OFFICERS OF MISSISSIPPI'S
In this long-lost Confederate photograph
we see vividly the simple accoutrements which characterized many of the Southern
regiments during the war. These men of Company B of the Ninth Mississippi
enlisted as the Home Guards of Marshall County, and were mustered into the State
service at Holly Springs, February 16, 1861. Their checked trousers and workday
shirts are typical of the simple equipment each man furnished for himself. The
boots worn by Colonel Barry, at the right, were good enough for the average
Confederate soldier to go through fire to obtain later on in the war. Lacking in
the regalia of warfare, the Ninth Mississippi made a glorious record for itself
in Chalmers' Brigade at Shiloh, where it lost its gallant Colonel, William A.
Rankin. "Never," said General Bragg, "were troops and commander more worthy of
each other and their State."