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Regimental Commanders


John Jacob Seibels (Montgomery; until reorganization) Born in South Carolina in 1817, died 1865. John Jacob commanded a battalion of Infantry during the Mexican War.  Colonel and Aide-de-Camp and Executive Council to the Governor of Alabama. A. B. Moore. Commanded the 6th Alabama up to reorganization at Yorktown. Completed his 12 months tour of duty and returned to work for the Governor of state of Alabama. John Jacob Seibels married Philippa Berney (1809-1881). They had at least one daughter, Anna Mary, born about 1845. Anna married Charles Pollard Ball on January 15th , 1866, in her mother's home in Montgomery. Estate records show that John Jacob was also survived by his mother, Anna B., brother Edwin W., sisters Laura J. and Charlotte T., and nephews Robert Emmett and John Temple Seibels, all of Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina

Tombston of John Jacob Seibels
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John Jacob Seibels's Tombstone

John Brown Gordon (Jackson County; wounded at Sharpsburg; promoted)

GORDON, John B. Brigadier General. - John Brown Gordon was born in Upson County, Georgia on February 6, 1832 to Zachariah and Malinda Cox Gordon. John was the fourth of twelve children. At the time of his birth his father was a prominent minister and plantation owner. Around 1840, Zachariah moved his family to Walker County near Lafayette, where he built a summer resort hotel to take advantage of the medicinal appeal of springs on the property. The Gordon's hotel subsequently became one of the State's most fashionable watering places. John died January 9 1904, Miami Florida and buried at Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta Georgia. Before the war, John was a Lawyer, coal mine operator in Georgia. Enlisted 1861 as Captain of the Raccoon Roughs, which he had raised in Georgia. The Georgia Regiments were full so he brought them to Alabama and joined the 6th Alabama at Montgomery. Major (?) Lieutenant Colonel (?) On April 27, 1862 he was promoted to Colonel in Command of 6th Alabama, wounded six times at the battle of Sharpsburg. November 1862 promoted to Brigadier General in Commanded of Gordon's Brigade /Early's Division at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness. (May 7, 1863 to May 8, 1864) Gordon served as brigadier until promoted Major General in command of a division for exploits in battle of Wilderness. Assumed temporary command of the Georgia brigade on April 11, with appointment made permanent retroactive to May 7, following petition of officers. May 1864 promoted to Major General in commanded of Gordon's Division in Shenandoah Valley campaign, and commanded II Corps in the retreat to Appomattox. Post war Governor of Georgia, Member, U.S. Congress, and Commander-in-Chief of United Confederate Veterans.

On the Internet Georgia Secretary of State Site also Reminiscences of the Civil War (downloadable transcription with pictures)
Further reading
Eckert, Ralph Lowell John Brown Gordon : soldier, southerner, American Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press 1989
Gordon, John Brown Reminiscences of the Civil War Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press 1993

James Newell Lightfoot (Henry; wounded, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania); 

Lieutenant Colonels

Benjamin Hurt Baker (Russell; resigned); 

John Brown Gordon (promoted); 

James J. Willingham (Lowndes; KIA, Seven Pines);

WILLINGHAM, James J. (Captain, Company M, "Hayneville Guards," 6th Alabama Regiment) Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. James was born February 14, 1839 in Alabama, a son of William E. and Rebecca McLemore Willingham. From the Montgomery Advertiser: 1862, "Lieutenant-Colonel Willingham, of the 6th Alabama, also fell while leading his regiment, on the 31st of May, in Chicahomny swamp. He was a young gentleman of good education, fine social bearing, and lofty and noble impulses. He entered early into the war and was considered a fine officer." From his tombstone in the McLemore Burying Ground, Montgomery County, Alabama, "In memory of Lt. Col. Jas. J. Willingham, 6th AL Regiment who was killed in the battle of Seven Pines, aged 23 years, 3 months and 17 days"

James Newell Lightfoot (wounded, Sharpsburg; promoted); 

Angus McAllister Gordon (Jackson; KIA, Chancellorsville); 

George W. Hooper (Russell; accidentally disabled; retired); 

CULVER,  Isaac Franklin (Lieutenant Colonel, Staff and Field, 6th Alabama Infantry Regiment) Born October 20, 1830; Recruited as a Private in the Henry Grays of Henry County Alabama; Enlisted as a Private May 11, 1861 in Montgomery Jefferson County Alabama; August 26, 1861 Appointed Sergeant by Colonel Seibels, 6th Alabama Commanding; Present September 1, 1861 as a Sergeant for Payroll at Sangster’s Crossroads Virginia;  Promoted to Captain April 27, 1862 at Yorktown Virginia when the regiment was reorganized; November 1862 Absent Officers list as a Captain wounded September 14, 1862 at Boonsboro Maryland and furloughed; December 1862 Return lists him as a Captain and Absent Wounded in Henry County Alabama; Promoted May 7, 1863 at Bunker Hill Virginia as a Major; Present as a Major on April 2, 1864 for Pay Roll near Orange Courthouse Virginia (Camp Ferris); Present as a Major February 17, 1865 at Camp Rodes, Virginia; He was wounded and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel at Winchester Virginia; Lieutenant Colonel and in command of the 6th at the Surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse Virginia; Paroled At Appomattox, Virginia; Address, 1907-08: Union Springs, Bullock County Alabama. Sources: Alabama Department of Archives and History; Original record in Adjutant General's Office; “Memorial Record of Alabama” (1893), Vol I, pp. 523-24


John Brown Gordon (promoted)

S. Perry Nesmith (Lowndes; KIA, Seven Pines); 

Augustus Manly Gordon (promoted); 

George W. Hooper (promoted); 

Isaac F. Culver 


George Goldthwaite (Montgomery; resigned); 

Pace (Georgia; transferred); 

John Whit Thomas (Henry; KIA, Spotsylvania); 

Edgar Watson (Montgomery; KIA, Farmville).

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