Manchester Elliott Grays history and roster, undated
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In the early Sixties, a group of youths gathered at Butler's Store at 8th and Hull Street, and being enthusiastic with the spirit of patriotism, organized themselves into a military unit. They were drilled in the Ballroom of the home of Mrs. Jane Wyatt Donly (Grandmother of Mrs. Charles W. Schaadt) on Hull Street, between 11th and 12th, by Captain William Whitworth. By April 1861 they had increased to 100 in number and applied in Manchester to form a battalion to be known as the Manchester Grays, Company B. 192 Militia. Captain Wyatt A. Elliott and Captain Louis F. Bossieux of the Richmond Grays drilled this Militia. Later this unit became the Manchester Elliott Grays, honoring Captain Elliott. On May 9, 1861 the Manchester Elliott Grays proceeded to the Custom House and were received into the Service by the State of Virginia by the Inspector General, with the following officers: Louis F. Bossieux, Captain; Henry Fitzgerald, 1st Lieutenant; Walter S. Day; 2nd Lieutenant; and John S. Whitworth, 3rd Lieutenant. Captain Louis Bossieux received the Flag (made by Mrs Frederick Redford and her daughter Miss Maggie Redford) on the Market Square after a service had been held at the old 9th Street Methodist Church, of which Reverend Thomas H. Haynes was Pastor. From there they marched to the Petersburg Depot to board the train for Norfolk, to the tune of "The Girl I Left Behind Me", played by Alexander Baxter, fifer and Charles Mosby, drummer. Reaching Norfolk, Virginia, they were assigned Company I. 6th Virginia Infantry, Mahone's Brigade. They were placed in charge of Fort Nelson, Naval Hospital, until the evacuation of Norfolk by the Confederates, May 10, 1862. Joined Magruder's forces on the Peninsula and under General Joseph E. Johnston assisted in the defense of Yorktown and Williamsburg when these two places were occupied by the Federal Army under General McClellan. On May 1862 the Unit passed through Manchester at which time 50 man [sic] were added to the Company. They continued under General Johnston's command until he was wounded at Seven Pines and the Command was assumed by General Lee. The first of the Company killed in battle was Charles Rushbrook at the Battle before Richmond. The first wounded was Henry Jordon in a skirmish near White Oak Swamp, where he was gallantly engaged. In 1863 Captain Bossieux resigned, returned to Richmond and with Colonel Elliott raised the City Battalion a command of Companies 5 and 6 with quarters at the old Fair ground and Lieutenant John S. Whitworth became Captain of the Elliott Grays, which Command he held until the end of the war. The Elliott Grays fought in 27 Battles in all and furled their colors up to the Surrender at Appomattox Court House.