Stories About the Men of the 42nd Alabama Infantry

Frances E. Babb writes of her GGrandfather: "John Taggart is listed on the muster rolls of the 42nd Regiment, Co I, Hinson's Guards. After the Civil War, he
becamea contractor and built houses. At least one of his houses is listed on the Mobile Alabama Historical Registry, the Taggart-Mattei House. In fact, on my mother's side,
3 great grandfathers were carpenters and all were in the Civil War. If anyone knows anything about John Taggart, human interest stories, regiment stories, battle stories or anything, I would like to hear of them. I am hungry for any story or photo of him. I never knew anything much about him except what I could research. Thanks to everyone at the sites I've visited for all their help."

Mark Travis Raines writes of his GGrandfather: "I am the great grandson of Pvt. Joseph S. Sanders of Camden, AL. My GGrandfather enlisted in Camden (WilcoxCounty) in July 1862, fought in most every campaign, was either captured or part of the surrender of Vicksburg, exchanged in Demopolis,AL, and was paroled in June 1865 in Selma as best we have it.
I am waiting on some more information from the NARA, HISTORYSITES.COM, Alabama Archives, and other information sources hopefully which will help me conform what I already have on my GGrandfather.
Again if anyone out there has any information, photos, muster documents etc; please share them with me. I plan to post a photo of him soon showing him around 1912 with his medals on him and so very proud. Information about his wife, Jennifer Rhodes of Camden, would also be appreciated.
Again sincere thanks in advance for any help" A photograph of Pvt. Sanders and his wife is in the Photo Gallery.

Richard Sinyard has a great new site for the 43rd Alabama. Click here to visit.

David L. Bayne added his great grandfather to Co. C : "......I would like to add my great grandfather, Joseph William Sellers. He joined Sept. 1862 and was at Vicksburg. He is listed with Capt. W. D. McNeill's company in the book MEN OF WILCOX: They Wore the Gray by Ouida Starr Woodson. I also found the enlistment data on microfilm in Birmingham Library...."

Charles Wayne Busey sent the following history about 2 men from the 42nd: "Charles Busey of Monroe Co. first joined the 2 th Alabama, George W. Foster's company. After the term of service expired, he joined the 42nd Alabama, Co A which organized at Columbus, MS. He served in the 42nd Alabama through the Battle of Corinth where he was wounded and captured. After he was exchanged and recovered from the wounds, he was transferred to Sengstak's Artillery Battery. After the fall of Vicksburg, he was in the exchange camp at Demoplis, AL. After the exchange, his battery was transferred to Barrett's (Missouri) Battery. This unit was in the Dalton-Atlanta Campaign and then assigned to the defense of Columbus, GA. At Columbus, he was again captured in the Battle of Girard. He was paroled at Macon, GA in May 1865. According to family lore, he returned home with very little: a horse, a saddle, and one large penny. I still have the penny and saddle. I know his record is equalled by many but he is my hero from the past--served 4 years, captured 3 times, and wounded. Charles Busey married Sarah Susan Watts and they had 10 children. He was born 7 Nov. 1839 and died 14 July 1904. He is buried alongside his wife and many of his children at the Baptist Cemetery at Monroeville, AL.

William Jones Weatherford enlisted in the 42nd, Co. C, on 26 April 1862 in Pineapple, Wilcox Co., AL. He served throughout the war with the 42nd. Sad that after serving 3 years in MS, TN, GA, and NC, he died of a "fever" just a few days before the end of the war....5 April 1865 at Salisbury (Rowan Co.) NC. William Jones was married to Nancy Cone and they had 7 children. He must have been home several times during the War as several of the children were born during this time. We have no direct proof but it is thought that William was the great nephew of William Weatherford a.k.a. Chief Red Eagle, the war chief of the Red Sticks.....
Charles Busey is my ggrandfather and William Jones Weatherford was my wife's ggrandfather.

Arleen Dozier sent the following story on William Charles Lofton of Co. A: "He was captured by the Yankees, nobody knows in what battle, and was a POW in a Yankee prison. He was a mason and wore his Masonic ring during the war. As providence would have it, his captor which was assigned to his cell or area apparently also was a mason. Upon seeing the ring on my ancestor's finger, assured him food. You see, all of my ancestor's children had been born prior to the war except for one son, Joseph Edward, my ggranddad, who was born upon his return from the war. So you see, perhaps if it were not for the ring, I would not exist. I am grateful to those men, who despite the horrors of war and their feelings for it, deferred to higher covenants made as Masonic brothers. Let us keep our covenants we have made with our families as they have done by their glorious example."

Tracy Edwards wrote requesting information on William Beshea of Co. C. She would like to communicate with anyone researching him or the Beshea family.

Someone wrote to share the following information, "There is a headstone in the Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery (located southeast of the intersection of I-75 and Exit 62 in Bushnell, Florida)....that reads 'Thomas M. Mobley, Co. D, 42nd Alabama Inf. CSA.' The cemetery is small....and has 9 other headstones bearing other surnames....." Also contact Ted Mickus who has also visited the site and is interested in contacting anyone knowing about the cemetery or Thomas Mobley.
May 2004:
Here is an email contact if anyone would like to find out more about this cemetery and who else is resting there: Nancy Miller, Sumter Co. Historian, at [email protected] Her phone is: 352-568-7488). Nancy sent a note telling of her new email address and the following information,"...I have all copies and prints of the Wild Cow Cemetery so if anyone would like to have a copy of a grave site I would be happy to send it.  Please note also, that all Sumter Cemeteries are in the process of being Digitally Photographed and Rubbed so we can provide any and all accurate information on any site...."

Ben Champion wrote on January 2003: " I have no specific information about Thomas Mobley. However, a former commander of Baker's Brigade of the 42nd AL, Col. Thomas C.Lanier, purchased land in Sumter County on January 16th, 1869 from John H. Hanson as recorded in Deed Book A/ Page 224 of Sumter County records. This deed states that Thomas C. Lanier lived in Pickens County Alabama. In 1884, Thomas C. Lanier and Sarah D. Lanier, now of Sumter County, FL began selling portions of the land they purchased in 1869. On April 9, 1886 Thomas C. Lanier recorded a plat in Sumter County (Plat Book 1/Page 22) for an "Infant Town of Florida" that later became known as "Lanier." The town had a very small population as listed in the census of 1885 which also says that the town had a railroad station, post office, and express office. However, nothing remains of the town of Lanier. The reason I bring all of this up is that Bushnell, FL where Thomas Mobley is buried is the county seat of Sumter County. Perhaps Mr. Mobley was in the employ of Thomas C. Lanier after the war and moved to FL with him??"

Spring, 1998: I have recently received more information concerning the flag of the Alabama 42nd. It is currently being offered for sale at $150,000 and said to be one of the finest example of a regimental flag in existence. Brian Chanes is the sales representative and his firm is Profiles in History located at 345 North Maple Dr., Suite 202, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. I have written the AL History and Archives Department to let them know about its existence and will post their response when I receive it. Wouldn't it be wonderful if it could be brought back to Alabama? (Thanks to Roy Harbour for sending in this information.)

I just received a letter from the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History concerning the above mentioned flag: "We discovered this flag several years ago in Seal Beach, CA. It was loaned to the department and received conservation work. The owner was a descendant of O.O. Girard, who served in the 42nd. This descendent sold the flag to Profiles in History. They are asking twice the amount that they paid for it. We cannot afford it. Good luck." Robert Bradley.

June 1999: The Battle Flag has been sold for $175,000. Here is a description that accompanied the flag:
Confederate Battle Flag of the 42nd Alabama Infantry
Battle of Corinth - Siege of Vicksburg - Missionary Ridge - Battle of
3 Flag Bearers died while carrying this during the Battle of Corinth
1. Confederate Regimental Battle Flag - 42nd Alabama Infantry - made in
September 1862 by the Ladies of Columbus, Mississippi out of silk wedding
dress material and presented to Major W.C. Fergus of the 42nd Alabama which
was encamped near the Confederate Depot at Columbus, Mississippi just before
the Battle of Corinth where 3 color bearers died carrying this regimental
battle flag to the top of Battery Robinett during one of the most famous
charges of the war in which the 42nd Alabama lost over 100 men. The fourth
Confederate soldier to pick up this flag was Pvt. John T. Perry of Monroe
County, Alabama, he survived the battle and remained the color bearer
throughout the remainder of the war. The 42nd Alabama was captured en-masse
at the fall of Vicksburg in 1863 where Pvt. Perry secretly hid the flag
inside his uniform and smuggled it through the Union lines as a paroled
prisoner. He later carried this flag at the Battle of Lookout Mountain and
Missionary Ridge as well as the Battle of Atlanta. Upon surrender he gave
this flag to Miss Lodie Girard of Mobile, Alabama, who sewed it to the
inside of her dress to prevent its capture by Union troops. This is one of
the most well documented and early Confederate battle flags in existence. It
still retains its deep blood red color and was made specifically for the
42nd Alabama Infantry by the patriotic Ladies of Columbus, Mississippi,
where it was first flown at the Battle of Corinth. It has a 35-inch long
blue and white silk streamer with "Hinson Guards - 42nd Ala.," painted in
gold. The battle flag is regimentally identified with "42nd Ala. Regt." hand
embroidered in white silk, it has a handsewn gilt fringe, and has been
archivally mounted and framed by Fonda Thomsen. A remarkable and
historically exciting showpiece as well as one of the finest battle flags in
existence carried by a hard fighting Confederate regiment who gave their
lives to fight under this flag (45 x 57 1/2 inches; accompanied by letters
of authentication and research by Howard Madaus and Fonda Thompson.
Thanks to Ron Lawhon for providing this information.
Glenn Fulgium wrote, "...A search of your webpage turned up the name ??Fulgium on the muster roll of Company E date 16 May 1862 at Columbus, MS. The furthest I have been able to trace back is to my ggrandfather, David Ransom Fulgium, b. June 1861 in Louisiana. This is, of course, not '?? Fulgium' but it could have been his father or uncle." If anyone has more information about this Fulgium from Company E, please contact Glenn.

Ann (Marshall) Warchol recently sent the following note: " I am researching my gggrandfather, George Washington Foster. Info from family Bible record shows him as 'killed in Battle of Corinth, buried on field.' Possibly the one shown on your list as Captain of Co. A? .....Most of the family info I have for him comes from a book "WHITFIELD, BRYAN, SMITH & RELATED FAMILIES, Vol. II" by Emma Morehead Whitfield, edited by Theodore Marshall Whitfield, printed by The Times, Inc., Westminster, MD, 1950. George Washington Foster was b. 17 Dec. 1819 in Monroe Co., AL. He was the son of Arthur and Frances (Bradley) Foster. He married Jane Edwards Draughon (b. 2 July 1826, d. 12 Sept. 1854) She was the daughter of James Hughes Draughon and Jane Smith Williams......There is a picture of George Washington Foster and his wife in this book. ..." Ann said she would verify that this is indeed her George Washington Foster as soon as she receives his war records from Montgomery . Meanwhile we'll keep this link active in case someone else is also researching George W. Foster.

Richard Sinyard has been most gracious in sending information to me on the names, dates of death, and places of burial of many of the men of the 42nd. As soon as I receive them, I try to place them on the homepage beneath the muster roll. Many of these men are not listed on the original muster roll. The sharing of this kind of information concerning Alabama men who fought and gave their lives is one way to honor their memory . If you have additional information concerning the burial places of men from other units and would like to share this with Richard, please contact him. He is actively researching these records and would like to contact others who are doing the same work. Thank you.

Tom McKnight shares the following story, "Below is from a document by Samuel Henry Sprott, originally created 17 July 1897 and continued to 24 April 1904. Samuel and his two brothers fought through the Civil War in Alabama infantry regiments. Samuel and his brother, John Sprott, served in the 40 th. Here is what Samuel wrote about his brother, James Sprott: 'My brother James entered Confederate service in the spring of 1862, joining Company D, 42 Alabama regiment in all of its marches and battles except the Battle of Corinth. He was in Vicksburg during the siege of that place and was captured there. After being exchanged he went with his regiment to Chattanooga, participating in the battles of Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, and New Hope Church, where he was mortally wounded June 2, 1864, dying one week later. He was a brave and gallant soldier and met death bravely, saying when told that he could not live, that he had tried to do his duty and the only regret he had was in leaving his wife and little children. I never saw him after he was sent back to the hospital at Atlanta, where he now lies buried.' The three Sprotts were my gg uncles as their sister married my ggrandfather, William Thomas McKnight. W. T. McKnight served in Armistead's Cavalry, Co. A of N.B. Forrest's Cavalry."

Tom also sent the following information about John Sprott of Co. D as written by his brother, Samuel" "My next brother, John, also entered the army and belonged to the same company and regiment that my brother James belonged to until the latter part of 1864 when I had him transferred to Company A, 40 th Alabama Regiment of Infantry of which I was in command, where he remained until discharged on account of bad health. In January 1874, he married Miss Mary Evans who died about 10 months afterward, leaving no children. In the fall of 1874, my brother, John, died of a yellow chill after an illness of only a few days."

Bill Flowers wrote the following, " ggrandfather was in Co. C and listed as 2nd Cpl David Flowers. He was from Wilcox Co. and served with his brother , James Flowers, in the same company. They entered the war in the 2nd Alabama but noticed from your account that the 2nd became part of the 42nd..... I am trying to find out more about him and anything about him during and just after the war. My uncles have said he moved to Heidelburg, Mississippi after the war and died there. He is supposed to be buried at Clayburn Cemetery in Heidelburg but I can't find the cemetery there. Some of the folks I spoke to said they had heard of it....." Bill also mentioned that the Green W. Flowers listed in Co. C. may be Washington, his younger brother, or he may be a cousin.

My great-grandfather was William H. Manning of the Alabama 42nd Infantry, Co. C. In the (original) list his middle initial shows as "K.".....He survived all of the battles fought by the 42nd and moved to Texas in 1872 and died in 1909 in Terryville, Texas. [email protected]

John Mancil wrote to share the following: "....My ggrandfather, Elisha Green Mancill, was a member of Co. E. At this time I have very little information other than information on his tombstone. There is an emblem on his tombstone that is similar to a cross with a circle around it. Inside the cross there appears to be a wreath design. I am trying to find out what this emblem means....I believe he volunteered in 1862 in Greenville, Alabama and was honorably discharged in January 1864." If anyone has any additional information, John would appreciate you contacting him.
A new message from John concerning his visit to Vicksburg Military Park, "...It was an awesome experience to walk the ground where so many brave people fought and died. The park officials have marked the locations of all Confederate and Union companies that were involved in the siege of Vicksburg. The 42nd Alabama line was adjacent to the old Jewish Cemetery located near the entrance to the park. According to the park guide, the cemetery was the sight of furious fighting in which the Union troops from Ohio came within 5 meters of the Confederate lines before being repulsed. The 42nd Alabama and a Texas company held this line just on the outskirts of Vicksburg against infantry charges and artillery barrages from the Ohio troops. Also, I found out that my ggrandfather was not the only family member in the 42nd. Three of his brothers were members- a fourth brother was in the 6thAlabama Cavalry at Vicksburg. My son and I find it hard to describe the emotions that we felt standing on the exact spot where Elisha Mancil fought...."

My ggrandfather, James L. Lambert of Mt. Pleasant, Monroe Co., AL served in Co. A. He enlisted in September of 1862 at Ft. Claiborne and was honorably discharged on 5 April 1865. He passed away in 1914. In this unit were three other Lamberts, J. D. (who died at Rock Island Prison) and Madison (who died in 1929), and R. A. I have a copy of James's pension application and it's interesting to note in 1899 he owned 2 horses and mules worth $50 and 10 hogs, goats, and sheep worth $10. After reading through a few applications of ancestors who were veterans, I'm struck by the really difficult times in which many of these families struggled. [email protected]
Billie M. Thrash offers the following information about Madison Lambert: DOB: March 4, 1842. DOD: January 8, 1929. Stone on grave reads :" PVT US Army CSA. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetary, Tallassee, Alabama. GPS Coord: N32. 32.989 W085 53.891. Was in Co. A. Born in Monroe Co, AL. Enlisted: 1861. Wounded at Resaca, GA on May 15, 1864. Served until he lost his leg: Leg amputated below the knee. Application for Artificial Limb (#60) filed November 29, 1875. Address in 1921: RFD Tallassee, AL Elmore County.

Patrick Lee wrote to share the following about his ancestor, James Madison Lee, "....I have info that my 3 great grandfather, James Madison Lee, was a member of Co. E, 42nd Alabama Infantry. Family legend is that he was struck by a bullet and killed while in a hospital bed at Vicksburg. Also had ancestors in the 1st, 23rd, 33rd, and 37th Alabama Infantry (all on my father's side!)....."

Richard Sinyard has generously offered the names of soldiers of the 42nd who are buried in various prison cemeteries. (I have identified these men on the homepage at the bottom of their company muster roll. Their names have been placed in a table identifying place of death or burial site. Please note: Some of these men were not listed on the original muster roll.) "Rock Island Prison is in Illinois and now called Arsenal Island. There is a national cemetery there but the Confederate dead are buried on the eastern end of the island. I have a list of the known dead buried there. Camp Butler was in Springfield, Illinois....Demopolis, Alabama had several hospitals during the war. If someone died in a hospital in Macon, Georgia he is more than likely buried in Rosehill Cemetery in Macon. I have a list of over 700 names that died there from the record group 109 in the National Archives....I have just found out that daily reports are still around but I have to locate them. I have a list of dead started for the following prisons: Camp Chase, Ohio; Camp Douglas, Illinois; Camp Morton, Indiana; Rock Island, Illinois; Johnson's Island, Ohio; Point Lookout, Maryland; Ft. Delaware, Delaware; Alton, Illinois; Elmira, New York; and some other small ones........"

More information: "Camp Chase was located in Columbus, Ohio. During the war it held 9416 POWs and 650 guards. A total of 2200 died. They are buried in the prison cemetery which is cared for by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Camp Douglas is located in Chicago. During the war it held close to 30,000 POWs. 3759 died and they are buried at Oak Woods Cemetery. This is the largest Confederate burial site in the North. Camp Morton is in Indianapolis. It held 12,082 and 1763 (14.6%) died. They were buried at Greenlawn Cemetery. Some were taken south by relatives. They were later moved to Section 32 of Crown Hill Cemetery. Johnson's Island in Sandusky Bay, Ohio had 12,000 officers and senior NCO and 206 are buried here. Rock Island, between Iowa and Illinois had 1960 POWs deaths and they are buried in a Confederate cemetery on the island point. Point Lookout, Maryland had 20,110 POWs and 3389 (17%) died here and are buried in the prison cemetery. Elmira Prison, New York had 12, 123 POWs of which 1963 died. All that is left of the prison is a well-kept cemtery on the banks of the Chemung River. Ft. Delaware on Pea Patch in the Delaware River had 33,565 POWs. 2436 died here and they are buried on the New Jersey side of the river in trenches at Inns Point, New Jersey."
Richard sent the following update on his research: "I made contact with persons in the Newnan, Georgia area and they are sending me burial information on 400 Confederate soldiers from their city. Also they put me in contact with someone who has information on 2 large Confederate sections in 2 different cemeteries in Atlanta and we are working on getting that together...I visited Battle of New Hope Church area last weekend. The church is still in the same location but Confederate dead must have been moved to Marietta, Georgia Confederate Cemetery for almost all in this large cemetery are unknowns. I walked through the cemetery in New Hope Church and it is said that Confederate soldiers took shelter behind the headstones during the battle. Most of that area remains unchanged. There are supposed to be 2 large Union burial pits with 700 dead in this area that could not be located after the war..."

"I've talked with persons in the Corinth, Mississippi area and from what I gather most, if not all, Confederate dead from that battle are buried in a mass grave.....I've also been to Bentonville and the only Confederate burials there are in a mass trench with all unknowns. A record search will be the only way to get any idea (of who's buried there.)

Steve Stacey wrote to say, "I serve as Adjutant of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1610 in Monroeville, AL. An ongoing project of our camp is to document every Monroe Countian who served in the Confederate Army....In Co. H a M.S. Stacey is listed. This is actually John Monroe Stacey. Monroe Stacey first joined Co. F., 36th AL Infantry and was one of 5 sons of Amos and Elizabeth Stacey to serve with the 36th. John Monroe Stacey was wounded at New Hope Church and when he recuperated, was placed with the 42nd AL. Of the 5 brothers, 4 survived the war and 3, including John Monroe, are buried at Polar Bridge Cemetery located west of Frisco City on property that belonged to his father...."

Steve also added the following information, " I would certainly keep M.S. Stacey in the roster. To date, we have learned that the Staceys and Byrds had more men in the war than any other single Monroe County families. Stacey is my paternal family and Byrd is my maternal. I share this to admit that not all Monroe Countians who served have been documented. In our family history, the name M.S. Stacey does not appear for the Civil War era but like documentation of war veterans, it is easy to miss family names as well...." Steve said he would check further on this record on his next visit to the State Archives.

Lee Murrah wrote the following about Allen Columbus Johnson of Wilcox County: " My 3rd g grandfather was Allen Columbus Johnson....Until recently all I knew about him was the 1860 Wilcox Census entry and the family legend that he was killed in the Civil War. In the last 2 weeks I have received email from researchers telling me that Allen Johnson died in a hospital at Vicksburg and from another telling me that he served in the 42nd AL Infantry. The history of the 42nd indicates that it served in the garrison at the siege of Vicksburg...I see a C.A. Johnson in Monroe County but neither of the Johnsons in Wilcox Co. have names suggestive of my ancestor. Does anyone have any information that might help me find Allen Johnson?

A note from Jack Wainwright regarding his wife's ancestor, Allen Columbus Johnson of Co. D: "We have pension documents, letters, sick list of 1st Mississippi C.S.A. Hospital, Jackson, MS, etc. that my wife's ancestor, Allen Columbus Johnson, served in this unit during the Civil War. His enlistment date was 26 April 1862 and was listed on the company rools in August and October 1862. We think he may have died at Vicksburg. If anyone can confirm this or has any data that would help us to verify his service we would appreciate any help in this matter.

David Brown shared the following: ".....I had family that fought with Co. H. You have Charles Robert McNeil listed. He died during the siege of Vicksburg. His brother, John A. McNeil and cousin, Williamson Henderson, were both in Co. H. I have all of their military records...."

B. P. Ridgell recently wrote to share the following: "I recently received the record of a brother of my ancestor, Dr. George W. Ridgell. The brother was Joel Sweeny Ridgell: Pvt., Co. C, Regt. Ala Inf. Company Muster Roll, Jul-Aug 1862. Enlisted 19 April 1862 in Mobile, Ala. Co. Muster Roll, Sept.-Oct. 1862. 'Killed in Action at Corinth, Miss. 4 Oct. 1862. Effects left on battlefield. Joel Ridgell, Pvt., Capt. W.D. McNail's Co. 42 Ala. Vols. Born Wilcox County, Ala. Age 32, 6 ft. 1 inch, dark eyes, dark hair, occupation: farmer.' This man had no wife or children to remember him, so as a descendant of his brother, I honour him for the ultimate sacrifice he gave to his Country. " B.P. Ridgell shared more information about his family: "Father Richard R. Ridgell had died when Joel and his brother George were minors in 1849, Wilcox Co., Alabama. They had moved to Alabama about 1825 from Marion Co., SC. Joel's mother was Mary Hanks from SC. She had moved on to Arkansas with George W., my ancestor, and the family story has it that he served as an M.D. during the war, which is probably true, yet I have found no evidence of it yet. I haven't seen many records of Medical Corps for the South."

John Alan Styron of Company E is being researched by Doris Styron Fulmer. She wrote to say he is buried in a small family cemetery at Point Clear, AL, across from the Grand Hotel near Fairhope. She has a picture of his grave with the CSA headstone. Please contact her if you have information on John Alan Styron to share.

Does anyone have more information on W. R. Wooten and J. Strickland from Co. E? Bill Wooten wrote to say that in 1841 a wagon train of 11 families left Sampson Co., NC for Barbour Co., AL One member and family was that of Jordan Wooten and his wife Mary M. (Strickland)...Three of his sons enlisted in the 33rd AL Infantry, Co. I in Ozark, AL. Bill has detailed information on Isaac Wooten, James D. Wooten, and W. J. Wooten. Click here to contact him. If you would like to see some data he has collected, click here.

Does anyone have additional information about Co. H? Bobby Speegle wrote the following, "For many years I have been trying to more about my gggrandfather, John C. Speegle, of Company H, 42nd Alabama infantry. The information I have gives date of birth as 27 Oct 1831; enlisted at Blountsville on 5 September 1862, and died 22 March 1863 at Jackson, MS. His wife, Ruth Self, died shortly thereafter leaving my ggrandfather, Alfred Speegle, orphaned. The 1860 census records John C. Speegle and family residing in Winston Co. John's father, David Speegle, reportedly was a farmer and donated a tract of land in 1859 for the establishment of the Brushy Run Church of Christ. (I am unable to locate that place...). If anyone can refer Bobby to someone with knowledge of Co. H, he would be most appreciative. Click here to contact him.

Roy Harbour wrote this story about his gggrandfather Mobile (Buck)Harbour.of Co. K...."His pension papers say he served under C. F. Condry and Col. Porter or Portis. There is a family story of him coming home to stay and the officers came on horses to take him back. When he refused, they were going to shoot him, but his wife stepped in front of him and said,"You'll have to shoot me first." Then he went along with them. I think this might have happened after the whole brigade they were attached to, threw away their arms and scattered. They had been hit from behind by Hurlbut. The communication that mentions this was sent to Maj.Gen. Grant from I.N. Haynie, Col., Commanding, at Bethel 6 Oct. 1862. It says they were 'a miserable, squalid, starved sight.'"

Sam Robbins wrote".....I was looking for my ancestor under Co. E but he wasn't listed. Jonathan J. Harrelson served in this company and regiment from 5 April 1862 until 19 Jun 1865 when he was paroled at Montgomery. His name is listed as Harrelson, Harelson, Harroldson and as J. J. Harrison. He signed the surrender at Vicksburg as J. J. Harrelson even though the the form is filled out as J. J. Harrison. Capt. James T. Brady enlisted Jonathan on 31 March 1862 at Andalusia, Covington Co., AL for a period of 3 years...Another problem is that he was initially enlisted in Co. H. I sometime wonder at the records keeping....."

Bob Crook wrote ".....Francis/Frank Kent of Co. B was a son of my ggg grandparents, Raiford and Celia B. Kent from Pickens Co., AL. Old Raiford was a full-time shoemaker and part-time Primitive Baptist preacher of a 50-person congregation. Frank Kent was born in 1844, death date unknown....." You can visit Bob's page dedicated to his ancestors who fought in the Civil War by clicking here.

Kenny McCarley wrote to say his ggrandfather, Thomas Russell McCarley of Co. K, was born 14 Feb 1837 in Lauderdale Co., AL and died 10 May 1909 in Marion Co. The name was misspelled on the original muster rolls and has now been corrected.

Pvt. Douglas K. Young, of Co. K, 42nd AL reenactors wrote to say that the "the 42nd still exists! We portray the 42nd with the States Rights Brigade. We are a small regiment now but we are recruiting. All of our members are connected to the 42nd by blood and we are all SCV members....We can't forget them, as with all Confederate soldiers in our county they get a new flag every year as well as their tombstone cleaned. We also have put down several tombstones for members of the 42nd ( four to be exact). The company we portray is Co. K and they were the Bull Mountain Invincibles.......These men cannot be forgotten and as long as my family and regiment exists they will not."

David Box wrote to say his wife's gg grandfather, J. W. Stell, was in Co. K. He has been trying to find his own ancestor, W. P. Bullard, from Coosa Co. who was originally in a unit called Hilliard's Legion, and would like to hear from anyone who might have some knowledge about this unit.

Lawrence Varga wrote and offered this information regarding books on the 42nd: "Lt. Col. Thomas C. Lanier was the commander, per"The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies," published 1901 by Ainsworth and Kirksey.

Willis Brewer's "Brief Historical Sketches of Miliary Organizations Raised in Alabama During the Civil War," 1962, pp. 652-3.

"Confederate Military History, Extended Edition Vol. 8, Alabama," 1987, pp. 187-189.

Joseph H. Crute, Jr.'s "Units of the Confederate States Army," 1987, pp. 27-28.

Stewart Sifakis's "Compendium of the Confederate Armies of Alabama," 1992, pp. 112-113.

Stuart E. Upchurch emailed the following information about his ancestor: " My ancestor, Burt Upchurch, Co. B of the 42nd, was elected 2nd Lt. in May, 1862 and served to the end of the war. He was wounded at Corinth (3 Oct. 1862) and returned for the Vicksburg campaign. After surrender, he was paroled and joined the apparent combined 37th-42nd as his records are from both regiments. He is shown as Captain in the Atlanta campaigns."

From 1st Sgt. David Neel of Co. E, 33rd Alabama Infantry reenactors came this note : "A flag of the 42nd, presented to the regiment by the ladies of Columbus, Mississippi, and carried through the siege of Vicksburg is (or at least was until recently) for sale in California. The flag had been on loan to the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History."

Beverly Garrison wrote to say her husband's great grandfather, Calvin Paul Garrison, was shot in the left arm and captured in the Battle of Corinth in 1862. He served in Company F." It appears on record as killed, wounded, and missing at Moore's Brigade, in the Battle of Corinth, 3-5 Oct. 1862. They also have him noted as killed but he was only captured. This was taken from his military records."

Scott Owens shared the following information about Rev. James P. McMullen, Chaplin of the 42nd:
"A monument in the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church Cemetary, his last pastorate, reads that before the Battle of Resaca, he preached to all of Baker's Brigade, and that he was associated with the 42nd Infantry. However, he was not from Monroe County. Pleasant Ridge is in northern Greene Co, and Mr. McMullen had moved to this county from South Carolina. He had first lived in Clinton, where he was a member of the Ebenezar Presbyterian Church and where he was married. He studied for the ministry under his brother, and his first pastorate was New Zion Presbyterian Church in what is now Hale County, then part of Greene County. In 1855 he was called to the Pleasant Ridge Church, and minutes of the church session reveal he was active there until 1864. He left for Georgia and the Army of Tennessee in January of that year, but returned in March to support the membership in the church of a displaced (and likely wounded) soldier from east Alabama. His son, William F. McMullen, was not a member of the 42nd but of Co. B, 36th Alabama Infantry, also from the Pleasant Ridge area. He was driven by a patriotic zeal which caused him during the battle to rush in to encourage a charge upon some Yankee guns, wherein he and his son were killed. They are buried with the unknown Confederate dead at Resaca." Scott adds that he grew up in Pleasant Ridge and was baptised in the church building Mr. McMullen preached, which was built in 1859 and still stands.

Sylvia Smith sent the following information on her husband's great grandfather, R. J. Boyd THIGPEN, Co. C. Click on her name to contact her. At the bottom of the posting are some questions she is currently researching:

Robert Jonathan Boyd THIGPEN, youngest child of Jonathan Lott THIGPEN and

Mary Angeline BATEMAN, was born 10 June 1829, in South Carolina.

On October 3, 1850, Robert Jonathan Boyd married Bertha Ruth Boggan.

On 2 April 1862, Robert

Jonathan Boyd THIGPEN enlisted at Mobile in "McNeill's 90 Day Volunteers", which was

a home guard outfit. Shortly thereafter. he went into Confederate service

with the 42nd Alabama Infantry.

Company C - 42nd Alabama Infantry

1. Appears on Company Muster Roll - 1st. Corpl., Co. C., 42 Regt. Ala.

Infantry - for July and August, 1862. Enlisted April 19, 1862, at Mobile,

Ala., by Maj. W. C. Fergus, for the period of three years or the war.

Last paid by Shepard to what time June 30, 1862. Remarks: Present2. Appears on a Report of Killed, wounded and missing
of the 42nd Regt.,
Alabama, Moore's Brigade, in the Battle of Corinth, Miss. Oct. 3 to 5,1862.

Report date - camp at Lumpkin's Mill, Oct. 14, 1862. Remarks: Missing

3. Appears on a List of enlisted soldiers and officers paroled at Bolivar,

Tennessee, Oct. 13, 1862. List dated Headqrs. 2nd Div., D. of W. Tenn., Oct. 13, 1862.

4. Appears on Company Muster Roll - Sept. and Oct., 1862. Present

Remarks: Paroled prisoner. Captured at Hatche Bridge on 5th Oct. 1862.5. Appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War paroled

atVicksburg, Miss.,

according to the terms of capitulation entered into by the commanding

generals of the United States and Confederate Forces, July 4, 1863.

Where captured: Vicksburg, Miss. When captured: July 4, 1863

6. Appears on a List of Confederate Paroled Prisoners who have reported at

Jackson, Miss., for exchange. list forwarded to Col. Robt. Ould, Agt. for

Exchange at Richmond, Va., by N. G. Watts, Maj., C.S.A., and Agt. at

Vicksburg, Miss. List not dated. No remarks.

Vicksburg, Mississippi, July 10 A.D. 1863

To all whom it may concern, know ye that:

I, R. J. Boyd Thigpen, a 1st Corporal of Co. C of Reg't. 42nd Alabama, Vol.

C.S.A., being a Prisoner of War, in the hands of the United States forces,

in virtue of the capitulation of the City of Vicksburg and its garrison by

Lieut. Gen. John C. Pemberton, C.S.A., Commanding, on the 4th day of July,

1863, do in pursuance of the terms of said capitulation, give this my

solemn parole under oath-----

R. J. Boyd Thigpen returned to his regiment after being exchanged, and

sometime during the following year, he was killed while on picket duty.
Does anyone know where is company was when he returned to it? Where were they when he was killed while on picket duty? Was it Chattanooga, TN? ringgold, GA? Orchard Knob, TN? Missionary Ridge, TN? I have not been able to locate his burial site.)

From R. Ruiz at [email protected].....................
Pvt. D. G. Barncard, Co. B, killed in action 14 May 1864, Resaca, GA. Buried at Resaca CSA Cemetery.

From James Beggs at [email protected].................
A book called THE DARKEST DAYS OF THE WAR: THE BATTLES OF IUKA AND CORINTH by Peter Cozzens is available for purchase through the University of North Carolina Press. Phone 800-848-6224.
James also shared this bit of family history on his great grandfather, Robert M. Beggs of Company D: "He enlisted in Sumter County on May 2, 1862. He was 30 years old and had a wife and 2 children. He was killed on the second day of Corinth...his first battle...and was probably, based on information which I already had, one of the 'handful' of men remaining from Co. D in the attempt to take Battery Robinette (as described in the above mentioned book). I also have a photograph of the bodies of that 'handful of men.'"

Pvt. J. M. Elliott, Co. B, killed in action 14 May 1864, Resaca, GA. Buried at Resaca CSA Cemetery.

Rev. James P. McMullen, from Greene County, was elected to go forth and labor in the Army of Gen. Joe Johnston in Jan. 1864 and became the chaplain of the 42nd AL. Before the Battle of Resaca, GA he preached to Baker's Brigade of which the 42nd was part. In that insuing battle both Rev. McMullen and his son, whom he rushed out onto the battlefield to save, were killed.. They are buried at Resaca Confederate Cemetery. Rev. McMullen was pastor of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Ridge, AL.

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