The 41st Alabama Infantry soldiers
enlisted from the countries of
Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Perry, Greene, and Fayette

Bibliography for the 41st Alabama Infantry

Items indicated by an * are listed on the 41st Alabama Infantry Bibliography at USAMHI as of April 2000.

Brewer, Willis. Brief Historical Sketches of Military Organizations Raised in Alabama During the Civil War. Montgomery, AL: AL CW Centennial Comm, 1962. pp. 650-52 (2 photocopied pages). E551.4B74. (Brief history and roster of officers).

Brewer, Willis. Alabama: Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men, From 1540 to 1872 (Spartanburg, SC :The Reprint Co., 1975);

* Confederate Military History, Extended Edition. Vol. 8: Alabama. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot, 1987. pp. 183-87 (3 photocopied pages). E484C65.1987v8. (Brief unit history).

* Crute, Joseph H., Jr. Units of the Confederate States Army. Midlothian, VA: Derwent Books, 1987. Ref. See p. 27 (1 photocopied page) for a concise summary of the regiment's service.

* Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Alabama. NY: Facts on File, 1992. pp. 111-12 (2 photocopied pages). E551S53.1992 (Unit organizational history).

Wright, George B. Compiler. Forty First Alabama Reg't Infantry Confederate States of America. (Typescript 36 pages. Available at Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama. Call Number E551.41st.W74.1980z. Includes list of officers, list of officers by company, record of events of all companies, roster of men in each company, roster of men listed as Field and Staff).

Burial or memorial locations for soldiers of the 41st Alabama Infantry

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Burial list of some soldiers from the 41st Alabama Infantry
Some soldiers that served in the 41st Alabama Infantry
Daniel Dobbins, Co. E SARDIS CEMETERY, PERRY COUNTY, ALABAMA [Located in Northwest Perry County, Alabama, in Heiberger]
Elder R.F. Papazan [Robert Francis Papazan]], Pvt., Co G Tuscaloosa County, Alabama - NAZARETH PRIMATIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
James Madison Norris, 1st Corp. Co. G, killed at Tullahoma, Tennessee Tuscaloosa County, Alabama - NAZARETH PRIMATIVE BAPTIST CHURCH [burial place unknown. Memorial maker only]
G.W. Norris (George Washington), 2nd Lieut. Co. G Tuscaloosa County, Alabama - NAZARETH PRIMATIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Larkin H. Griffin, Pvt. Tuscaloosa County, Alabama - NAZARETH PRIMATIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
T. M. Wakefield, Co. I INGLE-WAKEFIELD CEMETERY - Winston Co., AL [At Lynn, Winston County, Al. get on county road 59, go south. Turn to the right on to county road 3632 at the Ingle-Wakefield Cemetery sign. The cemetery is down the road on the right.]

If you know where a soldier of the 41st Alabama Infantry is buried, please send me that information.

Links to sites with 41st Alabama Infantry materials

Confederate Military Unit history files were created by the staff of the Alabama Department of Archives and History to compile as much information as possible on Alabama regiments during the Civil War. In the file on the 41st Alabama Infantry ADAH shows a collection including the following:

1. Sketches, including those by Brewer and Evans
2. Newspaper accounts
3. "Thomas Austin Stinson's War Reminiscences," a private in Co. C (Pickens Co. Greys)
4. Company A Orderly Book
5. Company F Orderly Book
6. Directors' correspondence
7. Deceased soldier accounts

K Jones' Alabama Civil War Regimental Histories

From the KJone's site we find the following: "The 41st Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized on 16 May 1862 with men from Blount, Fayette, Greene, Perry, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, and Washington counties. After proceeding to Chattanooga, it operated in middle Tennessee for some months and then joined the Army of Tennessee soon after its return from the Kentucky campaign. It was initiated into the harsh realities of war when "stormed at with shot and shell," as part of Hanson's Brigade at Murfreesboro. During that episode, it lost its brigadier and 198 casualties. The regiment then remained at Tullahoma until ordered to Mississippi with the other portions of Breckinridge's Division. It was engaged in the operations for the relief of Vicksburg and was in the trenches at Jackson. Having rejoined the Army of Tennessee, the 41st was in the forward movement at Chickamauga and in the struggle over the enemy's fortified position. Again, the brigadier was lost as were 189 casualties from the regiment. It was shortly after transferred to the brigade of Gen'l Archibald Gracie. As part of Longstreet's corps, the 41st participated in the struggles and privations of the winter campaign in East Tennessee, sustaining heavy losses. The regiment reached Virginia in April 1864 and was engaged in the Battle of Drewry's Bluff and Dutch Gap. It was then in the protracted siege at Petersburg north of the James River, and in the battles around that city. The regiment was engaged at Hatcher's Run and in the fighting on the Appomattox retreat under Gen'l Gordon. About 270 men were present under Col. Martin L. Stansel for the surrender [Joseph Crute, Units of the Confederate States Army, p. 27, reports 14 officers and 84 men]. Of the original 1454 names on the rolls, about 130 were killed, about 370 died of disease, and 135 were transferred or discharged."

K Jones' Gracie's - Moody's Alabama Brigade 1862-1865 included the Regiments: of the 41st Infantry, 43rd Infantry, 59th Infantry, 60th Infantry, 23rd Battalion, and Sharpshooters. Also the site includes a short history of the Regiment. There is a list of captains, and counties from which the companies came and a list to the Flag of the unit captured, at Petersburg, 31 March 1865.

Story by the great grandson of a soldier of the 41st Ala. Infantry, CSA

COMPANY I, 41st ALABAMA INFANTRY REGIMENT, C.S.A. Here is a story of the 41st by the g grandson of a person that was in that outfit when Lee's finest troops surrendered at Appamatox. You might find it interesting to read as one or more of your Fayette County, Al. ancestors might have been in same company. The previous listing showed the ones that were drafted, not the ones that returned. Anyone that wants to copy and use the story is welcome to do so. Moseason

I became interested in the history of this company because my great grandpa Moses Eason was a member thereof. According to my mother he was in the ambulance and first aid section that did what they could for the wounded and dying and picked up the dead. In WW2 language he was on the "meat wagon" team. On his enlistment record it said he was born Jan. 21, 1832, Newnan, Coweta County, Ga. and enlisted May 15, 1862, Fayette County, Al. and was mustered into Co. I, 41st Al. Inf. May 19, 1862. Knowing where your soldier was mustered in is the key to finding records of the Company at the Ala. Archives, Montgomery. All the 41st Inf. from Co. A thru Co. M. were mustered in at Tuscaloosa, Al. And the original handwritten rolls are in the Archives. The chief honcho of all the companies of the 41st Regiment was Col. H. Talbird and the regiment was called Talbirds Regiment. An original photocopy of the field and staff officers of this regiment is attached. Thomas W. Abernathy was Captain of Company I through most of the war, but J.M. Jeffries, Surgeon became commander of Co I, and at surrender he was commander of the whole 41st regiment. Surrender was at Appamatox. It was interesting to note that John C. Kirkland of Fayette Co. was captain of one of the companies. I have been living within 1/2 mile of some of his Kirkland descendants for the last several years. A post office named Machine was listed for his house in 1899. I didn't realize I was living at Machine, Al. Thought I was at 4146 County Road 51, Fayette, Al. I believe Kirkland at one time ran a gin and mill is probably the reason for the name Machine. Some people also got hung in this Machine neighborhood for not joining up. J.C. Kirkland's son Burie D. was chief landowner and honcho of this neighborhood when I was growing up. Kirkland Jr. Hi School of Fayette County was named for him. I read in another source that the total enrollment in the various Companies of the 41st Inf. Regiment, CSA exceeded 1400 soldiers at various times and that only 170 survived. My ancester Moses Eason was lucky to be in Co I with a Surgeon in command of the 41st at the end, and to have survived. From the Archive records in Montgomery there is not much info on who survived, just who got mustered in and went off to die for a lost cause. ?

Places and actions of Co. I: At a place near Grahams (location not stated) 4/3/1862©6/30/1862. Prob training camp. At Murfeesboro, Tn. June 30 Jul 31, 1862. At least part of the 41st was enroute to Ky. Sept 1862. Nov. & Dec. 1862 at Tullahoma, Tn. Dec. 4,6 to Jan. 13, 6 at Tullahoma, Tn. Co I has been engaged in 2 actions since last muster, one at Hartselle, Tn. on the 8th of Dec. 1862, and the other at Murfeesboro on the 30th of Dec 1862 and lasting until the 4th of Jan 1863. During the time we have been at Murfeesboro, not including the engagement above we have been employing our time drilling. The Co. is very well drilled. The men stout and healthy and ready for action at any time. At Manchester, Tn. Jan. and Feb. 1863. The Co. was engaged in the fight at Murfeesboro, Tn. Jan. 2, 1863. Marched from Manchester to Alison distance of 36 miles from Alisonia to Tullahoma distance 6 miles, from Tullahoma to Manchester distance 11 miles, where we are now quartered. March and April 1863: The Co. moved 9 or 10 miles on the night of 21st of April 1863 in the direction of McMinville and returned next morning to Manchester. May and June 1863 place not mentioned. June to Oct. 31, 1863: On the 1st of July we left Jackson marched in the direction of Big Black. Went as far as Champion Hill. Fell back from that place on the 5th and arrived at Jackson on 7th. Ordered into line of battle on the 9th. Remained in that position 8 days. Nothing occurring of importance during that time except heavy skirmishing. Fell back from Jackson on the night of the 17th, marched to Brandon, batched?, remained one night and resumed our line of march next day, halted at Newtons? Miss. Took up camp and remained there until ordered to Tn. Left for Tn. on 27th Aug. and arrived at Tenner Station , Tn. 4th Sept. Marched in to Chattanooga on 7th Sept. and left there on the 8th, arrived at Lafayette, Ga. 11th, left there 19th, met the Federals on the 18th and after big fighting for 3 days repulsed and routed them. Persued thence to Chattanooga on 21st . Remained there until 23rd Oct. , and marched from there to this place. Next place: Morristown, Tn. Nov. & Dec. 1863. No action there. Nothing was recorded for 1864. Must have been in Northern, Va. January and February, 1865 they were at Petersburg, Va. This Company was last mustered in the trenches near Petersburg, Va. where it has been ever since. They were about starved when Lee surrendered to Grant in May 1865.


I have walked along the rail fence on the gravel road at Appomatox where Lee's armies surrendered. It took Grant 3 days before he had the Rebels stack arms. But it was done in style when it occurred. Grant put General Joshua L. Chamberlain in charge of accepting the surrender. He ordered the Federal troops to salute the Confeds as they passed by giving up their arms. Here's what Chamberlain said in his book "The Passing of the Armies". "I resolved to mark it by some token of recognition which could be no other than a salute of arms. I was well aware of the criticism that would follow my main reason, however, was one for which I sought no authority nor asked forgiveness. Before us in proud humiliation stood the embodiment of manhood: "men whom neither toils and sufferings, nor the fact of death, nor disaster, nor hopelessness could bend from their resolve; standing there before us now, thin, worn and famished, but erect, and with eyes looking level into ours, waking memories that bound us together as no other bond; was not such manhood to be welcomed back into a Union so tested and assured." In the next paragraph the yankee soldiers saluted the Rebels and the Rebels returned their military salutes as 28,331 of Lee's marched by to give up their arms and flags. They were allowed to keep their horses and personal belongings. "On our (Federal) part not a sound of trumpet more, nor roll of drum; not a cheer, nor word nor whisper of vain glorying, but an awed stillness rather, and breath holding, as if were the passing of the dead!" From early morning until early afternoon the saluting Southern soldiers marched past and the saluting Union soldiers, stacked their rifles and their tattered Confederate flags, and started for home. Home was anywhere from 100 to 1000 miles away. Counting the Union troops, about 100,000 men had been at Appamatox that day. Seventy-two hours later all were gone home. There would have been no Fred McCaleb without Moses Eason.
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Orphan Brigade site. This brigade included the 41st Ala. Infantry and the 31st Ala. Infantry. There were also Tennessee and Kentucky battalions that served at Shiloh.

Please follow this link to read a short history of the 41st Alabama Infantry, compiled by Hayes Lowe.
This site dedicated to W.C. Beavers who was a member of the 41st Alabama, Company F.
This page describes where the 41st Ala. fits into the CSA Amry.