Virginia 52nd Infantry Regiment


The 52nd Virginia was organized at Staunton, Virginia, in August 1861. Many of its members were from Augusta County. It fought at Greenbrier River and Camp Alleghany, and later in Jackson's Valley Campaign. The unit was then assigned to Early's, W. Smith's, Pegram's, and J.A. Walker's Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia. It participated in various conflicts from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, marched with Early to the Shenandoah Valley, and was active around Appomattox.

This regiment lost 2 wounded and 6 missing at Camp Alleghany, had 7 killed and 46 wounded at McDowell, and suffered 14 killed and 87 wounded at Cross Keys and Port Republic. It reported 29 casualties at Gaines' Mill, 61 at Second Manassas, 13 at Fredericksburg, and 12 at Chancellorsville. Of the 254 engaged at Gettysburg, six percent were disabled. On April 9, 1865, it surrendered with 7 officers and 53 men of which 14 were armed.
FIELD OFFICERS: Colonels John B. Baldwin, John D. Lilley, John D.H. Ross, and Thomas H. Watkins. ASSIGNMENTS: BATTLES: Battle of Greenbrier River

Battle of Camp Allegheny

Jackson's Valley Campaign

Seven Days' Battles

Second Battle of Manassas

Battle of Sharpsburg

Battle of Fredericksburg

Battle of Chancellorsville

Battle of Gettysburg

Battle of Cold Harbor

Valley Campaigns of 1864

Appomattox Campaign

The rosters of this unit contains the names of 1686 men.

Company A (Augusta Fencibles) - Augusta County

Company B - 1st (Fairfield McDowell Guards) - Fairfield and Rockbridge County

Company B - 2nd (Waynesboro Guards) - Waynesboro and Augusta County

Company C ( Letcher Guard) - Augusta County

Company D ( Harper guard) - Augusta County

Company E (Captain Thomas H. Watkin's Company) - Rockbridge County

Company F ( Captain Joseph E. Cline's Company) - Augusta County

Company G ( Veteran Guards) - Augusta County

Company H ( Staunton Pioneers) - Staunton and Augusta County

Company I (Men of West Augusta) - Augusta County

Company K (Bath Rifles) - Bath County

Company K ( Captain Morrison's Company) - Rockbridge County

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