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We the undersigned non Commissioned and Privates of Co K. 2nd Mississippi Battalion, who were in the Battles of Manassas and Sharpsburg do hereby cordially recommend our Second Senior Lieutenant Thomas C. Lipscomb for promotion. Lieutenant Lipscomb has been with us on every occasion and by his courage and good management made our company as effective as possible. As much as we regret losing Lieutenant Lipscomb, yet we feel that his services to the county entitle him to a higher position.

J. [Joseph] A. Matthews, 1st Sergt.
A. [Arthur] C. Halbert, 2 Sergt.
E.D. Beams, 2nd Corpl
L. [Lem] Joiner
J.C. Hopper
B.K. Bullock
Wm. C. Grammer
P.E. Wright
A.J. [Andrew Jackson] Whitley
P. [Peter] Ingle

J.P. [John Peter] Sartor
Wm. Cockrum
J. [John] C. Stovall
B.F. Winkle
G. [Gilbert] Dulany
W. [William] Dulany
James Strickland, Sergt.
J.T. [Joshua Taylor] Kirby
Green Littleton
R. [Robert] K. Lea



Lieutenant Lipscomb probably commanded the Battalion as the senior officer standing by the end of the day on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg. And he did get a promotion, to Captain of Cavalry. By late 1864 he was Colonel of the 6th Mississippi Cavalry.

Company K of the 2nd Battalion was converted to cavalry and attached as Company F to the 8th Confederate Cavalry (aka 2nd Regiment, Mississippi and Alabama Cavalry) in January 1863. Most of these men served in that unit from 1863 on.

First Sergeant Matthews, who wrote the petition, was appointed 2nd Lieutenant of Company H of the 8th Confederate Cavalry in April 1863 and was their Captain when he was killed near Columbia, SC in February 1865.

This document is among the papers of First Sergeant Matthews in his Compiled Military Service Record jacket (2nd Battalion/48th Regiment) in the National Archives; it’s online from fold3. He forwarded the petition in a letter to President Jefferson Davis of 9 November 1862.

2 Responses to “Men of Co. K, 2nd Mississippi Battalion petition for Lt. Thomas C. Lipscomb (1862)”

  1. behind AotW » Blog Archive » Dulaney siblings (1905) says:

    […] Three of the men – Gilbert, William, and Henry – were soldiers together in the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion and later the 8th Confederate Cavalry during the Civi War. Gib and Bill were both at Sharpsburg, MD on 17 September 1862 [more here]. […]

  2. behind AotW » Blog Archive » J.T. Kirby, Alabama Confederate Census (1907) says:

    […] Private in Company K of the 2nd Mississippi Battalion in combat at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 [more about that]. The battalion gained companies to become the 48th (not 41st) Mississippi Regiment in November […]

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