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151st Regiment VA Militia (Mercer County)

Lt. Col., John S. Carr, commanding

Rolls show that Companies A to F were in service from August to October 13, 1861 when discharged. According to A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations, 1861-1865, by Lee A. Wallace, the 151st Regt, was in the 19th Brigade of Brig. Gen. Augustus Alexandria Chapman, along with the 86th Regiment (Giles County) Lt. Col. James W. English commanding; the 108th Regiment (Monroe County) Col. John M. Rowan commanding; the 166th Regiment (Monroe County), Col. William B. Suttle commanding; the 79th Regiment (Greenbrier County) Col. George F. Henry commanding; and the 135th Regiment (Greenbrier County) Col. John Snyder commanding. Organizationally, this brigade came under the Fifth Division of Maj. Gen Kenton Harper, later Colonel of the 5th Regiment VA Volunteers (resigned 1861).

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Co A, Capt. George W. Caldwell's Co

A Company was mustered at Jumping Branch, VA (now WV) on August 23, 1861. The unit consisted of 46 effectives with 10 additional men joining by October 2. By deactivation on October 13, 1861 the unit had suffered 9 losses. Three of the men (Privates George Hunt, Benjamin Skinner and Hiram Foster) had been released to join CSA units then forming. Personal or family sickness accounted for the other six. Privates William Carner and William Anderson and First Sergeant David Austin were detailed by LTC Carr to guard the salt wells.

Officers and Non-commissioned officers

Co A Unit Roster

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Co B, Capt. Robert W. Scott's Co.

B Company mustered in Princeton, VA (now WV) on August 21, 1861. The unit consisted of 43 effectives, with ten additional men joining by October 7. By deactivation on October 13, 1861 the company had suffered four losses: three to sickness and one man (Private Patton White) returned to join his militia company in Wyoming County when it was called out on September 7, 1861.

Officers and Non-commissioned officers

Co B Unit Roster

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Co C, Capt. William W. Smith's Co.

C Company mustered in Princeton, VA (now WV) on August 21, 1861. The company consisted of 52 effectives. By deactivation on October 13, 1861 the company had suffered 15 losses. Thirteen were due to sickness on being determined medically unfit for service by the surgeon, one (Private Joseph Woolwine) left to join the CSA and one (Private John D. Thompson) was released to go home for threshing.

Officers and Non-commissioned officers

Co C Unit Roster

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Co D, Capt. John E. Hall's Co.

D Company mustered in Princeton, VA (now WV) on August 22, 1861 and boasted 68 effectives. Five additional men joined by September 24, including 2d Lieutenant John Campbell who joined the company on September 8. By deactivation on October 17, 1861 the company had suffered 17 losses. Two men (Privates William K. Fren ch and David Wells) passed the age for militia membership within their first month of service. Personal or family sickness accounted for 12, two (Privates Robert Swader and James H. Bell) were directed to be released from service by Brigadier General A. A. Chapman for unspecified reasons and Private Leonard S. Mitchell returned to serve in the Tazewell County militia when it was called out on September 6.

Officers and Non-commissioned officers

Co D Unit Roster

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Co E, Capt. Thomas J. Massey's Co.

E Company mustered on August 23, 1861 at the farm of Joseph Brammer and consisted of 59 effectives, three additional men had been sick when the company was called out and joined on September 21. By deactivation on October 10, 1861 the company had lost ten men. Nine were due to sickness and one, Private Cornelius B. Deeds, left on September 23 to drive a wagon for the CSA forces. Ten of the men were captured in skirmishes with Federal forces during January 1862, nine alone on January 23, and eventually returned home after being exchanged at Vicksburg, MS on November 22, 1862.

Officers and Non-commissioned officers

Co E Unit Roster

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Co F, Capt. Richard B. Foley's Co.

F Company mustered on August 22, 1861 at the farm of Allen Fleshman and consisted of 52 effectives. The only man missing was Private Isaac Ellison having been sick when the initial call went out. He joined the company on October 2. By the time of deactivation on October 13, 1861 the company had lost 22 men. The most were due to personal or family illness but four were released to repair mills and one was discharged for threshing. One man, Private John Brammer, only served 15 days due to illness but was captured in March 1862 by Federal forces. He was exchanged at Vicksburg, MS on November 22 of that year.

Officers and Non-commissioned officers

Co F Unit Roster

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Updated March 6, 2001