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The company volunteered in response to the call of Governor Letcher, for one year, at the expiration of which it enlisted for the war. On the 24th of May, 1861, the company left for the Peninsula, as a part of the Third Virginia, commanded by Colonel Thomas P. August. After the battle of Big Bethel the regiment was known as the Fifteenth.

The figures opposite the names stand for the ages of the men:

Zzzcompany a, Fifteenth Virginia, C. S. A.

John Wilder Atkinson, captain; 31. Served till reorganization in 1862; promoted colonel in heavy artillery.

Benjamin F. Cocke, first lieutenant; 32. Resigned in 1861.

John E. Bradley, second lieutenant; 32. Served till reorganization in 1862.

William O. Acree, second lieutenant; 27. Died in 1861.

James C. Atkinson, first sergeant; 24. Promoted lieutenant in 1861; served till reorganization.

Samuel Michaels, second sergeant; 20. Discharged in 1861.

James Walker Dabney, third sergeant; 21. Promoted first sergeant; promoted lieutenant; and served till reorganization.

Gideon W. Morris, fourth sergeant; 25. Prisoner at Sharpsburg; wounded May 14, 1864; prisoner April 1, 1865.

James Fox, first corporal; 22. Wounded at Sharpsburg; second sergeant.

James H. Burch, second corporal; 38. Discharged in 1862.

William Booker Robinson, third corporal; 22. Discharged in 1862.

William L. Smith, fourth corporal; 21. Elected second lieutenant in 1862; promoted first lieutenant, May 16, 1864.

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