Category Archives: Alabama

Hand-written account from 33rd Alabama Infantry regimental history tells of carnage around cotton gin

John Witherspoon DuBose wrote the original regimental history for the 33rd Alabama Infantry. Here is an excerpt of his hand-written account of the post-battle scene of carnage around the Carter cotton gin. I have estimated that between 1,000 and 1,200 Confederate casualties occurred in this two acre area, with somewhere near 200 Confederate’s outright killed.

A Revised History of the 33rd Alabama Volunteer Infantry Regiment

I want to share this email I received from a blog follower:

My late father, L. B. Williams, wrote A Revised History of the 33rd Alabama Volunteer Infantry Regiment, his grandfather’s regiment. It contains the roster of the regiment and comments on some of the members.The book is now available in the public domain at Google Books. The family would appreciate your making this information available to your site visitors.

You will get the option to download the PDF file by clicking on the “gear” icon at the top right corner of the book page.
Thank you,
Teri Williams Easterling

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CSA soldier (Jordan) probably fought at Franklin in the 24th Alabama (Manigault’s Brigade), ambrotype sold at auction for almost $5,000

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.02.37 PMSpectacular Half Plate Ambrotype of Baxter Jordan, 24th Alabama “Dixie Boys”

Partial auction listing: a clear ambrotype with applied black backing and dark velvet pad. This desirable Southern half plate was consigned directly by a living descendant and identified as Baxter Jordan who served as corporal in Company C., “Dixie Boys,” 24th Alabama Infantry.

Source: Cowan’s Auction


Rich man’s war, poor man’s fight?

CSA General Earl Van Dorn

Perhaps you have heard this phrase about when men go off to war   . . . . “a rich man’s war, and a poor man’s fight.”

Well,  read the following diary account of a 115th Illinois Union soldier who records some comments of captured rebel soldiers in late March 1863 in Franklin. General Earl Van Dorn was active in Williamson County and Franklin at this time.  These Confederate prisoners of war are from Van Dorn’s army, more specifically, they belonged to Nathan Bedfort Forrest’s cavalry corps.

“I conversed a good deal with the prisoners while guarding them. They seem to be a very gentlemanly set of men and many of them intelligent. They say they and the majority of the army are willing to return to their former allegiance if they can be guaranteed their rights under the constitution. They blame their leaders as well as ours for misrepresenting the public sentiments . . . They are from Alabama & belonged to Van Dorn’s command but under the immediate command of Forrest.”

March 26th, 1863 – from the diary of Zeboim Carter Patten (1840-1925) , 115th Illinois Infantry, Co H

Source: The Civil War Years Revealed Through Letters, Diaries and Memoirs. Rick Warwick. 2006: 83.