the War Between the States as one of the three companies from Pontotoc County serving in the Tenth Regiment in the Army of Virginia.

Co. H, Conewah Rifles
Company H, Conewah Rifles, was organized and mustered into state service at Chesterville on March 1, 1861.  A statistical statement on this company issued March 15, 1865 showed total strength of 136.

Co. I, Cherry Creek Rifles
The Cherry Creek Rifles, Pontotoc was commissioned into service April 1, 1861.  No organizational listing of this company was given.

These three companies from Pontotoc County assembled at Corinth on or about May 2, 1861, and grouped with eight other companies recruited from North Mississippi counties to form the 2nd Regiment of Infantry.  They were then assigned to Mott's Brigade and went to Virginia on May 8, 1861.  After a few days of drilling and organizational work, the regiment was sent to Harper's Ferry to be equipped for battle service. 

At Harper's Ferry, the 2nd Regiment was placed under command of General Joseph E Johnson and on June 16th they retired before an advance of Fed. Gen. Patterson in the vicinity of Winchester.  Later they joined Gen. Beauregard at Manassas which by this time consisted of 2nd and 11th Mississippi regiments, 4th Alabama and 1st Tennesse.   Col. Falkner was given temporary command of the brigade pending the arrival of Gen. Stephen D. Lee, the officer who later gave the immortal name of "Stonewall" to Gen. Jackson.  This regiment played a heroic part in the Battle of First Manassas, and it was the results of this charge that turned the tide of victory for the Confederates and brought about a report from Gen. Beauregard to Col. Falkner and the Regiment of high praise.  He said in this report: "The Mississippians stood there with their command 'like a stone wall' until the Federal triumph was turned into rout.  The brave BEE was mortally wounded at the head of the 4th Alabama and the Mississippians."

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