Jim, at the Historical Data Systems, Inc., civilwardata.com site, you will find a roster of some 224 men from the Consolidated 8th Mississippi Infantry Battalion. I copy for your information the first in your list.
Re your reference to the National Archives, my experience has been that Compiled Service Records for Confederate units over the last year of the war are quite sparse, and almost nonexistent for 1865. Reason seems to be they never were received in Richmond due to Yankees blocking the mail routes.
8th Battalion Consolidated MS Infantry
Organized: Smithfield, NC on 4/9/65 Mustered Out: 4/26/65
John W. Cooley
Residence was not listed; 21 years old.
Enlisted on 7/17/1861 as a Private.
On 7/17/1861 he mustered into "G" Co. MS 8th Infantry
He was transferred out on 4/9/1865 at Smithfield, NC
On 4/9/1865 he transferred into "G" Co. MS 8th Cons Infantry
He was Surrendered on 4/26/1865 at Durham Station, NC
born 5/26/1840 in Jasper County, MS
died 3/12/1916 in Seminary, MS
Buried: Kelly Family Cemetery, Seminary, MS
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records
- Mississippi Confederate Grave Registry