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Confederate (CSV)


Virgil A. Grace

(1841 - 1918)

Home State: Mississippi

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 20 year old student, he enlisted on 4 March 1861 as Private in the "O'Conner Rifles", later Company B, 2nd Mississippi Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action on South Mountain, MD on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort Delaware then was exchanged on 10 November 1862 at Aiken's Landing, VA and returned to duty. He was wounded in the left leg at Gettysburg on 1 July 1863 and was captured there on 5 July. He was treated at the DeCamp Army Hospital in New York Harbor and paroled at City Point, VA on 27 September 1863. He was formally exchanged on 1 January 1864 and sent on furlough to 4 February. He did not return to the 2nd Infantry, who listed him as a deserter, but instead enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant, Company G, 7th Mississippi Cavalry.

References & notes

Service information from a casualty list/roster for the Campaign provided by Michael Brasher, from his research in Compiled Service Records, Company rolls, and other period sources. Further details from the Buseys.1 More about his service in the 7th Cavalry from the Soldiers and Sailors Database.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

The commanding officer of the 7th Mississippi Cavalry (formerly the 1st Regiment, Mississippi Partisan Rangers) was Colonel William C. Falkner, who had been defeated for reelection as Colonel the 2nd Infantry in the Spring of 1862. He was also great-grandfather of the novelist William H. Faulkner.




1918; burial in Henry Cemetery, Corinth, MS


1   Busey, John W., and Travis W. Busey, Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg: A Comprehensive Record, Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company, 2017, pg. 644  [AotW citation 21727]

2   US National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, Published c. 1999, first accessed 01 January 2000, <>, Source page: /search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldierId=147D48A2-DC7A-DF11-BF  [AotW citation 21726]