Surnames/tags: US_Civil_War Alabama
63rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry
“There were about nine regiments and three battalions of reserves, composed for the most part of very young men, about two regiments being made up of old men, and they were organized principally for the defense of Mobile and the bay forts. Some of these were, in 1864, consolidated under the command of Col. Daniel Huger, of the First reserve regiment, and the new regiment known as the Sixty-Second Alabama. Others, under Col. Olin F. Rice, of the Second Reserve regiment, were known as the Sixty-Third. The First Battalion, also called the Fourth reserve regiment, was consolidated with the Third and Fourth battalions under Lieut. -Col. E. M. Underhill, and called the Sixty-Fifth Alabama; it was employed mainly in the defenses of Mobile, though a detachment was sent to Montgomery in April 1865, and retired before Wilson’s army to Girard, where it fought with severe loss and was captured. The Sixty-second and Sixty-third fought in General Thomas’ brigade at Fort Gaines and Spanish Fort, losing a large number in killed and wounded. Relieved at Spanish Fort by Holtzclaw’s brigade, they were sent to Blakely, where, after enduring the privations and perils of the siege of Blakely, they were captured, and were exchanged a few days before the final surrender of the department of the Gulf. Captain Johnson, of the Sixty-third, was killed, and Captain Ward, of the Sixty-second, wounded, at Spanish Fort. Captain J. W. Pitts, who assisted in the defense of Talladega during Rousseau’s raid, became major of the Sixty-second. This regiment, composed wholly of young men, was especially complimented by General Liddell for gallant conduct at Spanish Fort.” [63rd History]
Too Little Too Late
- An interesting and useful genealogical research aide, this unit history contains the records of 1,133 young Alabama men who joined the war late, founght in battle and were captured at Blakeley, Alabama. Upon capture, they were sent as prisoners to Ship Island near Biloxi, Mississippi, Of these young men, many being 17 or younger, almost all survived the war, which makes their records interesting and important to researchers. This work contains muster rolls and rosters, and service records for the 2nd Alabama Regiment Reserves, which was organized in August 1864. Its designation changed between March and May 1865 to the 63rd Alabama Infantry Volunteers. Many of the service record entries include the soldiers name, company, rank, date mustered, a physical description, where he was stationed, when and why he was released from the service, and place of residence. Also included are some records for the 89th, 94th and 95th Alabama Militias. This book contans illustrations of the U.S. Hospital Steamer, D.A. January and the flag of the 2nd Alabama Reserves/63rd Infantry CSA.
- From the book: Confederate Military History Page 231
- Reserve Regiments and Battalion HistorySixty-Second, Sixty-Third and Sixty-Fifth Regiments
- This book can be ordered through www.willowbendbooks.com ISBN #:0788419889 [Too Little Too Late - the History of the Sixty-Third/Second Alabama Reserve]
- 63rd Alabama Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Too Little Too Late - the History of the Sixty-Third/Second Alabama Reserve by Arthur E. Green. Originally published in 2001, by Heritage Books, Inc., 1540 E. Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, MD 20716, or calling 1-800-398-7709. You can also visit their website at Heritage Books, Inc. now. This soft back book is 233 pages, measuring 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches. This book contains the transcribed service records of 1133, mostly 17 year old men who served in this particular regiment and fought at the Battle of Blakeley. It contains illustrations of their flag and the US Hospital Steamer D. A. January that transported wounded from Blakeley and Spanish Fort. It also contains the rosters of some companies of the 89th, 94th and 95th Alabama Militia CSA.
- This company subsequently became Company C, 2nd Regiment Alabama Reserves, however, these records are filed in the 63rd Alabama Infantry files
- [List of Alabama Infantries]
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