23rd Virginia Infantry Battalion
23rd Virginia Infantry Battalion was formed in January, 1862, with five companies, later increased to eight. It was attached to Echols’ and Patton’s Brigade, fought at Greenbrier River, then lost eighteen percent of the 350 engaged at Droop Mountain. During 1864 it was active in the Shenandoah Valley and in mid-April, 1865, disbanded.
The field officers were Lieutenant Colonel Clarence Derrick; and Majors William Blessing, William P. Cecil, and David S. Hounshell.
[Source: National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
West Virginia counties contributing soldiers: Mercer, Raleigh, Wyomin