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Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac

Colonel M D Corse

Colonel M D Corse, 17th Virginia Infantry

Seventeenth Virginia Infantry

Arrived at Manassas Junction, Prince William Couny, Virginia, between 5 and 24 May, 1861. Mustered in Confederate service for one year dated 1 July, 1861. Stationed at Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, 21 July, 1861

COLONEL M D CORSE
Captain M D Corse, Old Dominion Rifles, was appointed major, Alexandria Battalion Volunteers, on 19 February, 1861, and colonel, 17th Virginia Infantry, at Alexandria, Virginia, on 17 May, 1861.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL W P MUNFORD
Major W P Munford, 1st Virginia Infantry, was appointed lieutenant colonel, 17th Virginia Infantry, at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 13 June, 1861 (See the 1st Virginia Infantry).

MAJOR G W BRENT
G W Brent was appointed major, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 2 May, 1861, and was assigned to the 17th Virginia Infantry at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, by General Orders No.19, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 18 June, 1861.

Company A Alexandria Riflemen: CAPT. M MAryE
The company was accepted in state service at Alexandria, Virginia, on 17 April, 1861, and was assigned to the 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers on 27 April, 1861 (See the Garrison at Alexandria). The company was mustered in state service for one year at Alexandria, Virginia, by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 21 May, 1861, and was ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, in the morning on 24 May, 1861. The company arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 11 AM the same day.
Company B Warren Rifles: CAPT. R H SIMPSON
The company was organised at Front Royal, Warren County, Virginia, on 18 April, 1861, and was ordered to Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, Virginia, in the morning the same day. The company arrived at Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, at 4 PM on 18 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service the same day. The company was ordered to Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, Virginia, at 11 PM on 18 April, 1861, and arrived at Harpers Ferry via Charlestown, Jefferson County, Virginia, at 6 AM on 19 April, 1861. The company was assigned to guard duty at Bolivar Heights, near Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, Virginia, on 20 April, 1861, and was ordered to escort a shipment of captured arms to Alexandria, Virginia, on 25 April, 1861 (See the Garrison at Alexandria). The company arrived at Alexandria, Virginia, on 26 April, 1861, and was ordered to Manassas Junction, Virginia, in the morning on 24 May, 1861. The company arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, 11 AM the same day and was mustered in state service for one year by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 26 May, 1861. The company was stationed at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 19 June, 1861, and was ordered to Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, the same day.

Company C Loudoun Guards: CAPT. G R HEAD
The company was accepted in state service at Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, under the command of Captain C B Tebbs, on 22 April, 1861, and was ordered to proceed by the Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire Railroad to Alexandria, Virginia, on 8 May, 1861 (See the Garrison at Alexandria). The company was accompanied by the Loudoun Cavalry and was mustered in state service for one year at Alexandria, Virginia, by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 23 May, 1861 (See the Independent Cavalry). The company was ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, in the morning on 24 May, 1861, and arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 11 AM the same day. Captain C B Tebbs, 17th Virginia Infantry, Company C, was appointed lieutenant colonel, 8th Virginia Infantry, by Special Orders No.205, Headquarters, Richmond, Virginia, on 28 June, 1861, and was ordered to Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, and First Lieutenant G R Head, 17th Virginia Infantry, Company C, was appointed captain, 17th Virginia Infantry, Company C, by Special Orders No. 73, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 30 June, 1861 (See the 8th Virginia Infantry). First Lieutenant G R Head, 17th Virginia Infantry, Company C, was assigned to command the 17th Virginia Infantry, Company C, by Special Orders No. 73, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 30 June, 1861, and was appointed captain on 1 July, 1861.

Company D Fairfax Rifles: CAPT. W H DULANY
The Fairfax Rifles was accepted in state service at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 25 April, 1861, and arrived at Alexandria, Virginia, under the command of First Lieutenant W A Barnes, in the evening on 25 April, 1861 (See the Garrison at Alexandria). The company was stationed at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 29 April, 1861, and at Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 8 May, 1861. The company was mustered in state service for one year at Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 21 May, 1861, and Captain W H Dulany, 17th Virginia Infantry, Company D, was severely wounded during the skirmish at Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, on 18 July, 1861. First Lieutenant W A Barnes, 17th Virginia Infantry, Company D, was assigned to command the Fairfax Rifles during the first battle of Manassas on 21 July, 1861.
Company E Mount Vernon Guards: CAPT. S H DEVAUGHN
The company was accepted in state service at Alexandria, Virginia, on 17 April, 1861, and was assigned to the 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers on 27 April, 1861 (See the Garrison at Alexandria). The company was mustered in state service for one year at Alexandria, Virginia, by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 17 April, 1861, and was ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, in the morning on 24 May, 1861. The company arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 11 AM the same day and was ordered to Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 30 May, 1861. The company arrived at Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, the same day and was ordered to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 3 June, 1861. The company was ordered to Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 4 June, 1861, and to Sangster's or W Elzey's Crossroads, two miles south of Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 6 June, 1861.
Company F Prince William Rifles: CAPT. G S HAMILTON
The company was accepted in state service at Haymarket, Prince William County, Virginia, on 26 April 1861, and arrived at Alexandria, Virginia, on 29 April, 1861. The company was stationed at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 14 May, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 27 May, 1861. The company was stationed at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 19 June, 1861, and was ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 5 AM on 21 June, 1861. The company arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, via Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, the same day.
Company G Emmett Guards: CAPT. J E TOWSON, JR.
The company was accepted in state service at Alexandria, Virginia, on 25 April, 1861, and was assigned to the 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers on 27 April, 1861 (See the Garrison at Alexandria). The company was stationed at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 8 May, 1861, and was mustered in state service by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 29 May, 1861. The company was stationed at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 13 June and 2 July, 1861.
Company H Old Dominion Rifles: CAPT. A HERBERT
The company was accepted in state service at Alexandria, Virginia, under the command of Captain M D Corse, on 17 April, 1861, and Captain M D Corse and First Lieutenant A Herbert, Old Dominion Rifles, were appointed major, Alexandria Battalion Volunteers, and captain, Old Dominion Rifles, respectively, on 19 February, 1861 (See the Garrison at Alexandria). The company was assigned to the 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers on 27 April, 1861, and was ordered to Manassas Junction, Virginia, in the morning on 24 May, 1861. The company arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 11 AM the same day and was mustered in state service for one year by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 28 May, 1861.
Company I O'Connell Guards: CAPT. S W PREsTMAN
The company was organised at Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 18 May, 1861, and was assigned to 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers on 20 May, 1861 (See the Garrison at Alexandria). The company was accepted and mustered in state service at Alexandria, Virginia, by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 23 May, 1861, and was ordered to Manassas Junction, Virginia, in the morning on 24 May, 1861. The company arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 11 AM the same day and Captain S W Prestman, 17th Virginia Infantry, Company I, was severely wounded during the skirmish at Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, on 18 July, 1861. First Lieutenant R Fairfax, 17th Virginia Infantry, Company I, was assigned to command the company during the first battle of Manassas on 21 July, 1861.
Company K Warrenton Rifles: CAPT. B H SHACKleFORD
The company was accepted in state service at Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia, under the command of Captain J Q Marr, on 22 April, 1861, and was ordered to Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia, on 24 April, 1861. The company was mustered in state service for one year at Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia, by Major W H Ker, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 27 April, 1861, and arrived at Warrenton Springs, Fauquier County, Virginia, on 30 April, 1861. The company was ordered to Bristoe Station, Prince William County, Virginia, on 7 May, 1861, and arrived at Bristoe Station, Prince William County, via Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia, the same day. The company arrived at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, in the evening on 22 May, 1861, and was ordered to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 23 May, 1861. The company arrived at Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, the same day and was ordered to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 31 May, 1861. Captain J Q Marr, 17th Virginia Infantry, Company K, was killed during a skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the morning on 1 June, 1861, and First Lieutenant B H Shackleford, 17th Virginia Infantry, Company K, was appointed captain on 3 June, 1861 (See the Skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse). Captain B H Shackleford, 17th Virginia Infantry, Company K, was wounded during a skirmish at Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, on 18 July, 1861.

Sources

"The Warrenton Rifles will, in accordance with orders, leave Warrenton for Dumfries at 11 o'clock, today."

The Alexandria Gazette & Virginia Advertiser, 24 April, 1861 - Warrenton Rifles

"A company of cavalry from Rappahannock county, 80 strong, arrived here today; also the Loudoun Guard, from Loudoun county."

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, 25 April, 1861 - Alexandria, 24 April, 1861

"The volunteers, under Gen. Eppa Hunton, have been ordered to rendezvous at Dumfries for drill. B. H. Shackleford, esq., has been appointed aid, and is executing the above order."

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, 25 April, 1861

"The Fairfax Rifles, Captain W. A. Barnes, a fine looking company of men, arrived here yesterday, and went into barracks, on Prince street, near Fairfax."

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, 27 April, 1861 - From Alexandria

"The Warren Rifles reached Alexandria on Friday."

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, 29 April, 1861

"The Warrenton Riflemen, Capt. J. Q. Marr, 100 strong, all armed and equipped, left Warrenton for the seat of war, on Wednesday."

The Alexandria Gazette & Virginia Advertiser, 29 April, 1861 - Virginia News

"Captain Wm. H Dulany's Company Fairfax Riflemen, under command of Lieut. Wm. A. Barnes; the Border Guard, (Cavalry) Capt. M. Dulany Ball, and a detachment of Capt. James W. Jackson's Artillery Company, all left this place yesterday (Thursday) for Alexandria, where they will go into quarters for the present. Since writing the above the Riflemen have returned to this place."

The Alexandria Gazette & Virginia Advertiser, 29 April, 1861

"The Old Dominion Riflemen, of Alexandria, Capt. Herbert, are new in town. They are well drilled and a splendid body of men."

The Alexandria Gazette & Virginia Advertiser, 10 May, 1861 - Compliment

"We learn from a friend that the Irish Volunteers and Emmett Guards, stationed at Manassas Station, are in good spirits and are having a good time generally."

The Alexandria Gazette & Virginia Advertiser, 14 May, 1861 - Irish Volunteers

"The Warrenton Rifles, stationed at Bristoe, on the Orange Railroad, return their thanks to Messers Blacklock & Dent for very acceptable favours."

The Alexandria Gazette & Virginia Advertiser, 20 May, 1861 - Thanks

"Four companies of the First Regiment of Virginia Volunteers were at Fairfax Court-House on Monday evening, besides the Warrenton Rifles and five Cavalry Companies, viz.; Ball's, Chesterfield corps; Wickham's, (Hanover,) Prince William, Rappahannock and Black Horse Cavalry, of Fauquier. It was thought probable that Col. Maxcy Gregg's South Carolinians would take the place of the Richmond companies, and permit them to rejoin their Regiment at Manassas Junction."

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, 19 June, 1861 - Military

"On Thursday evening the detachment of the 1st Regiment stationed at Fairfax Courthouse, with the Warrenton and Prince William, Rifles, received orders to march to this place, which I must say did not please our boys very well, for having been sent forward, they did not like the idea of going backward when the enemy was almost within sight."

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, 25 June, 1861 - Camp Pickens, 22 June, 1861

"Early in February, 1861, the Alexandria Battalion having been organised, Captain Corse was elected its major, and First Lieut. A. Herbert suceeded to the command of the Old Dominion Rifles. The quota of troops furnished by old Alexandria to the Battalion was composed of the following companies: Alexandria Riflemen, Captain Morton Myre; Old Dominion Rifles, Captain A Herbert; Mount Vernon Guards, Captain S H Devaugh; Alexandria Artillery, Captain D Kemper."

History of the Seventeenth Virginia Infantry, C.S.A., by George Wise

"The Loudoun Guard left town on April 27 to join the Sixth Battalion of Virginia Volunteers in Alexandria, and they were part of the command that abandoned the city when Union troops crossed the river."

The Civil War in Loudoun County, Virginia: A history of hard times, by Stevan F Meserve

Supplement to the Official Records: Part II, Record of Events, Volume 71, Serial No.83: Record of events for the Seventeenth Virginia Infantry, April 1861-December 1864, edited by James B Hewett

Northern Virginia's own: The 17th Virginia Infantry Regiment, Confederate States Army, by William M Glasgow, Jr., colonel, United States Army, retired

The Virginia Regimental Histories Series: Seventeenth Virginia Infantry, by L A Wallace, Jr.

Manassas to Appomattox: The Civil War memoirs of Pvt. Edgar Warfield, 17th Virginia Infantry, by Edgar Warfield, Jr., and George Warfield

A guide to Virginia military organisations 1861-1865, Revised Second Edition by I A Wallace, Jr.

Notes

The 17th Virginia Infantry, Companies A, B, C, E, I, and H, were stationed at Alexandria, Virginia; Company D at Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia; and Companies D, F, G, and K at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 22 May, 1861.

Mustered in one year, Dumfries, Prince William County; Alexandria; Fairfax Station, Fairfax County; & Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, 17 April & 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, & 29 May, 1861: The 17th Virginia Infantry, Company K, was mustered in state service for one year at Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia, by Major W H Ker, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 17 April, 1861; Companies A and E for one year at Alexandria, Virginia, by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 21 May, 1861; Company D for one year at Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 21 May, 1861; Companies C and I for one year at Alexandria, Virginia, by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 23 May, 1861; Company B for one year at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, by Major G W Brent, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 26 May, 1861; Company F for one year on 27 May, 1861; Company H for one year on 28 May, 1861; and Company G on 29 May, 1861.

Note: The 17th Virginia Infantry was organised by General Orders No. 19, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 18 June, 1861.

Alexandria, Virginia, Companies A, E, & H, 17 February, 1861: The Alexandria Riflemen, the Mount Vernon Guards, and the Old Dominion Rifles were assigned to the Alexandria Battalion Volunteers, under the command of Major M D Corse, Old Dominion Rifles, at Alexandria, Virginia, on 17 February, 1861, and was redesignated the 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers on 27 April, 1861 (See the Garrison at Alexandria).

Warrenton, Fauquier County, to Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia, 24 & 27 April, 1861: The Warrenton Rifles was ordered to Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia, at 11 AM on 24 April, 1861, and was mustered in state service at Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia, by Major W H Ker, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 27 April, 1861.

Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, to Alexandria, Virginia, Company D, 25 April, 1861: The Fairfax Rifles, under the command of First Lieutenant W A Barnes, was ordered to Alexandria, Virginia, on 25 April, 1861, and was accompanied by the Border Guards, under the command of Captain M D Ball, and a detachment of Jackson's Artillery, under the command of Captain J W Jackson. The company arrived at Alexandria, Virginia, in the evening the same day.

Note: The Fairfax Rifles was stationed at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 29 April, 1861, and Jackson's Artillery was disbanded at Alexandria, Virginia, prior to 30 April, 1861.

Alexandria, Virginia, Companies G & I, 27 April & 20 May, 1861: The Emmett Guards and the O'Connell Guards were assigned to the 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers on 27 April and 20 May, 1861, respectively.

Front Royal, Warren County, & Haymarket, Prince William County, to Alexandria, Virginia, Companies B & F, 26-29 April, 1861: The Warren Rifles and the Prince William Rifles arrived at Alexandria, Virginia, on 26 and 29 April, 1861, respectively.

Front Royal, Warren County, & Haymarket, Prince William County, to Alexandria, Virginia, Companies B & F, 26-29 April, 1861: The Warren Rifles and the Prince William Rifles arrived at Alexandria, Virginia, on 26 and 29 April, 1861, respectively.

Aqueduct Bridge, Georgetown, D. C., 30 April, 1861: Detachments of the Washington Home Guards or Fairfax Cavalry were stationed at Aqueduct Bridge, Georgetown, D. C., 30 April, 1861.

Note: Brigadier General P St G Cocke, Provisional Army of Virginia, was ordered to proceed by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad to Culpeper Courthouse, Culpeper County, Virginia, at 7 AM on 28 April, 1861, and Major M D Corse, 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers, was assigned to command the troops at Alexandria, Virginia, by Special Orders No.7, Headquarters, Potomac Division, Alexandria, Virginia, at 1.30 PM, on 29 April, 1861.

Evacuation of Alexandria to Back Lick Run, in the vicinity of Springfield, Fairfax County, Virginia, Companies A, B, E, G, & H, 5-7 May, 1861: The Emmett Guards, the Old Dominion Rifles, the Mount Vernon Guards, the Alexandria Riflemen, and the Warren Rifles evacuated Alexandria, Virginia, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel A S Taylor, Provisional Army of Virginia, at 11 PM on 5 May, 1861, and were accompanied by the Irish Volunteers or Triplett's Heavy Artillery (See the Battalion Heavy Artillery). The Emmett Guards, the Old Dominion Rifles, the Mount Vernon Guards, the Alexandria Riflemen, and the Warren Rifles arrived at Camp Taylor, on Back Lick Run, in the vicinity of Springfield, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 6 AM on 6 May, 1861, and were ordered to Alexandria, Virginia, in the morning on 7 May, 1861.

Note: The Emmett Guards were ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, between 6 and 7 May, 1861, and was accompanied by the Irish Volunteers or Triplett's Heavy Artillery.

Distribution of troops, Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, & K, 8 May, 1861: The Emmett Guards and the Prince William Rifles were stationed at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia; the Alexandria Riflemen, the Old Dominion Rifles, the Mount Vernon Guards, and the Warren Rifles, at Alexandria, Virginia; and the Fairfax Rifles at Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia; the Loudoun Guards, at Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, and the Warrenton Rifles at Bristoe Station, Prince William County, Virginia, on 8 May, 1861.

Leesburg, Loudoun County, to Alexandria, Virginia, Company C, 8 May 1861: The Loudoun Guards was ordered to proceed by the Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire Railroad to Alexandria, Virginia, on 8 May, 1861, and was accompanied by the Loudoun Cavalry (See the Independent Cavalry).

Note: The Loudoun Guards was ordered to proceed by the Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire Railroad to Alexandria, Virginia, on 24 April, 1861, and proceeded to Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, on 25 April, 1861.

Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, Company D, 8-21 May 1861: The Fairfax Rifles was stationed at Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, between 8 and 21 May, 1861.

Manassas Junction, Virginia, Companies F & K, 11 & 14 May, 1861: The Warrenton Rifles was stationed at Bristoe Station, Prince William County, Virginia, on 11 May, 1861, and the Prince William Rifles at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 14 May, 1861.

Dumfries to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, Company K, 30 April-7 May, 1861: The Warrenton Rifles arrived at Warrenton Springs, Fauquier County, Virginia, on 30 April, 1861, and was ordered to proceed by the Warrenton Branch, Orange & Alexandria Railroad, to Bristoe Station, Prince William County, Virginia, on 7 May, 1861. The company arrived at Bristoe Station, Prince William County, Virginia, the same day.

Note: The Warrenton Rifles was stationed at Bristoe Station, Prince William County, Virginia, on 20 May, 1861.

Bristoe Station, Prince William County, to Manassas Junction & Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, Company K, 22 & 23 May, 1861: The Warrenton Rifles was ordered to proceed by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad to Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 22 May, 1861, and to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 23 May, 1861.

Troops stationed at Alexandria, Virginia, 24 May, 1861: 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers (Alexandria Riflemen, Mount Vernon Guards, Old Dominion Rifles, O'Connell Guards); Washington Home Guards or Fairfax Cavalry, the Border Guards; Loudoun Guards, Warren Rifles

Evacuation of Alexandria, Virginia, Companies A, B, C, E, H, & I, 24 May, 1861: The 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers, the Loudoun Guards, and the Warren Rifles, evacuated Alexandria, Virginia, under the command of Colonel G H Terrett, Provisional Army of Virginia, in the morning on 24 May 1861, and were accompanied by the Fairfax Cavalry or Washington Home Guards (See Wickham's Squadron Cavalry). The 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers, the Loudoun Guards, and the Warren Rifles, arrived at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 11 AM the same day.

Note: Thirty-six men of the Border Guards, under the command of Captain M D Ball, were captured at Price, Birch & Co Slave Pen, on Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia, in the morning on 24 May, 1861.

Manassas Junction, Prince William County, to Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, Company E, 30 May, 1861: The Mount Vernon Guards was ordered to proceed by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad to Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 30 May, 1861.

Note: Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, was originally known as Lee's Station between 1851 and 1852.

Skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, Company K, 1 June, 1861: The Warrenton Rifles was ordered to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 31 May, 1861, and was engaged in a skirmish between 3 and 4 AM on 1 June, 1861. Captain J Q Marr, Warrenton Rifles, was killed in the morning the same day and First Lieutenant B H Shackleford, Warrenton Rifles, was appointed captain, , Warrenton Rifles, at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 3 June, 1861 (See the Skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse).

Note: The Warrenton Rifles, the Rappahannock Cavalry, and the Prince William Cavalry were stationed at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel R S Ewell, cavalry, Confederate States Army, on 1 June, 1861.

Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, Company E, 3 June, 1861: The Mount Vernon Guards was ordered to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 3 June, 1861, and arrived the same day.

Manassas Junction, Prince William County, to Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, Company I, 4 June, 1861: The O'Connell Guards, 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers, under the command of Captain S W Prestman, was assigned to detached service taking up and obstructing the Orange & Alexandria Railroad in the vicinity of Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, by Special Orders No. 6, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 3 June, 1861, and was ordered to procceed by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad to Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 8 AM on 4 June, 1861.

Note: The O'Connell Guards was accompanied by the Craig Mountain Boys and the Patty Lane Rifle Greys, under the command of Captain M P Spessard, Craig Mountian Boys, to Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 8 AM on 4 June, 1861 (See the 28th Virginia Infantry).

Fairfax Courthouse to Fairfax Station & Sangster's or W Elzey's Crossroads, two miles south of Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, Company E, 4 & 6 June, 1861: The Mount Vernon Guards was ordered to Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the morning on 4 June, 1861, and to Sangster's or W Elzey's Crossroads, two miles south of Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 6 June, 1861.

Note: The Fairfax Rifles was stationed at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 7 June, 1861.

General Orders No.25, Headquarters, Virginia Forces, Richmond, Virginia, 8 June, 1861: The 17th Virginia Infantry was assigned to the Confederate States by General Orders No.25, Headquarters, Virginia Forces, Richmond, Virginia, on 8 June, 1861, and was accepted in Confederate service on 1 July, 1861.

Note: The Fairfax Rifles, the Mount Vernon Guards, the Goochland Light Dragoons, and the Governor's Mounted Guard were stationed at Sangster's or W Elzey's Crossroads, two miles south of fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 9 June, 1861 (See the Jenifer's Battalion Cavalry).

Manassas Junction, Prince William County, to Burkes Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, Company I, 9 June, 1861: The O'Connell Guards, 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers, was assigned as sappers and miners to Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, by Special Orders No. 12, Paragraphs I & II, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 8 June, 1861, and was ordered to destroy the Orange & Alexandria Railroad between Burkes Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, and a point indicated by Special Orders No. 12, Paragraphs III, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 10 AM on 9 June, 1861, dated 8 June, 1861.

Note: A company of infantry was assigned as support to the O'Connell Guards, 6th Virginia Battalion Volunteers, by Special Orders No. 12, Paragraph III, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 8 June, 1861, and the 17th Virginia Infantry was organised at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, by General Orders No.19, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 18 June, 1861. The 17th Virginia Infantry, Company G, was stationed at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 13 June and 2 July, 1861.

Sangster's or W Elzey's Crossroads, two miles south of Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, Company D, 19 June, 1861: The 17th Virginia Infantry, Company D, was stationed at Sangster's or W Elzey's Crossroads, two miles south of Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 19 June, 1861.

Note: The 17th Virginia Infantry was assigned to the Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Colonel G H Terrett, Provisional Army of Virginia, by General Orders No.20, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 20 June, 1861.

Sangster's or W Elzey's Crossroads, two miles south of Fairfax County, to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, Companies D & E, 19 June, 1861: The 17th Virginia Infantry, Companies D and E, were ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.46, Paragraph II, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 19 June, 1861.

Note: The 17th Virginia Infantry, Company E, was stationed at Sangster's or W Elzey's Crossroads, two miles south of Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, between 6 and 19 June, 1861.

Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, Companies F & K, 21 June, 1861: The 17th Virginia Infantry, Companies F and K, were ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.46, Paragraph II, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 5 AM on 21 June, 1861, dated 19 June, 1861, and were accompanied by the 1st Virginia Infantry, Companies B, D, G, and K, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel W H Fry. Companies F and K arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, via Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, the same day (See the 1st Virginia Infantry).

Note: The 17th Virginia Infantry, Company F, was stationed at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 19 June, 1861, and the 17th Virginia Infantry at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 21 June, 1861. Brigadier General J Longstreet, Confederate States Army, arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 2 July, 1861, and was assigned to command the Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, by Special Orders No.92, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 5 July, 1861.

Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, Company I, 16 July, 1861: The 17th Virginia Infantry, Company I, was assigned to special service at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.118, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 16 July, 1861.

Skirmish at Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, 18 July, 1861: The 17th Virginia Infantry was ordered to Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, on 17 July, 1861, and was engaged in a skirmish between 11 AM and 4.30 PM on 18 July, 1861.

After the first battle of Manassas the 17th Virginia Infantry was stationed at Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, in the evening on 21 July, 1861.

Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, to the junction of the old Braddock Road & the road between Union Mills (Station) & Centreville, one & a half miles southeast of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, 24 July, 1861: The 17th Virginia Infantry was ordered to the junction of the old Braddock Road and the road between Union Mills (Station) and Centreville, one and a half miles southeast of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.146, Paragraph I, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, in the morning on 24 July, 1861, dated 22 July, 1861.

Organisation of Fourth Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, 25 July, 1861: 1st Virginia Infantry, 7th Virginia Infantry, 11th Virginia Infantry, 17th Virginia Infantry, Richmond Howitzer Battalion Artillery, 1st Company; 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies B, E, F, and I

Note: The 17th Virginia Infantry was assigned to the Fourth Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Brigadier General J Longstreet, by Special Orders No.169, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac,Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 25 July, 1861.

Junction of old Braddock Road & the road between Union Mills (Station) & Centreville, one and a half miles southeast of Centreville, Fairfax County, to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, 10 August, 1861: The 17th Virginia Infantry was ordered to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.216, Paragraph III, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 10 August, 1861, dated 9 August, 1861, and arrived at Camp Harrison, Headquarters, Fourth Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, the same day.

Lieutenant Colonel W P Munford, 1st Virginia Infantry, 28 August, 1861: Lieutenant Colonel W P Munford, 1st Virginia Infantry, was temporarily assigned to the 24th Virginia Infantry by Special Orders No. 278, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 28 August, 1861 (See the 24th Virginia Infantry).

Note: The 17th Virginia Infantry was stationed at Camp Harrison, in the vicinity of Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 31 August, 1861.

Reorganised at Yorktown, York County, Virginia, 26, 27, & 28 April, 1862: The 17th Virginia Infantry, Companies A, D, F, G, H, I, and K, were reorganised at Yorktown, York County, Virginia, on 26 April, 1861, Company E on 27 April, 1861, and Companies B and C on 28 April, 1861.

Surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse, Appomattox County, Virginia, 9 April, 1865: The 17th Virginia Infantry, under the command of Major General G E Pickett, surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse, Appomattox County, Virginia, on 9 April, 1865.

Brigadier General J Longstreet, Confederate States Army, Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac: Major J Longstreet, paymaster, United States Army, resigned at Alburqueue, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, on 1 June, 1861, and was stationed at Galveston, on Galveston and Pelican Islands, Galveston County, Texas, on 10 June, 1861. Lieutenant Colonel J Longstreet, infantry, Confederate States Army, proceeded by schooner to Richmond, Virginia, at 2 PM on 11 June, 1861, and arrived at Brashear City, Berwick's Bay, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, in the evening on 14 June, 1861. He arrived at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, in the evening on 16 June, 1861, and proceeded by the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad to Richmond, Virginia, in the evening on 17 June, 1861. Lieutenant Colonel J Longstreet was appointed brigadier general, Confederate States Army, on 17 June, 1861, and arrived by the Richmond & Danville Railroad at Richmond, Virginia, on 21 June, 1861. Brigadier General J Longstreet, Confederate States Army, arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 2 July, 1861, and was assigned to command the Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, by Special Orders No.92, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 5 July, 1861.

Note: Major J Longstreet, paymaster, United States Army, was appointed lieutenant colonel, infantry, Confederate States Army, at Richmond, Virginia, on 1 May, 1861, dated 16 March, 1861.

The 17th Virginia Infantry was assigned to the Fourth Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Brigadier General J Longstreet, by Special Orders No.169, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac,Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 25 July, 1861.

Reports

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.76A: Series I, Volume 51 (Serial No.107), Chapter IX, p33-34
Colonel M D Corse, Seventeenth Virginia Infantry, of action at Blackburn's Ford, 18 July, 1861, dated Bull Run River, 19 July, 1861

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.101: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, p544
Colonel M D Corse, Seventeenth Virginia Infantry, dated Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, 22 July, 1861

OFFICIAL REPORT No.100: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), pp543-544
Brigadier General J Longstreet, Confederate States Army, Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, dated 28 July, 1861