Mississippi Civil War Facts


Mississippi was the 2nd state to suceed from the Union on January 9, 1861. Mississippi provided 103,414 of her sons for the war effort which translates to 2.7% (ranked 13 out of 44 states and territories) of the total men who served on both sides of the conflict. There were a total of 772 raids, skirmishes and battles in the state. Mississippi had 3 Confederate P.O.W. Camps at Fort Massachusetts (Ship Island), Jackson (Bridge Prison), Meridian

The official flag of Mississippi during the War for Southern Independence (1861-1865) was a white flag with a magnolia tree in natural colors. The canton was blue and had a single white star (reminiscent of the Bonnie Blue flag). The fly was a thin red bar extending vertically the length of the flag; sometimes it included red fringe as well. The flag was so popular, it is the reason Mississippi became known as the "Magnolia State." This remained as the state flag until 1894 when the present flag was adopted. According to the designers, the thirteen stars in the St. Andrew's cross of the canton (the Confederate battle flag) represent the original 13 colonies that made up the United States at its inception. The red, white and blue horizontal stripes represent the colors of the U.S.A.

The Armies

Confederate - 15 States and Territories
Total number of men recruited 85,000
% of Confederate Army 8.2%
Overall rank 6
% of South's population 10.7%
Overall rank 3
Regiments of foreign-born soldiers
Confederate Army Deaths
Killed Officers 122
Killed Enlisted 5,685
Died of Wounds Officers 75
Died of Wounds Enlisted 2,576
Died of Disease Officers 103
Died of Disease Enlisted 6,704
Total 15,265
State Military Units
Artillery 2 regiments
13 companies
12 batteries
Cavalry 55 regiments
21 battalions
29 companies
Infantry 95 regiments
18 battalions
7 companies
Engineers 1 regiment
1 corps
Sharpshooter 3 battalions
Union - 43 States and Territories
Total number of men recruited 18,414
% of Union Army 0.7%
% of state's population 2.3%
Overall rank 24
Union Army Deaths
Killed/Mortally Wounded 3
Disease 66
Disease in Prison ??
Accidents/Drowning 1
Murdered 1
Military Execution ??
Executed By Enemy ??
Known/Not Classified 4
Unknown 3
Total 78
State Military Units
Artillery ??
Cavalry ??
Infantry ??
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