Virginia's Contribution to Confederate States Army.
[from the William and Mary College Quarterly, Oct., 1904, pp. 141-2.]
The following documents are found in the Virginia
As the war continued eighteen months longer, the contribution of Virginia
was much in excess of the figures given by Governor Letcher
The total number of troops up to October, 1863, was about 133,000 men.
[It may be urged that in the often desperate straits of the Confederate government, by raid and the imminent menace of occupation of important points, the service of every male had in many instances to be availed of, even the maimed and the invalid had to hasten to the front—robbing, as has been quite truthfully stated—‘the cradle and the grave.’
Whilst veritable rosters may not be cited, the contribution of Virginia
to the Confederate States
Army, first and last, must have been at least 150,000.
I would urge upon every true and self-respectful Virginian his palpable duty in helping, as he may, by the loan for copying, of muster rolls in his possession to Major Robert W. Hunter
of Virginia Military Records,’ Richmond, Va.
, so that as accurate a statement as may be attained, be presented, of the aid and sublime sacrifices made by our grand old Commonwealth and her devoted people to the sacred Cause of Right.—Ed.]