Dennis Main, Confederate Colonel
For questions about the Confederate Corps, please email him at Sgtdmayne1863@msn.com
The Confederate Forces were composed of infantry, cavalry, artillery and other units. Even more decentralized than the North, the South had no standing army at the outbreak of the War, and was much more reliant on the State governments for troops.
In the NCWA, the Confederate Army is represented by:
12th Virginia Infantry: Affiliated with Longstreet’s Corps, the 12th Virginia was originally part of a militia unit based in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. Known as the “Richmond Grays”; Company G was originally Company A 1st Virgina but in 1861 they were transfered to the 4th Infantry division which became the 12th Virginia. The 12th was one of the military units to quickly come to the defense of Virginia in 1861 when called upon.
Norfolk Light Artillery Blues: Supported units in both the famous A.P. Hill light division as well as General Longstreet’s division, and fought in virtually every major engagement in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.
James River Squadron: Representing the Confederate Navy, these Sailors and Marines, all experienced artillery gunners, show how troops were brought to the battle from any quarter to defend the Bonnie Blue Flag.
9th Virginia Cavalry: From Caroline County, Virginia, The Caroline Light Dragoons were organized in 1859. By special order on December 18, 1861, they became Company B, 9th Virginia Cavalry. With W.H.F. “Rooney” Lee as regimental commander, the 9th was often the lead regiment for JEB Stuart’s famous cavalry and served the Army of Northern Virginia throughout the war. This expert group of cavalry represents some of the South’s finest horsemen.
15th Alabama Regimental Hospital: Field hospital services were provided for the wounded by the doctors, nurses, and stretcher bearers of this organization.
Photograph by Randy Martin.