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at the organization of the regiment, but was shortly after succeeded by John W. Graves. The company numbered in all 145 men. Hamilton Scales, of Stokes county, was captain of H Company, which numbered in all 200 men. I Company's first captain was Shubal G. Worth, of Randolph county. The company numbered 1 88 men. Alney Burgin, of McDowell county, was first captain of K Company. Robert H. Gray, of L Company, and John M. Odell, of M Company, which numbered, respectively, during their several terms of service, 151, 178, and 146 men. These figures are men- tioned here for convenience, and represent, of course, enlistments and assignments for the whole period of the war. At the comple- tion of its organization the regiment numbered nearly 1,000 enlisted men. Shortly after its organization it was ordered to Virginia, and made its first halt in Richmond. Remaining in camp there for a short time, it was next ordered to the Potomac to form part of the command of General Theophilus H. Holmes, and was first stationed at Brooks' station near Acquia creek. Soon, however, it marched to Evansport, a point on the Potomac river, the present Quantico station, between the Chappawansic and Quantico creeks, where bat- teries of heavy guns were to be established to blockade the Potomac below Washington. Going into camp at this place late in Septem- ber, the regiment was stationed there during the autumn and winter of 1 86 1-' 62, on duty in the erection and support of the batteries which were in great part constructed by details of its men. There were three of these batteries at first, mounted with g-inch Dalghren guns, smooth bore 32 and 42 pounders, and one heavy rifled Blakely gun, and they were thought to be formidable in those days. No. 2 Battery was in part manned by Company I, of the regiment, detailed for that purpose, where it continued to serve as long as the post was occupied. After the batteries opened, traffic by water to Washington ceased almost entirely, but the river there being about two miles wide, some craft succeeded in running the gauntlet from time to time, among others the steam sloop of war Pensacola, which passed at night.
While on duty at Evansport, about the middle of October, 1861, the following roster of the line officers of the regiment, with the dates of their commissions, was returned:
Company A: Thomas D. Jones, captain, August 8, 1861; J. B. Clark, first lieutenant, Augusts, 1861; Felix G. Dula, second lieu- tenant, August 8, 1861; William W. Dickson, second lieutenant, August 8, 1861.