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70 Southern Historical Society Papers.

T. Moore, Thomas Murphy, W. Newell, C. M. Nimmo, O. O. Owens, George Peters, John Quarles, M. C. Randolph, P. Robinson, T. M. Rutherfoord, J. Slater, G. W. Semple, Edgar D. Taylor, W. R. Tyree, W. C. Templeman, J. Taliaferro, B. D. Tucker, W. Yarbrough, James Walsh, Thomas H. Walsh, Kennon Wrenn, G. Doswell, M. Mitchell, E. A. Willis, C. H. Quarles, C. Llewellyn, B. Sheppa.rd, Columbus Shriver, Henry Grant, C. F. Taylor, George Watt.

Many of the names on the roll will be identified with the oldest families in Richmond, and with the rebuilding of the city, materially, financially, commercially, and otherwise after the evacuation fire. Company G served to the end of the war, taking part in the operations against Butler on the southside, . in those supporting Stuart at Yellow Tavern, and in the move- ments at Fort Harrison. The average age of its members, when the war ended, was about seventeen years. Between its organi- zation and the end several of its members on, or before attain- ing military age, joined other commands.

Colonel McAnerney, in a recent letter, pays this tribute to the members of the boy company:

"One of the most interesting features of the night's work was the splendid action of a large number of the younger sons of the best families of Richmond, who, on account of their youth, were not permitted to enter the (regulars) army, and chafing under the restraint, joined my command and were in the thickest of the fight. Many of them received sabre cuts and other in- juries. These young men afterwards organized (reorganized) the famous 'Company G,' under Captain Gay, and were regu- larly attached to our regiment, doing valiant service, and under- going all hardships to the close of the war. Many of them are now the leading bankers, merchants and professional men of Richmond, and I always remember the courage and fortitude they displayed until the close of the war."

The writer has felt it no less a duty to other members of the battalion, and of the regiment, than to the members of his own