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During the months of March and early April, 1862, companies of infantry were recruited throughout the state of Mississippi. After the following 10 Companies were recruited and officers elected, all were ordered to Grenada, Mississippi, where on April 17, 1862 they were mustered into Confederate service as the 33rd Mississippi Infantry regiment.

 

 

 



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Rosters

Note: if you do not find your 33rd ancestor listed in these rosters, read this.

Company A
The "Cumberland Guards" of Neshoba County was organized at Cumberland Church on March 15, 1862. A. R. Booth was Captain, with an original enrollment of 85 officers and men.

Company B
The "Amite Guards" of Amite County was organized on March 1, 1862. Hiram Morgan was Captain, with an original enrollment of 82 officers and men.

Company C
The "Johnson Guards" of Lawrence County was organized at Fair River on April 1, 1862. Richmond O. Byrne was Captain, with an original enrollment of 54. April 15th another 25 were mustered for a total of 79 officers and men.

Company D
The "Franklin Guards" of Franklin County was organized on March 4, 1862. Kincheon R. Webb was Captain, with an original enrollment of 80 officers and men.

Company E
The "Holmesville Guards" of Pike County was organized at the Court House in Holmesville on March 10, 1862. John T. Lamkin was Captain, with an original enrollment of 47. During the next month, another 30 joined, for a total of 77 officers and men.

Company F
The "Leake Rebels" of Leake County was organized at Carthage on March 3, 1862. Robert J. Hall was Captain, with an original enrollment of 95 officers and men.

Company G
The "Davis Guards" of Choctaw County was organized at Oakley on April 1, 1862. James M. Tinnon was Captain, with an original enrollment of 84 officers and men. (According to the "officer election affidavits," they were named the "Sons of Liberty" and assigned to the 31st Mississippi Regiment. Another source refers to them as "Jeff Davis Browns.")

Company H
The "Rebel Avengers" of Coahoma County was organized at Friars Point on March 1, 1862. William S. Warren was Captain, with an original enrollment of 67 officers and men. (Muster rolls list this group as Company C of the 31st Mississippi Regiment, "...Colonel Hurst commanding.")

Company I
The "Mississippi Defenders" of Panola County was organized at Eureka on March 7, 1862. William B. Johnson was Captain, with an original enrollment of 75 officers and men.

Company K
The "Amite Defenders" of Amite County was organized on March 1, 1862. David Wiley Hurst was Captain, with an original enrollment of 82 officers and men.

In April 1862, there were a total of 805 men mustered into the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment at Grenada, Mississippi. By the end of July the number had grown to 984.


Note: At one brief point in the war there were two 33rd Miss. units.
This has caused problems for many researchers and descendants of the participants.

According to Dunbar Rowland's "Military History of Mississippi", pgs. 154-157 and pgs. 360-362, Aaron B. Hardcastle's (Third) Battalion consisted of 4 units --- Miss. Rebels of Noxubee County, Insurgents of Itawamba Co., McNair Rifles of Pike Co., and Raymond Minute Men of Hinds Co. In early 1862 this battalion of Mississippi volunteers appeared on returns of Gen. Mansfield Lovell in New Orleans.

After the battle of Shiloh [April 6-8, 1862] Hardcastle's unit was called the 33rd and then was merged with the 45th or the number changed to the 45th --- with Hurst's 33rd (which is the one this site is about) retaining that number. During the Atlanta campaign, the 45th, on account of greatly lessened numbers, was reduced and renamed back to the Third Battalion, under the command of John D. Williams.

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