Company D, forty-fourth Virginia. [from the Richmond, Va., Dispatch, May 6, 1900.]A brief history and roster of the command.
To the Editor of the Dispatch:I herewith enclose roster of Company D, 44th Virginia Infantry, Colonel W. C. Scott, of Powhatan county, for publication in your Confederate column. I think it will be of interest at least to the surviving members of the regiment. This company was mustered into the service of the Confederate States on the 9th of June, 1861, as from Louisa. The men, in fact, were about in equal numbers from Louisa, Goochland, Hanover and Fluvanna. After drilling at Camp Lee a few weeks, it was ordered to reinforce General Garnett at Rich Mountain, W. Va. It arrived just in time to witness his defeat and death. It then fell back to a strong position, where the Staunton and Parkersburg turnpike crosses the Greenbrier river. Colonel Edward Johnson, of the 12th Georgia, and others, under command of General Henry R. Jackson, arrived and fortified this position. The Federals, under General Reynolds, advanced and fortified on Cheat mountain, about nine miles distant. The two armies remained inactive until the 3d of October, when the Federals advanced and attacked in large force the Confederate works, but were repulsed, with heavy loss. As the winter came on the Confederate troops fell back to Alleghany and Crab Bottom and fortified. On the 13th of December the Federals made a night attack on Colonel Edward Johnson's camp. They were repulsed with heavy loss. No more fighting occurred on this line during the winter. In the spring the company reorganized, and on the 12th of May was engaged in the bloody battle of McDowell. From this date it was a part of Stonewall Jackson's command 'till his death, and participated in all the great battles of the Army of Northern Virginia until the surrender at Appomattox.