61st Infantry Regiment was organized at Petersburg, Virginia, in October 1862, using the 7th Battalion Virginia Infantry as its nucleus. The men were from Portsmouth, and the counties of Norfolk, Isle of Wight, and Greensville. It was assigned to General Mahone's and Weisiger's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. The 61st participated in many battles from Sharpsburg to Cold Harbor, endured the hardships of the Petersburg trenches south of the James River, and ended the war at Appomattox. It reported 1 wounded at Fredericksburg, had 4 killed and 28 wounded at Chancellorsville, and lost about eight percent of the 356 engaged at Gettysburg. The regiment surrendered 10 officers and 107 men. Its field officers were Colonels Virginius D. Groner and Samuel M. Wilson, Lieutenant Colonels William F. Niemeyer and William H. Stewart, and Major Charles R. McAlpine.
Benjamin Kirby --Sergeant--Co. C. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Confederate section, plot 264.