Fifty-Fourth Alabama Infantry Regiment
Alabama, Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men from 1840 to 1872. by W. Brewer, 1872
This regiment was made up of six Alabama companies of the First Alabama-Miss-Tenn. Regiment of Col. Baker of Barbour, and four Alabama companies of the regiment of Col. L. M. Walker of Tennessee. These companies had been captured at Island Ten, after nearly a year's arduous service above Memphis. Organized at Jackson, Miss, October 1862, the Fifty-fourth operated in the vicinity of Vicksburg during the winter. It fought at Fort Pemberton with light loss, and at Baker's Creek with equal result. Having escaped Vicksburg by moving with Gen. Loring from Baker's Creek, the Fifty-fourth was soon after at the siege of Jackson. It was then transferred to the army of Gen. Bragg. The regiment wintered at Dalton, and was engaged in the campaign from there to Atalnta, when the Army of Tennessee disputed the ground inch by inch, and stained those inches with blood. The regiment lost severely at Resaca, and at Atlanta July 22. The loss was very heavy at Atlanta July 28, more than half the regiment being killled and wounded, and the flag perforated by forty bullets. Having moved with Hood into middle Tennessee, the Fifty-fourth shared the privations and disasters of that campaign. Transferred to North Carolina, its colors waved defiantly at Bentonville, its last battlefield. A remnant only were surrendered with the forces of Gen. Johnston.
FIELD AND STAFF
Colonels -- Alpheus Baker of Barbour; captured at Island Ten; wounded at Baker's Creek; promoted. John A. Minter.
Lieut. Colonels -- John A Minter of Coffee; captured at Island Ten; promoted. Thaddeus H. Shackelford.
Majors -- Thaddeus H. Shackelford of Mississippi; captured at Island Ten; promoted.
Adjutants -- Horace M. Smith of Barbour; died in service.
CAPTAINS, AND COUNTIES FROM WHICH THE COMPANIES CAME.
Coffee -- I. T. Law; captured at Island Ten, and Atlanta.
Limestone -- Charles W. Raisler; captured at Island Ten, and Baker's Creek.
Chocta -- Jonas Griffin; captured at Island Ten; resigned. Charles C. McCall.
State of Mississippi -- A. J. Evans; captured at Island Ten; wounded near Atlanta.
Coffee -- Lewis J. Laird; captured at Island Ten; wounded at New Hope.
Chocta -- Joshua Morse; till re-organized. Wm. S. Smith.
Macon -- John H. Christian; captured at Island Ten.
Blount, Morgan, Limestone -- ....Whitfield; resigned. Porter Bibb; till re-orgnized. S. C. Twitty. Lieut. G. L. Brindley commanded.
State of Mississippi --..... Wright. Lieut. Carpenter Commanded.
DeKalb -- Thomas H. Withers; captured at Island Ten and Canton. Lieut. Appleton commanded.
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
-- Desiderius Erasmus
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