The result of which was the 1st Mississippi Regiment composed ten companies of 100 men.
Company A - Yazoo Guards
Company B - Wilkinson Guards
Company C - Vicksburg Southrons
Company D - Carroll County Guards
Company E - Jackson Fencibles
Company F - Lafayette Guards
Company G - Raymond Fencibles
Company H - Vicksburg Volunteers
Company I - Holly Springs Guards
Company K - Tombigbee Guards
Before leaving for New Orleans, from whence they would be shipped to Texas and onto war the First Mississippians elected ex West Point Cadet and future President of the Confederate States of America, Congressman Jefferson Davis as their Commanding Officer.
It would be Davis’s insistence, and his rather splendid political connections, that the 1st Mississippi would be issued with the latest style of rifled musket, and the very weapon that the First would become synonymous with becoming known as “The Mississippi Rifles”.
Fighting under Taylor at Buena Vista they would be credited with turning the battle. When in their distinctive red hunting shirts and white duck trousers they moved up to the line, formed ranks, fired and drew their Bowie Knives before closing on the Mexicans.
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“Steady, boys, steady for the glory of Ole Mississippi!”
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