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Lamar Rifles of the 11th Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, 1861

Discussion in 'Period Civil War Photos & Examinations' started by chubachus, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. chubachus

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    I'm pretty sure the building in the background now houses Square Books and Neilson's
     
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    Could be, it would have been nice if the court house was in the image.
     
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  6. Story

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    Are they wearing wheel caps in that photo?
     
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    That's the same location, but not the same building. The structure Square books is in now was built post war and is cement or brick&plaster. I think the original building was burned or severely damaged by A.J. Smith's troops.

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  8. DixieRifles

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    What Company did they become?

    This isn't the University Greys?
     
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    Company A of the 11th became the University Grays.
     
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    I thought Named Companies became Lettered Companies upon formalized mustering-into-service?
     
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    I'd love to see that colorized.

    Funny, I'm bidding on the Oxford University Baseball Stadium Expansion today.
     
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    poor fellas got roughed up pretty good
     
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    I couldn't tell you.

    I do know many lettered companies also had nick names. Company K of the 30th Mississippi was called the Dixie Boys. Company A of the 38th Mississippi was called the Holmes County Volunteers.
     
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    Are you talking about me?

    It was just the opposite. The companies formed first and selected their Name and then they sought a Regiment that needed more companies. If you review the service records of soldiers, you will see their first card may be a company name or simply Capt. Smith's Company. Then later on, the name of the unit at the top will be Company A. If you read the archive notations on the soldier's service records, it will give a history of changes the company during the war.
     
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    Some companies originated from prewar militia organizations, but if not then they were recruited at the outset of the war with a company name. They were then organized into a regiment and lettered, although the company may still be referred to as their original company name as well.

    Also, one thing to note on the photograph, it appears as though they are wearing jackets, not frock coats. The caps look like they could be kepis with a tarred canvas rain cover.
     
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    I'm confused about the "talking about you".

    In any event, I had an uncle in company K of the 30th MS.
    http://www.custermen.com/DixieBoys/Miss30Regt.htm
     
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    I thought no one would catch that remark.
    My CWT NAME is Dixie Rifles---which is the name of Company K of the 29th Mississippi Regiment.

    BTW, that is my website that you linked to. I choose the name Dixie Boys for my Civil War Main Menu webpage. My Gr-Grandfather was in 30th Mississippi, Company A, Neill's Guards.
    But I choose the Name Dixie Rifles for this CWT Forum.

    Main Menu Dixie Boys: http://custermen.com/DixieBoys/Menu.htm.
     
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    I don't know the history of Oxford but there are not many buildings in these "small towns" in Mississippi that date back to the Civil War. I really doubt the building in the photo is brick. If you research some of these towns, you find out their brick structures were built at the turn of the century.
    And, yes, Oxford was heavily damaged during the war.
     
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    My wife's GGG Grandfather was also a member of 30th Mississppi, Company A. He was captured at Chickamauga and died at Camp Douglas of Typhoid Fever. My GG Grandfather GGG Uncle were both members of 30th Mississippi, Company C. My GG Grandfather lost a hand at the battle of Franklin, and my GGG Uncle was captured there and sent to Camp Chase where he died.

    Thanks for the maintaining the website. I have used it quite often and enjoy it.
     
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    If he was an original member of Company A, then he must have been from Black Hawk, MS. Her ancestor may be related to mine or at least neighbors.
     
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