59th Regiment, Alabama Infantry
59th Infantry Regiment was organized in November, 1863, at Charleston, Tennessee, from the 2nd and 4th Battalions, Hilliard's Alabama Legion. Its companies were from the counties of Randolph, Autauga, Pike, Tallapossa, Dale, Coosa, Barbour, and Butler. It surrendered with 9 officers and 101 men.
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin
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 - many men from Tallapoosa County
- Company B - many men from Autauga County
- Company C - many men from Coosa County
- Company D - many men from Barbour County
- Company E - many men from Dale County; ( Company B, 4th Battalion, Hilliard's Legion, split on 14 Sept 62 and part formed what became Company E; some of the men had prior service in Company E, 7th AL Infantry)
- Company F - many men from Randolph County
- Company G "Siler Guards"- many men from Pike County
- Company H - many men from Butler County
- Company I - many men from Butler County
- Company K - many men from Coosa County
The list of companies with their counties is found on history-sites.com web site.
- 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.
- Burton, John Michael. Gracie's Alabama volunteers : the history of the Fifty-ninth Alabama Volunteer Regiment. (Gretna, Louisiana : Pelican Pub. Co., c2003), FHL book 976.1 M2bj
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).