Third Mississippi Infantry Company B 1861 Sunflower Dispersers
Painting - Watercolor And Gouache
The third Mississippi Infantry, Company B, who named themselves the "Sunflower Dispersers" having been raised in Sunflower County shown here in their uniform of 1861. Confederate regiments consisted of companies that were raised in different counties within their namesake states. Each company was allowed to uniform and equip themselves as they wanted (or as available supplies allowed) and the result was a myriad of all conceivable forms of uniform dress, colors and style that would be represented even in one regiment during the early months of the Civil War. In the case of the "Sunflower Dispersers" Photographic evidence shows members of this company dressed in grey battle shirts trimmed in the state regulation color of Red with a sunflower symbol on the right breast of the shirt. The Third was also issued the m1841 Mississippi Rifle. The 3rd Mississippi Infantry was commanded by Colonel John B. Deason and served in the Western Theater initially assigned to the Army of Mississippi. The regiment participated in many of the major combat actions of the western theater where some of the most ferocious fighting took place including the defense of Vicksburg, the Atlanta Campaign and the disastrous battles of Franklin and Nashville. Survivors of the Third with their ranks shredded from losses, fought against William T. Sherman in the Carolinas under General Joseph E. Johnston in 1865. With it's ranks shattered: containing only a handful of it's original members, the Third was consolidated with two other Mississippi regiments (The 33rd and the 40th) and thus fought-on until the surrender of Johnston's army to Sherman on April 26th 1865. The Third Mississippi was truly one of the proud die-hards that fought-on to the very end of hostilities.
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March 26th, 2017
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