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The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 8: Soldier Life and Secret Service. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 4 0 Browse Search
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the people of the border states began to form military companies in almost every county and to uniform, arm, and drill them. In the beginning, each of these companies bore some designation instead of a company letter. There were various Guards, Grays, and Rifles— the last a ludicrous misnomer, the rifles being mostly represented by flint-lock muskets, dating from the War of 1812, resurrected from State arsenals and carrying the old buck and ball ammunition, caliber 1869. On this and the following illustration page are shown some members of Company G, Eighteenth Virginia Regiment, first called Nottaway Rifle Guards and afterward Nottaway Grays. The company was organized on the 12th of January, 1861. Its original roll was signed by fifty men. April 13, 1861, its services were tendered to Governor Letcher to repel every hostile demonstration, either upon Virginia or the Confederate States. This sentiment of home defense animated the Confederate armies to heroic deeds. The company