61st Regiment, Alabama Infantry

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United States Gotoarrow.png  U.S. Military Gotoarrow.png  Alabama Gotoarrow.png   Alabama Military Gotoarrow.png  Alabama in the Civil War Gotoarrow.png 61st Regiment, Alabama Infantry

Brief History

The 61st Alabama Infantry [also known as the 59th Alabama Infantry] was organized at Pollard in September, 1863. A number of the men, from Barbour, Chambers, Coffee, Henry, and Macon counties, had been in camps of instruction for some time under the conscript law of congress, while the officers were mostly veterans. Surrendered at Appomattox in April 1865[1]

"Units of the Confederate States Army" by Joseph H. Crute, Jr. contains no history for this unit.[2]

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.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,637 men on its roster for this unit.  Roster.

Companies by captains and counties:

  • Company A - James Walker Fannin, Macon County
  • Company B - Robert A. Peterson (retired, 3 June 64);  William H. Philpot both of Macon County
  • Company C - Julius P. Haggerty, Coosa County;  Chris C. Long, Macon County
  • Company D - John F. Barganier, Butler County (retired, 26 Aug 64);  William J. Porter
  • Company E - Eugenius F. Baber, Macon County (retired, 13 May 64); Augustus B. Fannin, Macon County
  • Company F - Alfred F. Zachry (retired);  Richard W. Allen both of Chambers County
  • Company G - Archibald D. McCaskill, Coffee County (KIA);  Nathan R. Joiner (KIA)
  • Company H - Sidney B. Paine (retired, 20 Sept 64);  William A. Campbell (resigned, 25 Feb 65) both of Macon County
  • Company I - James S. Hastings (retired, 25 July 64), Montgomery County;  Andrew J. Slaughter, Macon County
  • Company K - Henry L. Jones; James E. Jones; John D. Grantham, Henry County

The companies with their captains and the counties they came from are found on the history-sites.com web site

Other Sources

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.


  1. Ken Jones, 61st Alabama Infantry Regiment, (accessed 17 July 2012).
  2. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).