15th Regiment Alabama Infantry
The 15th Regiment of Alabama Infantry was a Confederate volunteer infantry unit from the state of Alabama during the American Civil War.
Recruited from six counties in the southeastern part of the state, Barbour, Dale, Henry, Macon, Pike, and Russell Counties and organized at Ft. Mitchell in Russell County in the summer of 1861. It fought mostly with Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, though it also saw brief service with Braxton Bragg and the Army of Tennessee in late 1863 before returning to Virginia in early 1864 for the duration of the war.
Skirmishes and Battles
The unit fought in many skirmishes and battles including:
Winchester, Va. May 25, 1862
Fredericksburg, Va. Dec 23, 1862
Cross Keys, Va. Jun. 8, 1862
Gettysburg, Pa. Jul. 2-5, 1863
Cold Harbor, Va. Jun. 27, 1862
Chickamauga, Ga. Sept. 19-20, 1863
Malvern Hill, Va. Jul. 2, 1862
Wilderness, Va. May 6, 1864
Cedar Mountain, Va. Aug. 9, 1862
Spotsylvania CH, Va. May 8-19, 1864
Second Manassas, Va. Aug. 28-30, 1862
North Anna, Va. May 25, 1864
Chantilly, Va. Sept. 1, 1862
2nd Cold Harbor, Va. Jun. 3, 1864
Sharpsburg, Va. Sept. 17, 1862
Vicinity of Petersburg, Va. Jun. 1864-Apr. 1865
Out of 1958 men listed on the regimental rolls throughout the conflict, 261 are known to have fallen in battle, with sources listing an additional 416 deaths due to disease. 218 were captured (46 died), 66 deserted and 61 were transferred or discharged. By the end of the war, only 170 men remained to be paroled.
15th Regiment Alabama Infantry Organization:
The 15th initially consisted of approximately 900 men; its companies, and their counties of origin, were:
Co. “A”, known as “Cantey’s Rifles”, from Russell County;
Co. “B”, known as the “Midway Southern Guards”, from Barbour County;
Co. “C”, no nickname given, from Macon County;
Co. “D”, known as the “Fort Browder Roughs”, from Barbour County;
Co. “E”, known as the “Beauregards”, from Dale County (which then included parts of present-day Geneva and Houston counties);
Co. “F”, known as the “Brundidge Guards”, from Pike County;
Co. “G”, known as the “Henry Pioneers”, from Henry County (which then included nearly all of present-day Houston County);
Co. “H”, known as the “Glenville Guards”, from Barbour and Dale counties;
Co. “I”, “Quitman Guards”, from Pike County;
Co. “K”, known as the “Eufaula City Guard”, from Barbour County; and
Co. “L”, no nickname given, from Pike County.
Following its formal swearing-in, the 15th Alabama was ordered to Pageland Field, Virginia, for training and drill. During their sojourn at Pageland, the regiment lost 150 men to measles. In September 1861, the 15th was transferred to Camp Toombes, Virginia, in part to escape the measles outbreak.
Spotsylvania Court House
Siege of Petersburg
Source: Wikipedia contributors, “15th Regiment Alabama Infantry,” Wikipedia