The 11th Alabama Volunteer Regiment in the Civil War

Overview

From inception to the final roll call, this regimental history traces the 11th Regiment of Alabama Volunteers from its 1861 creation to the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. The work follows the 11th Alabama through various battles including Manassas, Fredericksburg, Salem Church and Gettysburg. Drawing on personal correspondence such as letters and diaries, it presents the soldiers as individuals and contributes to the dialogue on why the typical Southern soldier fought in the war. The geographical movement ...

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Overview

From inception to the final roll call, this regimental history traces the 11th Regiment of Alabama Volunteers from its 1861 creation to the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. The work follows the 11th Alabama through various battles including Manassas, Fredericksburg, Salem Church and Gettysburg. Drawing on personal correspondence such as letters and diaries, it presents the soldiers as individuals and contributes to the dialogue on why the typical Southern soldier fought in the war. The geographical movement of the regiment throughout the war, its key leaders and the organization of its companies are also discussed in detail. There are 81 period photographs that add to the story of this remarkable unit.

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Civil War News
Griffin is clear and concise in his story...a valuable resource. Griffin has made a significant contribution. He has ably honored one of the foremost fighting regiments in the Confederate Army
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786471584
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/15/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,214,815
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald G. Griffin lives in Theodore, Alabama.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 The Birth of a New Alabama Infantry Regiment 3

The Process of Raising and Organizing a Confederate Military Unit in 1861 3

2 The Organization of the 11th Alabama Infantry Regiment 35

The Companies are Ordered to Rendezvous Camps 35

The Companies are Mustered into Confederate Service 48

The Regiment is Organized and Equipped at Lynchburg 50

The Regiment is Furthered Organized and Equipped at Richmond 52

3 A Whirlwind Week at Winchester 56

The Departure for Winchester 56

The 11th Alabama's Stay at Winchester 57

The 11th Alabama Departs for Manassas 59

4 The Battle of Sickness and Boredom at Manassas 63

The Arrival at Manassas Junction 63

The Experiences and Developments Near the Lewis House 64

The Arrival Near Bristoe Station 70

The Encampment Near Centreville 73

The Encampment at Cub Run 77

A New Encampment Near Centreville 81

Winter Quarters Near the Lewis House 84

5 A Baptism in Blood: The 11th Alabama in the Seven Days Battle 90

From Manassas to the Peninsula 90

The 11th Alabama's Position and Duties at Yorktown 91

From Yorktown to Seven Pines 95

The Battle of Seven Pines 96

From Seven Pines to Gaines' Mill 101

The Battle of Gaines' Mill 101

From Gaines' Mill to Frayser's Farm 107

The Battle of Frayser's Farm 108

A Summary of Regimental Losses During the Seven Days 113

6 The Crippled 11th Marches into Maryland 115

From Frayser's Farm to Gordonsville 115

From Gordonsville to Manassas 118

The Battle of Second Manassas: August 29, 1862 120

The Battle of Second Manassas: August 30, 1862 121

From Manassas to Harpers Ferry 122

The Battle of Sharpsburg 124

7 Bombarded at Fredericksburg and the Proud Day at Salem Church 127

The Stay at Winchester 127

From Winchester to Culpeper Court House 128

From Culpeper Court House to Fredericksburg 130

The Battle of Fredericksburg 130

Military Developments from Fredericksburg to Salem Church 132

The Passing of Time at Fredericksburg 134

Events Leading up to the Battle of Salem Church 136

The Battle of Salem Church 137

8 The Brave Charges at Gettysburg 146

Military Developments from Salem Church to Gettysburg 146

The Trip from Fredericksburg to Gettysburg 147

The 11th Alabama on the First Day of Battle: July 1, 1863 149

The 11th Alabama on the Second Day of Battle: July 2, 1863 150

The 11th Alabama on the Third Day of Battle: July 3, 1863 154

The Casualties of the 11th Alabama at Gettysburg 156

The Prisoners of the 11th Alabama at Gettysburg 158

A Brief Evaluation of the Gettysburg Campaign 160

9 The Lull Before the Storm 161

From Gettysburg to Orange Court House 161

The Encampment at Orange Court House 163

The Bristoe Station Campaign 167

Winter Quarters at Orange Court House, 1863-1864 168

10 The Conflict Fiercely Intensifies: The Wilderness and Spotsylvania 175

The Battle of the Wilderness: May 6, 1864 175

The Battle of the Wilderness: May 7, 1864 178

The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: May 8-12, 1864 179

11 The Battles to the Trenches of Petersburg 184

The Engagement at Hanover Junction: May 24, 1864 184

The Battle at Atlee's Station: June 1, 1864 186

The Battle of Turkey Ridge: June 3, 1864 187

The Battle of Wilcox Farm: June 22, 1864 188

Skirmish Near Ream's Station: June 23, 1864 192

Skirmish with Kautz and Wilson's Raiders: June 29, 1864 193

The Battle of the Crater: July 30, 1864 195

The Battle of White's Tavern: August 16, 1864 202

The Battle of Davis Farm: August 21, 1864 205

The Battle of Ream's Station: August 25, 1864 208

12 The Desperate Struggle for Petersburg is Lost 210

Events Following the Battle of Ream's Station 210

The Battle of Burgess Mill: October 27, 1864 213

Events Between Burgess Mill and the End of 1864 215

Experiences in the Winter of 1865 to Hatcher's Run 217

The Battle of Hatcher's Run: February 6, 1865 218

Some Closing Scenes of the War 220

The Battle of Farmville: April 7, 1865 221

The 11th Alabama at Appomattox Court House: April 9, 1865 225

Some Closing Thoughts on the 11th Alabama 227

13 The Final Roll-Call of the 11th Alabama Infantry 229

The Field Officers 229

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company A 230

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company B 233

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company C 235

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company D 236

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company E 239

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company F 240

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company G 243

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company H 245

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company I 250

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company K 253

Chapter Notes 257

Bibliography 263

Index 269

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