A Sketch of the History of the Second Mississippi Infantry Regiment:
Background and Introduction: Part III
After Mississippi seceded from the Union and began to raise companies of state troops, the men from the then four counties of northeast Mississippi – Tishomingo, Tippah, Itawamba and Pontotoc – began enrolling in February and March of 1861. These companies would initially be assigned to the Second Regiment, Mott’s Brigade, State Army of Mississippi. Once they became part of the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Volunteers, the independent companies were assigned letters as follows:
 Following the Civil War, the four original northeastern counties were partitioned into several additional ones.
 Dunbar Rowland, Military History of Mississippi (Spartanburg, 1978), pp. 40-43. It should be noted that Company L, the eleventh company, was not organized until March 5, 1862 and did not join the regiment, then at Fredericksburg, until April 6, 1862. In trying to analyze specific regimental actions, an eleventh company complicates matters somewhat. The “standard” formation for the companies of a regiment when forming a battle line is a two-line arrangement for each company with the companies deployed in the following manner (as viewed from the rear of the regiment, left to right): B, G, K, E, H, C, I, D, F, A. With the addition of Company L, by following the preceding deployment logic, the arrangement should be B, G, K, E, H, C, I, D, L, F, A. Thus, it is assumed that Company L is normally deployed with the right wing of the regiment between Companies D and F. However, although this was the "standard" alignment of regimental companies, in many cases, dependent on the seniority of the company captains and other factors, they could be switched around.
 CMSR. Upon closer examination, it was found that there was no real distinction between the two terms as used in the compiled service records.
 Edward J. Hagerty, Collis’ Zouaves: The 114th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Civil War (Baton Rouge, 1997), pp. 78-79.
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Michael R. Brasher
Besides being the self-published author of Civil War books, I am the great-grandson of Private Thomas Benton Weatherington, one of the 1,888 Confederate soldiers from northeast Mississippi that served in the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. A lifelong Civil War buff, I grew up near the Shiloh battlefield in West Tennessee. I received my MA in Civil War Studies from American Military University. I also hold degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA which I draw upon to help shape my own unique approach to researching and writing Civil War history. As former president and co-founder of InfoConcepts, Inc., I was the co-developer of the American Civil War Regimental Information System and Epic Battles of the American Civil War software. I developed and maintained the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment website from 2002 until 2015 and now maintain the 2nd Mississippi Facebook page. I am also writing a regimental history to be released in the near future. I am a retired Air Force officer and now reside in Huntsville, Alabama.