A Brief history of the Twenty Fourth Virginia



Confederate General Jubal A. Early

tabspace.pngThe 24th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment raised in Southwest Virginia for service in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. It fought mostly with the Army of Northern Virginia.

The 24th Virginia was assembled in June, 1861, with men from Floyd, Franklin, Carroll, Giles, Pulaski, Mercer, and Henry Counties. It served under Early at First Manassas, then was assigned to Early's, Kemper's, and W.R. Terry's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia.

The 24th participated in the campaigns of the army from Williamsburg to Gettysburg except when it was detached to Suffolk with Longstreet. Later it was involved in the engagements at Plymouth and Drewry's Bluff, the Petersburg siege north of the James River, and the Appomattox operations.

 The regiment contained 740 men in April, 1862, and reported 189 casualties at Williamsburg and 107 at Seven Pines. It lost 4 killed, 61 wounded, and 14 missing at Frayser's Farm, had 8 wounded at Fredericksburg, and had about forty percent of the 395 engaged at Gettysburg disabled. Many were lost at Sayler's Creek with no officers and 22 men surrendered on April 9, 1865.

The field officers were Colonels Jubal A. Early and William R. Terry; Lieutenant Colonels Peter Hairston, Jr. and Richard L. Maury; and Majors William W. Bentley, Joseph A. Hambrick, and J.P. Hammet.

On July 3rd 1863 the 24th formed up at the extreme right flank of Pickett’s charge. Advancing over open fields for three-quarters of a mile in the hot July sun the 24th Virginia drudged toward its intended target on Cemetery Ridge. As Pickett’s and Pettigrew’s men closed with the union forces, the Confederate right was attacked by the 13th and 16th Vermont regiments. To counter this, General Kemper detailed some companies to face right and hold off this attack.

Meanwhile parts of 24th continued ahead into the union line, the others were fighting on the right under extreme artillery fire from the "Round Tops." The brave men fought forward and broke the Federal line but were driven back by a Federal counter attack. Around 220 men of the 24th Virginia was killed or missing In action in Pickett's Charge.



Edwin Forbes depiction of Pickett's Charge


Please click here for an article about Pickett's Division during the Gettysburg campaign.


 (References wikipedia and the Nat Park Services) 






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