5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry

5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry

5th Cavalry Regiment, organized at Tuscumbia, Alabama, in December, 1862, recruited its men in Morgan, Lawrence, Fayette, Franklin, Lauderdale, Tuscaloosa, and Marion counties. It was placed in General W.T. Martin’s, then Roddey’s Brigade, and took an active part in the operations in East Tennessee and Northern Alabama. Later the unit transferred to the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana and fought at Brice’s Cross Roads, Pond Spring, and Selma, where many were captured. The small force that remained surrendered at Danville, Alabama, on May 6, 1865. Its field officers were Colonel Josiah Patterson, Lieutenant Colonel James M. Warren, and Major R.F. Gibson.

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Source: National Park Service

Fifth Alabama
Cavalry Regiment

This regiment was organized at Tuscumbia, in December 1862, and brigaded under Gen. Roddy. Moved into east Tennessee shortly after, and skirmished at Chapel Hill. Captured a wagon train at Hamburg; captured 60 prisoners and a train at Hunt’s Mill, in Jackson; blocked the railroad in rear of Rosecrans; captured 130 prisoners at Madison Station; fought Gen. Long at Moulton; stampeded a regiment at Oakville; and was with Gen. Forrest on his brilliant Pulaski raid, with light loss. The Fifth also skirmished with Steedman when he marched into the Tennessee Valley, and was in front of Wilson’s corps from Montevallo to Selma. The regiment took part in the defence of Selma, and were mostly captured there. The remainder surrendered at Danville, in Morgan. During its career the Fifth captured 450 of the enemy, besides killing and capturing quite a number.

Field and Staff
Colonels — Josiah Patterson of Morgan; captured at Selma.

Lieut. Colonels — James M. Warren; captured at Lagrange; resigned. J. L. M Curry of Talladega.

Majors — R. F. Gibson of Lawrence; resigned. William Wren of Mississippi.

Captains, and Counties from Which the Companies Came.
Morgan — F. M. Nunn; resigned. E. B. Rice.

Lawrence — Samuel E. Brown.

Morgan — F. M. Davis; resigned. Stephen Simpson.

Morgan — A. H. Rice.

Lawrence — Philip May; wounded at Hunt’s Mill.

Marion — …. Marchbanks; resigned. Wm. Lloyd.

Fayette — J. R. Powell; captured at Barton’s; transferred.

Tuskaloosa — J. M. Woodward.

Morgan — A. M. Patterson.

Franklin and Marion — Lang C. Allen.

Marion — J. K. Swope; resigned. John Collier.

Source: Alabama Department of Archives & History