63rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (McMahon's) (Confederate)
Brief History[edit | edit source]
63rd Infantry Regiment was organized in May, 1862. It served in Western Virginia, then joined the Army of Tennessee. The unit was assigned to Kelly's, Reynolds', Brown's, and Reynolds' Consolidated, and Palmer's Brigade. On April 9, 1865, merged into the 54th Battalion Virginia Infantry. Few surrendered on April 26. The field officers were Colonels James M. French and John J. McMahon, and Lieutenant Colonels David C. Dunn and Connally H. Lynch. 
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Company A (Captain William L. Hunter's Company) - many men from Washington County
Company B (Captain Connally H. Lynch's Company) - many men from Washington County
Company C ( Captain Stephen B. Cornutt's Company Marshalls Rifles) - many men from Grayson County
Company D (Captain John R. Francis' Company) - many men from Montgomery County
Company E ( Captain David O. Rush's Company) - many men from Washington County
Company F (Captain John E. Snodgrass's Company) many men from Washington County
Company I (1st) (Captain David Campbell Dunn's Company or Floyd Blues) - many men from Washington County
Company I (2nd) (Captain Giles S. Martin's Company) many men from Carroll County
Company K (Captain John C. Killinger's Company) many men from Smyth County
The information above is from63rd Virginia Infantry, by Jeffrey C. Weaver.
Other Sources[edit | edit source]
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in Virginia in the Civil War and United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865.
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Virginia in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Virginia, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia. New York, NY: Facts on File, 1992- 1995. (Family History Library book 975 M2ss, Ten Volumes.) This gives organization information for each unit and its field officers, assignments, and battles. It also lists sources further reading. Volume 5 is for Virginia.
- Wallace, Lee A. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations, 1861-1865. Lynchburg, Virginia: H. E. Howard, 1986. (Family History Library book 975.5 M2vr, Volume 29.) This gives brief historical sketches of each regiment and lists officers, company names, and commanders.
- Weaver, Jeffrey C. 63rd Virginia infantry (Lynchburg, Virginia : H.E. Howard, c1992), FHL book 975.5 M2vr v. 76.
References[edit | edit source]
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).