The 11th Alabama Volunteer Regiment in the Civil War

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About the Book

From inception to the final roll call, this regimental history traces the 11th Regiment of Alabama Volunteers from its 1861 creation to the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. The work follows the 11th Alabama through various battles including Manassas, Fredericksburg, Salem Church and Gettysburg. Drawing on personal correspondence such as letters and diaries, it presents the soldiers as individuals and contributes to the dialogue on why the typical Southern soldier fought in the war. The geographical movement of the regiment throughout the war, its key leaders and the organization of its companies are also discussed in detail. There are 81 period photographs that add to the story of this remarkable unit.

About the Author(s)

Ronald G. Griffin lives in Theodore, Alabama.

Bibliographic Details

Ronald G. Griffin
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 294
Bibliographic Info: 81 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [2008]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7158-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9337-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. The Birth of a New Alabama Infantry Regiment      3

The Process of Raising and Organizing a Confederate Military Unit in 1861      3

2. The Organization of the 11th Alabama Infantry Regiment      35

The Companies Are Ordered to Rendezvous Camps      35

The Companies Are Mustered into Confederate Service      48

The Regiment Is Organized and Equipped at Lynchburg      50

The Regiment Is Furthered Organized and Equipped at Richmond      52

3. A Whirlwind Week at Winchester      56

The Departure for Winchester      56

The 11th Alabama’s Stay at Winchester      57

The 11th Alabama Departs for Manassas      59

4. The Battle of Sickness and Boredom at Manassas      63

The Arrival at Manassas Junction      63

The Experiences and Developments Near the Lewis House      64

The Arrival Near Bristoe Station      70

The Encampment Near Centreville      73

The Encampment at Cub Run      77

A New Encampment Near Centreville      81

Winter Quarters Near the Lewis House      84

5. A Baptism in Blood: The 11th Alabama in the Seven Days Battle      90

From Manassas to the Peninsula      90

The 11th Alabama’s Position and Duties at Yorktown      91

From Yorktown to Seven Pines      95

The Battle of Seven Pines      96

From Seven Pines to Gaines’ Mill      101

The Battle of Gaines’ Mill      101

From Gaines’ Mill to Frayser’s Farm      107

The Battle of Frayser’s Farm      108

A Summary of Regimental Losses During the Seven Days      113

6. The Crippled 11th Marches into Maryland      115

From Frayser’s Farm to Gordonsville      115

From Gordonsville to Manassas      118

The Battle of Second Manassas: August 29, 1862      120

The Battle of Second Manassas: August 30, 1862      121

From Manassas to Harpers Ferry      122

The Battle of Sharpsburg      124

7. Bombarded at Fredericksburg and the Proud Day at Salem Church      127

The Stay at Winchester      127

From Winchester to Culpeper Court House      128

From Culpeper Court House to Fredericksburg      130

The Battle of Fredericksburg      130

Military Developments from Fredericksburg to Salem Church      132

The Passing of Time at Fredericksburg      134

Events Leading Up to the Battle of Salem Church      136

The Battle of Salem Church      137

8. The Brave Charges at Gettysburg      146

Military Developments from Salem Church to Gettysburg      146

The Trip from Fredericksburg to Gettysburg      147

The 11th Alabama on the First Day of Battle: July 1, 1863      149

The 11th Alabama on the Second Day of Battle: July 2, 1863      150

The 11th Alabama on the Third Day of Battle: July 3, 1863      154

The Casualties of the 11th Alabama at Gettysburg      156

The Prisoners of the 11th Alabama at Gettysburg      158

A Brief Evaluation of the Gettysburg Campaign      160

9. The Lull Before the Storm      161

From Gettysburg to Orange Court House      161

The Encampment at Orange Court House      163

The Bristoe Station Campaign      167

Winter Quarters at Orange Court House, 1863–1864      168

10. The Conflict Fiercely Intensifies: The Wilderness and Spotsylvania      175

The Battle of the Wilderness: May 6, 1864      175

The Battle of the Wilderness: May 7, 1864      178

The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: May 8–12, 1864      179

11. The Battles to the Trenches of Petersburg      184

The Engagement at Hanover Junction: May 24, 1864      184

The Battle at Atlee’s Station: June 1, 1864      186

The Battle of Turkey Ridge: June 3, 1864      187

The Battle of Wilcox Farm: June 22, 1864      188

Skirmish Near Ream’s Station: June 23, 1864      192

Skirmish with Kautz and Wilson’s Raiders: June 29, 1864      193

The Battle of the Crater: July 30, 1864      195

The Battle of White’s Tavern: August 16, 1864      202

The Battle of Davis Farm: August 21, 1864      205

The Battle of Ream’s Station: August 25, 1864      208

12. The Desperate Struggle for Petersburg Is Lost      210

Events Following the Battle of Ream’s Station      210

The Battle of Burgess Mill: October 27, 1864      213

Events Between Burgess Mill and the End of 1864      215

Experiences in the Winter of 1865 to Hatcher’s Run      217

The Battle of Hatcher’s Run: February 6, 1865      218

Some Closing Scenes of the War      220

The Battle of Farmville: April 7, 1865      221

The 11th Alabama at Appomattox Court House: April 9, 1865      225

Some Closing Thoughts on the 11th Alabama      227

13. The Final Roll-Call of the 11th Alabama Infantry      229

The Field Officers      229

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company A      230

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company B      233

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company C      235

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company D      236

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company E      239

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company F      240

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company G      243

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company H      245

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company I      250

The Officers and Enlisted Men of Company K      253

Chapter Notes      257

Bibliography      263

Index      269

Book Reviews & Awards

“detailed…a valuable resource. Griffin has made a significant contribution. He has ably honored one of the foremost fighting regiments in the Confederate Army”—Civil War News.