The West Augusta Guard

Home of the 5th Virginia Infantry Company "L"





The WAG Remembers one of our own. 

1st Sgt. Bobby Anderson 1967-2013

Rest in Peace, Brother.


The New Flag of the 5th Virginia Infantry Co. L


The West Augusta Guard Celebrate Veteran's Day

Members of the 5th Virginia, Co. L, march down West Beverley Street during the parade. They are joined by members of the 11th Virginia, Co. G as well as the Liberty Hall Volunteers.

Thank you to our friends from

 the 11th Va Inf. Co. G, 4th Va Inf. Co I, 5th Va Inf. Co. E

and the Valley Pike Fife and Drum Corps for making this a great event.

The WAG at Manassas 2011


Pvt. James W. Bare


Faces of the WAG

Private James W. Bare


150 years ago on December 2, 1859 Pvt. James W. Bare, along with the rest of the West Augusta Guard witnessed the execution of John Brown in Charlestown, Virginia.  This photograph was struck on December 2, 1859.   

James W. Bare was born in Augusta Co. in 1839. He was the son of Henry and Mary Bare. His brother John served also in the WAG.  His occupation was that of a tailor.  Pvt. Bare joined the 5th Virginia Infantry along with the WAG and fought throughout the Civil War.  He rose to the rank of corporal in 1862.  He was mortally wounded September 19, 1864 at the Battle of Third Winchester and succumbed to his wounds in a hospital in Staunton on October 19, 1864. He is thought to be buried in Thornrose Cemetery.  He was age twenty five. 

  Welcome to the West Augusta Guard web site.  We are a reenactment group portraying the men of Augusta County in the 5th Virginia Infantry.  The WAGs were formed in the Fall of 2007 when a group of friends decided to get back to the roots of reenacting... honoring our ancestors and the men who fought during the Civil War and having a great deal of fun.  We are dedicated to educating the public about the life of the common soldier through living histories and participating at numerous schools in the area.  We are affiliated with Longstreet's Corps and attend numerous events with them.  Please feel free to stop by and browse our site, if you have questions feel free to contact us. 

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The Second Issue Regimental Flag of the 5th Virginia Infantry.