Assuming the name should be Claiborne Rifles I can find no reference to the unit in "Personnel of the
Civil War" by William Frayne Amann. Either they failed to muster in or changed
Finally identified this compny, they were Co G, 16th Miss. Infantry. Also known as the Fairview Rifles.
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DAILY CONSTITUTIONALIST [AUGUSTA, GA], December 17, 1861, p. 2, c. 2
Picket Confabs.—The Vicksburg Whig says the following conversation recently occurred between the opposing pickets across the river near Leesburg:
Mr. Yankee.—Halloo, over there; who are you?
V. S.—We are Mississippians.
V. S.—The Fifty-Second.
Yankee.—Pshaw! we know better than that—you havenít got any fifty-two regiments from your State. Where did you get your uniform? [The uniform of the Volunteer Southrons, blue cloth with red trimmings, very much resembles the Yankee uniform.]
V. S.—Took it away from your fellows over here the other day.
Yankee.—We are coming over again soon.
V. S.—Well come ahead; we want more clothes.
Yankee.—Weíve got a splendid American eagle over on this side of the river.
V. S.—But heís afraid to come over here.
Yankee.—Iíll come over and exchange papers if you wonít hurt me.
V. S.—You chaps usually get hurt coming over here, and Iíd advise you to stay there.
Yankee.—Have you heard from Port Royal?
V. S.—No; but we heard from Leesburg, and I guess you did too.
Co. E, 2nd Mississippi Infantry. Our uniforms, consisting of gray jackets, trousers, and caps, were very nice. We also drew knapsacks, haversacks, and cartridge boxes. 0ur guns were the old army muskets, though they looked new.
SIMPLE STORY OF A SOLDIER BY SAMUEL HANKINS, MERIDIAN, MISS