The following names were recorded in a letter

written by W. J. Overstreet of Waynesboro, to W. S. Smith.

This information was researched and contributed by Sam Wilkes.

The letter read as follows:

March 18, 1900

Dear Friend, 

I am sending you here with the names of all the soldiers that served with me. There is Eighty Eight (88) to the Best of my rememberence. Missing is about 10 men of my company, with the very best wishes so long as life shall last.  

Date Voluntered...in 1861 
Co. A 46th Miss. 
Capt. A. Taylor 
1st Leu. W. C. McQistion 
2nd. Leu. Henry Atmore 
3rd. Leut. Thomas S. Falconer 
Privates 
Buccatana 
James Hagins 
Mcelwain 
Tom Hinton 
P.M. Steiner 
Guss Watts 
Jeff Crawford 
John Nickles 
Jim Taylor 
Mack Langley 
Bill Martin 
Mr. Watkins 
Towner Boutwell 
Pompy Philops 
James Garrett 
John P. Stricklin 
John Gordon 
Bill Sanderson 
G. W. Cheeseborough 
John Watley 
Dr. Taylor 
Mr. Gilbert 
Gus S. Hinton 
Isac Watley 
James Davis 
John Dunn 
Tom Dunn 
Jim Nickels 
Jake Myrick 
James Martin 
S. F. Bradshaw 
Thomas Ousley 
Alfred Boutwell 
Frank Philops 
Frank Garrett 
John Cooley 
Jerry Parker 
John Powell 
J. J. Cheeseborough 
Mike Watley 
Mr. White 
McFearson 
Bill Hinton 
Jonathan Watley 
Thomas Davis 
Moses Gardner 
Pink Nickels 
Jim Durham 
John White 
Joe Martin 
Mr. Lewis 
Dan Boutwell 
J. H. Cley 
Nathan Bazor 
Sam Stricklin 
Charley Stevenson 
D. Parker 
John McMillin 
William Falconer Waynesboro 
Patrick Bogan 
John Campbell 
W. J. Trigg 
James Lampley 
W. R. Cochran 
Sim Brewer 
James Douglass 
Sandy Knickelson 
Cebren Overstreet 
Earth Blare 
Johnnie Shaw 
Tom Knickels-Nichols 
Allen Trigg 
John Thompson 
William Heartley 
Mike Shoemake 
Washington Douglass 
W. J. Overstreet 
Nick Pace 
John Ward 
Sam Knickels 
Clinch Hays 
Drew Upshaw 
Howell Brewer 
Samp Shoemake 
Lige Knickelson 
W. M. Overstreet 
John Blare 
W. S. Davis 
Neil McRae 
Love Simpson 
Ben Ennon 
Dick Everett 
Jess Burbey 
Bill Shoemaker 
Rufe Camble 
John Williamson 
Thos. Brown 
Jack Blakeley 
Frank Everett 
Harry Gray 
John Showers 
Ish Whitehead 
Wils Camble 
Hue McCrane 
Bess Simpson 
Bob Blakeley 
Hugh Everett 
John Holden 
Ths. Shoemaker 
Frank Martin 
John Brown 
Axom Roberts ...years ago that the sight of two full regiments gave the Federal Troops a scare and these were the 13th Mississippi and the 8th Louisiana. It was not long before we were in the battle of Leesburg. So we soon learned that the Chance was given to see War in the true light, which we did but very few of the fine looking and brave young men ever returned to their loved ones at home. I desire to correct a saying that I have heard which I know is wholly false to wit: That it was a rich man's War and a poor man's fight! In this company we had young men of the wealthiest of the country and those of the poorest and they all fared alike and fought alike and there was no difference. They were like brothers in everything. It is hard to imagine the close and fine feelings that soon take possession of a company of soldiers when they are out battling with the enemy and sometimes with bad weather and short rations. The GAINES INVINCIBLES was organized at Waynesboro on 17 October 1861, Angus Taylor, Capt. and other officers as shown before in this book. The company went to New Orleans and was later a part of a Mississippi Battalion and still later consolidated with us the Co. A, 46th Mississippi Regiment. The Capt. Angus Taylor was Sheriff of Wayne County at the time. This regiment was commanded by Col. Sears and it was in S. D. Lee's brigade and was in the battle along the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers under Brigade General W. E. Baldwin. This regiment was in the siege of Vicksburg and suffered severely from the battle, and want of supplies. After the surrender of Vicksburg which was July 4, 1863, on the 11th day of said month it was said the Regimental Colors which was the original flag of Gaines Invincibles were brought out from Vicksburg by Capt. Sublet wrapped around his body under his shirt. The men were all furloughed for 60 days to report at Enterprise and on the 24th day of October 1863 they were all reported exchanged. At that time they were ordered to support Gen. Bragg at Missionary Ridge. This regiment was from that time until the surrender in the Army of Tennessee and Georgia and participated in most of the great battles of the War. In one of the battles in which the Commander at that time T. D. Magee was killed special mention of three of this company is mentioned for bravery to wit: Capt. Nicholas Pace, Pvt. C. L. Nichols, Isaac Whatley. See Mississippi Official Register page 752. I have been unable to get up anything like a full roster of the Company. I don't know of any but one man that could give me any information. That is W. J. Overstreet. I know many of the Company and I know they were of the best men of the county.

Yours truly, W. J. Overstreet, Waynesboro, Miss. Route 7 Box 3. 



The following list was written by W. S. Davis, March 30th, 1910 and it included the names from the list made 10 years earlier by W. J. Overstreet. 

This list was published in booklet form in 1987 by Jean Strickland and Patricia N. Edwards of Moss Point, Miss.

1. ANGUS TAYLOR , Capt.... dead. 

2. W. C. McQUISTON, 1st. Lt. 

3. HENRY H. ATMAN, 2nd Lt...dead. 

4. THOS. S. FALCONER, 3rd Lt. 

5. NICHOLAS PACE 

6. JAMES WHITE 

7. JOHN A. BLAIR...died in 1863. 

8. JAS. Q. LAMFLEY...dead. 

9. JAMES DAVIS 

10. THOMAS DAVIS...dead. 

11. A. B. HAYS.. .dead. 

12. WM. Q. TRIGG... died in service at Vicksburg. 

13. W. J. OVERSTREET 

14. JOHN CAMPBELL.. .dead. 

15. G. BUNCH...dead. 

16. B. SHIRLEY...dead. 

17. S. BROWN 

18. C. L. NICHOLS...killed in battle. 

19. THOS. NICHOLS... killed in battle. 

20. ISAAC WHATLY 

21. W. R. SANDERSON... dead. [Died 12-31-1931.]

22. THOS. MILLS...dead. 

23. LISER SAMMONS 

24. SIM NICHOLS 

25. PETER TAYLOR 

26. ____________WHITE 

27. JAS. HOGAN 

28. McPHERSON 

29. McPHERSON 

30. GUS HINTON... dead. [Died in Vicksburg.] 

31. BILL HINTON...dead. [Died at Chicora 10-31-1916.]

32. TOM HINTON. ..dead. 

33. JAS. WHATLEY 

34. JAS. MARTIN 

35. BILL MARTIN 

36. JOHN RANCE 

37. S. F. BRADSHAW... dead. 

38. MR. LEWIS 

39. ___________WALKER 

40. DAN BOUTWELL 

41. TOWNER BOUTWELL... dead. 

42. ALFRED BOUTWELL...dead. 

43. J. H. CLEG...dead. 

44. POMPEY PHILLIPS 

45. FRANK PHILLIPS 

46. NATHAN BAZOR 

47. JAMES GARRETT 

48. FRANK GARRETT 

49. DREW UPSHAW... dead. 

50. W. R. COCHRAN 

51. WM. HARTLEY 

52. HOWELL BREWER 

53. SIM BREWER 

54. MIKE SHOEMAKE 

55. SAMP. SHOEMAKE 

56. JAMES DOUGLASS 

57. WASH DOUGLASS 

58. LIGE NICHOLSON... see if can find out what Co. & Regt.; killed during the war or died at home from measles contracted in the war. (buried Hollis Creek Cem.) 

59. SANDY NICHOLSON 

60. W. M. OVERSTREET 

61. SEBORN OVERSTREET 

62. JOHN BLAIR 

63. WORTH BLAIR 

64. JOHN WHATLEY...dead. 

65. MIKE WHATLEY... dead 

66. PATRICK BROGAN 

67. JOHN SHAW 

68. JOHN WARD 

69. ABRAM TRIGG... dead. 

70. JOHN THOMPSON 

71. BILL STINNER 

72. GUS WATTS 

73. JOHN DUNN 

74. MOSE GARDNER 

75. JEFF CRAWFORD 

76. JIM DURHAM 

77. JIM TAYLOR 

78. JACKE RICH 

79. MACK LANGLEY 

80. JOHN MARTIN 

81. SAM STRICKLAND [Ed. Note-died of Typhoid fever at Vicksburg. Personal effects given to John Strickland to bring home.]

82. JOHN STRICKLAND 

83. JOHN COOLEY

Also the following names: 

84. CHAS. STEVENSON 

85. JOHN JORDAN 

86. JERRY PARKER 

87. M. PARKER 

88. JOHN McMILLAN 

89. G. W. BREWER 

90. J. J. BREWER 

The names from no. 46 was furnished me by W. L. Overstreet a member of Co. who now lives at Clara in this Co. This March 30th, 1910. 
W. S. Davis, Rural Route No.7, March 18, 1900.  

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