This regiment was orgnaized at Tupelo, in June 1862, by companies that had been in the service some months, and several of which, as "Murphy's battalion,'' had fought at Shiloh. The regiment accompanied the army into Kentucky and was engaged in daily conflicts with the enemy, particularly at Bramlet's Station and Perryville. It fell back with the army, and was on constant and arduous duty during the remainder of the war, protecting its communications, guarding its rear and flanks, and often raiding upon the enemy's trains and outposts. It was part of the brigade composed of the First, Third, Fourth, Ninth, Twelfth, and Fifty-first Alabama cavalry, command first by Gen. Allen of Montgomery, subsequently by Gen. Hagan of Mobile. The Third was engaged at Murfreesboro, Shelbyville, Chicamauga, Kingston, Knoxville, Mossy Creek, Strawberry Plains, Losing continuously in casualties, and suffering severely during Longstreet's winter campaign. In the Dalton-Atlanta campaign it performed arduous service, fighting with severe loss at Decatur, and helping to capture Stoneman's column. In front of Sherman, the regiment shrouded Hood's movements, then harassed the former on his march, participating in the fights near Macon, at Winchester, Aiken, Fayetteville, Bentonville, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. Reduced by its losses to a skeleton, the regiment surrendered in North Carolina.
Colonels - James Hagan of Mobile; wounded at Franklin and Kingston, Tann.; promoted. Josiah Robins of Wilcox; wounded near Fayetteville.
Lieut. Colonels - S. Jennings Murphy of Mobile; transferred. T. H. Mauldin of Monroe; resigned. Josiah Robins; promoted. John D. Farish of Wilcox; wounded near Fayetteville.
Majors - F. Y. Gaines of Chocta; retired. Jo. Robins; promoted. J. D. Farish; wounded in Coosa Valley. D. P. Forney of Calhoun.
Adjutants - R. R. Gaines of Chocta; wounded at Farmington; transferred. John L. Reddish of Wilcox; wounded in Coosa Valley; transferred. A. H. Smith.
Chocta.- W. W. Lang; retired. W. P. cheney.
Monroe.- T. H. Mauldin; promoted. T. J. Billingslea.
Wilcox.- Josiah Robins; promoted. J. Wesley Voltz.
Wilcox and Dallas.- Thos. F. Jenkins; resigned. J. D. Farish; promoted. S. W. Pegues.
Mobile.- Paul Ravesies; transferred. J. W. Smith; resigned. J. C. Brown.
Perry and Dallas.- Wm. Cathy; killed at Perryville. R. W. Cole; resigned. Thomas Norris; killed at Chapel Hill.
Calhoun.- D. P. Forney; promoted. .... Stewart.
Autauga.- J. D. Hill; resigned. Wm. Mims.
Dallas and Wilcox.- James Boykin; transferred. Augustus Tomlinson; died in the service. Thomas Lenoir; killed at Resaca. Henry R. Gordon.
Dallas and Wilcox.- R. W. Smith; transferred. ...... Holloway.