Historical Sketch & Roster of the Alabama 42nd Infantry Regiment

Historical Sketch & Roster of the Alabama 42nd Infantry Regiment

by John C. Rigdon


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The 42nd Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized at Columbus, MS, in May 1862, composed principally of men who reorganized, in two or three instances, as entire companies after serving a year as the 2nd Alabama Infantry Regiment. Slightly more than seven hundred officers and enlisted men were mustered into service as members of the regiment.

It was part of the garrison of Vicksburg and lost 10 killed and about 50 wounded there, with the remainder captured at the surrender. The 42nd was in parole camp at Demopolis, then it joined the Army of Tennessee. It fought with severe losses at Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge.
In the spring of 1864, the 42nd fought at Resaca with a loss of 59 killed and wounded. It was then continually skirmishing until the battle of New Hope, where its loss was comparatively light as it was at Atlanta the 22nd of July. On the 28th of July, the loss was heavy. A few days later, the regiment was sent to Spanish Fort where it remained on garrison duty during the fall and until January 1865. It then moved into North Carolina, participated in the battle of Bentonville, and surrendered with the army.

Records indicate that the Forty-Second Alabama Infantry was detached from the main body of the Army of Tennessee in early April 1865. The unit was on duty guarding the Yadkin River Bridge when it received the news of the surrender.
Companies Of The Alabama 42nd Infantry Regiment

Co. A.....from Monroe County
Co. B.....from Pickens County
Co. C.....Johnson's Avengers from Wilcox
Co. D.....from Pickens County
Co. E.....McCulloch Avengers from Conecuh County
Co. F.....From Fayette County
Co. G.....From Talladega County
Co. H.....From Monroe County
Co. I.....Hinson Guards from Mobile County
Co. K.....Bull Mountain Invincibles From Marion County

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514829455
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/04/2015
Series: Confederate Regimental History Series , #65
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

John Rigdon has authored a number of books on the Civil War and is the manager of the web site, Research OnLine, (www.researchonline.net) the premier site for researching Civil War ancestors in the Civil War. His titles include the Historical Sketch and Roster Volumes (1100 plus titles) and a dozen volumes in the "We Fought" series focusing on particular battles and commanders. Additionally John works in translation of materials for Haitian Creole and several languages of West Africa including French, Mòoré, Bambara, and Dioula (Jula).

John resides in the foothills of the Appalachians outside Cartersville, GA. where he enjoys gardening and aquaponics. You may reach him at jrigdon@researchonline.net

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