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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 State Library. 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, ‘Secretary 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.]

executive Department, Richmond, Va., October 7th, 1862.
Gentleman of the House of Delegates:
In response to the Resolution adopted by the House of Delegates, I have the honor to transmit the accompanying report from Adjutant-General Cooper, of the Confederate Government, and General Dimmock, of the Ordnance Degartment of Virginia.

I have only to add that upwards of thirty thousand conscripts have passed through the camp of instruction in charge of Col. [John C.] Shields.



[Endorsed.] Governor's Message, stating number of men and arms furnished C. States during the present war, Oct. 8, 1863.

Statement of the number of troops furnished the Confederate States by the State of Virginia as taken from the first rolls on file in the Adjutant and Inspector General's Office:

64 Reg'ts Infantry,52,496
20 Reg'ts Cavalry,14,175
2 Reg'ts Artillery,1,779
28 Battalions Cavalry, Infantry and Artillery,11,717
9 Battalions Artillery, Army No. Va.,4,500
214 Unattached Cos. Artillery, Infantry and Cavalry,18,248
Total number of men,102,915

Of the sixty-four Infantry Regiments, only sixty-one have rolls on file in this office, and only nineteen Cavalry Regiments. The rolls are very defective in all arms of the service. The above statement does not embrace the recruits or conscripts furnished by the State of Virginia, of which we have no returns.

S. Cooper, At. and I. Gen. To. Col. S. B. French, A. D. C., &c.

Headquarters Va. Ord. Department, Richmond, October 6, 1863.
Wm. H. Richardson, Adg't Gen.:
General: I have the honor to report, in answer to a call from the Legislature, through the Governor of the Commonwealth, as follows:

Arms issued between Oct. 1, 1859, and Oct. 1, 1863.

Common pieces,390


Remaining on hand in the Virginia armory on the 1st October, 1863.

Brass 6-pounder cannon (unmounted),5
Brass 12-pounder Howitzers (not mounted),1
Brass, mounted, mountain howitzers,3
Iron, 12-pounder cannon (mounted),8
Iron, 6-pounder cannon (mounted),26
Iron, 4-pounder cannon (mounted),13
Iron, 6-pounder cannon (without limbers),5
Iron, 4-pounder rifle cannon (without limbers),1
Iron, 6-pounder cannon (not mounted),12
Iron, 4-pounder rifle cannon (not mounted),4
Williams' guns,10
Caissons, 6-pounder,8
Muskets, alt, fire (in good order),1,735
Muskets, Springfied,300
Read's rifles (cavalry),400
Rifles (Austrian),200
Rifles (Miss),20
Carbines (cavalry),103
Sabres (cavalry),225
Muskets (being repaired),4,000
Muskets (without bayonets),1,100

I have the honor to be,

Very respectfully,

Ch's Dimmock, Bvt. Brig. Gen., Chief of Ord. of Virginia.

[Endorsed.] Charles Dimmock, Brig. Gen. and Chief of Ordnance, Report of army issued and now in hand.

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