Fifty-Eighth Alabama
Infantry Regiment

The Ninth Alabama (eight companies) battalion was organized at Newbern, in Greene, November 1861, and proceeded to Corinth the spring following. It was engaged at Shiloh, Farmington, and a number of skirmishes near Corinth, all with light loss; but at Blackland the battalion lost about 20 men killed and wounded, besides a large number by disease at Corinth and Tupelo. In the summer of 1862 the battalion was sent to Mobile and remained there till April 1863. At that time it proceeded to Tullahoma, and was placed in Clayton's brigade. The battalion was in several small engagements, especially at Hoover's Gap. In July 1863 at Tallahoma, two additional companies were attached, and the Fifty-eighth regiment was thus formed. Placed in Bate's brigade, a few weeks later the regiment was in the great battle of Chicamauga. On the first day it captured four pieces of artillery, and on the second was in a desperate charge which broke the enemy's line; but its loss in killed and wounded was 148 out of 254 men. A few weeks later, the regiment was consolidated with the Thirty-second Alabama, the field officers of the Fifty-eighth being retained, and placed in Clayton's brigade. The consolidated regiment had 400 present at Missionary Ridge, and lost 250 in casualties and prisoners. The regiment wintered at Dalton. At Resaca, within a few minutes, it lost 95 killed and wounded out of 300 engaged. It was engaged in numerous skirmishes during the retreat, and fought at the battles of New Hope and Kennesa, losing a number in each. The Thirty-second-Fifty-eighth was also in the bloody battles around Atlanta and a long list of casualties told the story of its conduct. Moving with Hood into Tenessee, the regiment was warmly engaged at Columbia, Franklin, and Nashville, and again at Franklin on the retreat. Ordered to Spanish Fort, the regiment was in garrison there during the siege, losing considerably in casualties. It surrendered at Meridian, under Col. Jones.


Field and Staff

Colonels -- Bush Jones of Perry.

Lieut. Colonels -- John W. Inzer of St. Clair; wounded at Chicamauga; captured at Mission Ridge.

Majors -- Harry I. Thornton of Greene; wounded at Resaca and Atlanta.

Adjutants -- Robert T. Harris of Marengo; wounded at Chicamauga; retired. John Clow of Scotland; killed at Chicamauga. Albert T. Goodwyn of Autauga; captured at Mission Ridge. Walter Hungerford of Perry (acting); killed at Atlanta. Wiley Spruill of St. Clair.


Captains, and Counties from Which the Companies Came.

St. Clair -- Sheriff Brewster; resigned. George S. Markham; captured at Mission Ridge.

Fayette -- Edward Crenshaw; wounded at Chicamauga.

Jefferson -- W. E. Lee; captured at Mission Ridge.

St. Clair -- W. M. Inzer; captured at Atlanta; resigned. R. W. Wiggins.

Butler -- Gid. Holland; killed at Spanish Fort.

Calhoun -- Samuel D. McClellan; resigned. Clement P. Read; wounded at Fish River.

St. Clair -- Sidney F. Lister; killed at Mission Ridge. A. B. Vandergrift.

Dallas -- Elias Fort; resigned. Calvin L. Harrell; wounded at Chicamauga.

St. Clair, Calhoun, Talladega -- John A. Averett; killed at Atlanta. Joseph T. Curry.

Autauga and Montgomery -- Samuel D. Oliver.



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Updated: 01/14/99