in the Civil War
Civil War Roots and find a bundle of letters written by Alexander
Francis (Frank) Mcgahey of Co D.
They give a first-hand account of Vicksburg and he mentions many of
his fellow soldiers.
Thanks to D.Johns Lucas for finding this link.
Brewer's book on the story of his great grandfather's service in the
42nd is available for purchase
at the special pre-publication price of $22.50 plus postage.
To order your copy of UNTO THY PEOPLE: THE STORY OF OUR
FATHERS contact Jerry
Brewer, 308 S. Oklahoma, Elk City, OK 73644
new book is being published called FACES OF WAR. As
soon as it's available for purchase we will post a notice.
Meanwhile, there are copies of RESACA CONFEDERATE
CEMETERY still available for $10.00 plus $2.50 s & h.
If interested, please contact William
Hobgood, P.O. Box 815, Resaca, GA 30735.
has finished his research on "An Analysis of Unit Cohesion
in the 42nd Alabma Infantry" and would still greatly
appreciate hearing from anyone who can share letters, diaires, first-hand
accounts, etc. from soldiers of the 42nd. He is the gggrandson
of George Washington Askew, 1Lt, F Co.
His thesis on the 42nd Alabama is now
available through a DoD website:
Click on DTIC technical reports and type in 42nd
Alabama. Everyone will be able to download an
(Click to try this link.)
The thesis is now copyright of the DoD, but is free to whomever is
interested in the story of the 42nd Alabama.
He is still conducting research in hope of a future book, so again,
any personal accounts i.e. letters, diaries, newspaper
accounts, etc. would be appreciated.
The Stories Part 1 and Part 2 are filled with messages, family histories
and stories, queries, and addresses of people who have ancestors in the 42nd.
Each email and letter received is linked to the soldier
on the muster roll. Please
email me if you want to be linked to a particular soldier with information
pertaining to him or his family.
of Corinth - October 3-4, 1862
vs. Yazoo Pass Expedition - February 3-April 10, 1863
Vicksburg Campaign - May-July 1863
Port Gibson, Mississippi
- May 1, 1863
Champion Hill - May 16, 1863
Vicksburg Siege - May-July
- September-November 1863
November 23-25, 1863
Rocky Face Ridge
- May 5-11,1864
Resaca - May 14-15, 1864
New Hope Church
- May 25-June 4, 1864
- July 22, 1864
Ezra Church, Georgia
- July 28, 1864
Atlanta Siege - July-September 1864
- Carolinas Campaign - February-April 1865
Lt. Charles Labuzan of Co. F of the 42nd Alabama talked
about the Battle of Corinth: "We were met by a perfect storm of grape,
canister, cannon balls and minnie balls. Oh God! I have never seen the like!
The men fell like grass. I saw men, running at full speed, stop suddenly
and fall upon their faces, with their brains scattered all around. Others,
with legs and arms cut off, shrieking with agony. The ground literally strewn
with mangled corpses. Ahead was one continuous blaze."
of the 42nd is quoted," A mine ball went crashing
through my left hip and turned me half around. Another went tearing through
my right shoulder which changed my position to front; and another ball crushed
through my left shoulder, causing me to drop my gun and my left arm to fall
limp by my side. I looked and everyone of the fifteen who were standing
with me had fallen in a heap." McKinstry scrambled back down the wall of the fort and despite
his hip wound, "ran for half a mile before I fell."
General Moore described a color bearer last
seen alive "going over the breastworks, waving a piece (of his banner)
and shouting for the Southern Confederacy."
Pvt. J. A. McKinstry's has written an account of the battle at Battery Robinette
on 4 October 1862 in which Col. W. P. Rogers died.
Along the Old Federal
War Rosters Listed by State
Confederate States Navy,
Museum, Library & Research Institute
Department of Archives and History - Order your ancestor's pension file
Alabama Civil War Regiments
Civil War Units - Part 1