Murphy's Battalion, Alabama Cavalry (Alabama and Florida Battalion)
The 15th Confederate Cavalry was organized in early 1864 at Mobile, and it was composed of Alabama and Florida companies In April 1865, it was sent to establish a courier line to Demopolis, but before this was done, the regiment took part in a disastrous fight at Claiborne. The greater part of the regiment disbanded, and the few who remained were paroled at Demopolis.
"Units of the Confederate States Army" by Joseph H. Crute, Jr. contains no history for this unit.
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.
Companies by County:
- Company B "Mobile Dragoons" (became Company G, 15th Confederate Cavalry) - men from Mobile County
- Company C "Dorrance Rangers" (became Company H, 15th Confederate Cavalry) - men from Mobile County
- Company D (became Company K, 15th Confederate Cavalry) - men from Choctaw County
Information on Captain Barlow's company is found in the book Southern boots and saddles : the Fifteenth Confederate Cavalry, C.S.A, First regiment Alabama and Florida Cavalry, 1863-1865 by Arthur E. Green, page 5. FHLbook 973 M2ga
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