In 1962 the Alabama Civil War Centennial Commission reprinted pages 589-705 of Willis Brewer's Alabama which contain brief historical sketches of the military organizations raised in Alabama for Confederate service. The limited number of copies ordered by the Centennial Commission failed to meet the demand for them while the Commission was in existence; nor has the demand diminished since the close of the Centennial years. In an effort to answer requests for the information which Mr. Brewer compiled, the Alabama State Department of Archives and History made a limited number of the excerpts from Brewer's Alabama available as a reprint in 1966. Since that time the department has either reprinted or allowed the reprinting of the pamphlet on several occasions. This is the first time this information has been available on-line.
These brief sketches are not intended to be more than precisely that. No attempt has been made to annotate or correct Brewer's work for this or any of the earlier printings. These sketches do, however, provide an introduction to the study of Alabama men who organized to serve in military units during the Civil War.