Hanover Grays


The Hanover Grays formed at Hanover County court house Va. in Dec. of 1859 as a militia unit.

When the War Between The States broke out the State Of Virginia accepted the Hanover Grays into Co. I 3rd Reg. Va. Volunteers. After the battle of Bethel Church which was the first battle of the War Between The States the Regiment was entered into Co. I 15th Va. Infantry C.S.A.. They were assigned to Semmes Brigade, Mclaws Division of Longstreet's Corps. At the battle of Sharpsburg the Hanover Grays had a casualty rate of 58.5%. After recruiting new members they went on to fight in Corse's Brigade, Pickets Division Longstreet's Corps and fought in all the campaigns and battles to the end at Appomattox Court House Va.

In the spring of 1977 Wesley Smith who's Great Grandfather fought in the Hanover Grays and Sterling Neblett formed the Hanover Grays with 11 members in the Central Va. Region.

In the spring of 2010 the Hanover Grays transferred to the Tidewater Region as all of our shoots were at their range.

Today we still have two members, a father and son who are direct descendants of William Henry Smith from Co. I Hanover Grays 15th Va. Inf. C.S.A.. They are Steve Smith and his son William Henry Smith after his G.G.G. Grandfather.

Presently we compete in Musket,Carbine and rifled cannon. Our members come from Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, Amelia, Richmond and New Kent.

Keith Zimmerman

Steve Armendinger

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