The 1st Virginia Militia or the "Richmond Grays"

This image is one of the most misidentified photographs published about the Civil War. Usually referred to as ‘young Confederates off to war’ it actually shows members of Company A, First Virginia Infantry, the “Richmond Grays,” at John Brown’s execution in 1859. The Valentine Museum

They posed for this famous photograph while on guard duty in Charles Town, VA (now Charlestown, WV) during the trial and execution of John Brown. The ‘Grays,’ like the “Continental Morgan Guard” is perpetuated in the Virginia Guard today, as a element of the 276th Engineer Battalion.
Virginia National Guard Historical Collection

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