3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry
Brief History[edit | edit source]
3rd Infantry Regiment was organized by Colonel J.M. Withers in April, 1861, at Montgomery, Alabama. Men of this unit were recruited in the cities of Mobile and Montgomery, and the counties of Man, Lowndes, Coosa, and Autuaga. In April, 1865, it surrendered with 9 officers and 93 men.
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
- Company A "Mobile Cadets"- many men from Mobile County
- Company B "Gulf City Guards" - many men from Mobile County
- Company C "Tuskegee Light Infantry" - many men from Macon County
- Company D "Southern Rifles"- many men from Macon County
- Company E "Washington Light Infantry" - many men from Mobile County
- Company F "Metropolitan Guards" - many men from Montgomery County
- Company G" Montgomery Free Blues" - many men from Montgomery County [Part of this company transferred to artillery at the end of 1 year; apparently part of Company H was transferred to fill this vacancy in Company G]
- Company H "Lowndes Beauregards" - many men from Lowndes County
- Company I "Wetumpka Light Guards" - many men from Coosa County and Autauga County
- Company K "Mobile Rifles" - many men from Mobile County
- Company L "Dixie Eagles" - many men from Macon County (1862)
Other Sources[edit | edit source]
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Alabama in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Alabama in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Alabama, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
References[edit | edit source]
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).