6th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

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Brief History

6th Regiment, Virginia Infantry completed its organization in November, 1861, at Manassas, Virginia. Men of this unit were raised in Loudoun, Rappahannock, Clarke, Rockingham, Pittsylvania, Fairfax, Halifax, Fauquier, and Orange counties.
Only 3 men surrendered on April 9, 1865, as most of the cavalry cut through the Federal lines and later disbanded. The field officers were Colonels Charles W. Field, Thomas S. Flourney, John S. Green, and Julien Harrison; Lieutenant Colonels J. Grattan Cabell and Daniel T. Richards; and Majors Cabell E. Flournoy and Daniel A. Grimsley. [1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

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.

  • Page 114-115, FHL book 975.5695 H2h, states that 24 draftees from Patrick County were assigned to the 6th Regiment. It doesn't mention any specific companies.

  Company A  ( McKenney's Eyeteeth) - many men from Norfolk County

  Company B (1st) (Lamb's Herd) - many men from Norfolk County
 Company B. (2nd) (Princess Anne Grays) - many men from Princess Anne County

  Company C (Woodis' Riflemen) - many men from Norfolk County

  Company D (Norfolk Light Infantry) - many men from Norfolk County
  Company D (1st) (Captain John Meyers' Company)- many men from Portsmouth

  Company E (2nd) (Nansemond Guard) - many men from Nansemond County 

  Company F (Seaboard Rifles) - many men from Princess Anne County

  Company G (Company F, Southern Guard, Kid Glove, Silk Stocking Regiment) - many men from Norfolk County

  Company H (The Independent Grays)

  Company  I ( Elliot Grays, Manchester Grays) - many men from Richmond (Independent City)

  Company K (Alstadt Grays) - many men from Chesterfield County


   The information above is from6th Virginia Infantry, by Michael A. Cavanaugh.

Other Sources


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).