21012[civilwarwest] Gen. W.W. Loring's Division
- Mar 1, 2000I am tracing the movements of the 23d Mississippi Infantry Regiment,
whose records were destroyed by fire.
I am hoping someone within our membership can shed some light on a
mystery I have been trying to unravel for some time, which is: where
did General William Wing Loring's Confederate Division go and what did
they do following the battle of Baker's Creek, ( Champion's Hhill) in
mid-May, 1963? Where were they from May - Dec., 1863, and where were
from Jan., 1864 - May 1864?
During the battle of Baker's Creek ( Champion's Hill), in mid May,
1863, the Confederae division under the command of Gen. William Wing
Loring was separated from the rest of the Confederate forces, and
forced to flee southeast. They eventually joined with General
Johnston's army at Jackson, and then disappeared.
In my research, Gen. Loring's division vanished after Jackson, Miss. I
find it again when some regiments are involved in a battle at
Coffeevill on Dec, 5, 1863. I am sure it is involved in Sherman's
attack on Meridian, but I haven't seen this division pop up in print
until the battle of Resaca, Georgia, in May of 1864.
Prior to the defeat at Baker's Creek, General Loring's division had the
Department of Mississippi and Eastern Lousiana, Fourth Military
District, General John Pemberton, commanding.
? Corps, General Polk, Commanding
1st Brigade, General Lloyd Tilghman, Commanding the following regiments:
50th Alabama Infantry Regiment
54th Alabama Infantry Regiment
Heddon's artillery Battery
8th Kentucky Infantry
Company C., 4th Mississippi Artillery Batt.
14th Mississippi Infantry
20th Mississippi Infantry
23d Mississippi Infantry
26th Mississippi Infantry
I sincerely appreciate any informatin or research leads anyone can
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