47th Virginia Infantry Regiment

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Stafford's Confederate Year

47th Virginia Infantry Regiment

Companies “A” and “B” were from Stafford County. Company “I”(3) transferred to the 47th from the 30th Virginia Infantry in September 1861.

The original regimental flag, captured in July 1863 at Falling Waters, MD, bore the battle honors: Seven Pines, Mechanicsville, Gaines’s Mill, and Frazier’s Farm in the Virginia Peninsula (summer 1862); Cedar Run, 2nd Manassas, and Ox Hill from late summer 1862; Harper’s Ferry, Sharpsburg, and Shepherdstown from fall 1862; and Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg from 1862-summer 1863. With a new banner, the 47th fought in the Mine Run and Overland Campaigns (1863-1864) and the Richmond-Petersburg Sieges (June 1864-April 1865), before fighting on the retreat to Appomattox in April 1865.

Reenactors from Company “I”(3), (“Stafford Guards”), 47th Virginia Infantry, appear with regimental battle flags in the collections of the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond. This reenactment unit raised funds for preservation of the two unit banners of the 47th Virginia.