Who We Are
We represent the men of the 5th Virginia Infantry Company C. We are currently probationary members of the Longstreet Corps affiliation. With our representation of Company C, we also strive to honor the other companies of the 5th and any soldier, sailor, and marine who served in the war, North and South. They all fought for a common cause, each other. They fought for a cause the deemed correct and gave their last full measure of devotion to that belief. May God bless each of these men and may their memory live forever!
After the ordinance of secession was ratified, Governor Letcher called for all militia companies in the Shenandoah Valley to move to Harper's Ferry in order to secure the town and its armaments.
The Virginia militia units that went to Harper's Ferry were organized into regiments. The 5th Regiment of Virginia Volunteer Infantry was formed in April 1861. It was made up of men from Augusta, Frederick, and Rockbridge Counties, and the town of Winchester, all in the Shenandoah Valley.
The 5th was then placed under the command of Colonel Kenton Harper. On July 1, 1861, the Fifth was accepted into the service of the Confederate States, and was assigned to the First Brigade, under Brigadier General Thomas J. Jackson. The First Brigade was later known as the famous Stonewall Brigade.
The original muster roles show that most members were between the ages of 18 and 30. The youngest was 15 and the oldest, was 60! Well over half of the men were farmers and laborers, but there was also listed seven lawyers, six teachers, five cigar makers, two dentist, a toy maker, a confectioner, a surgeon, an undertaker, a "gentleman", and one man listed as "nothing" in the ranks.
Volunteers in 1861 enrolled for a 1 year of service with the company they selected. After the enrollment the company was mustered into state service for 1 year. After the Conscription act in April 1862 the term of service already in the field was extended to 3 years dating from the original enlistment. Men between the ages of 18 & 45 were able for service, soldiers under or over the age could be discharged.