The Civil War in the East

4th Alabama Infantry Regiment

 

The 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment mustered 1,422 men during the Civil War, of whom 240 died in battle and nearly 100 of disease.

1861

May 2

Organized at Dalton, Georgia, under Colonel Egbert J. Jones and Major Charles Lewis Scott and sent to Viginia

May 7

Mustered into sevice at Lynchburg for twelve months and sent on to Harpers Ferry

Early July

Attached to General Barnard Bee's Third Brigade (2nd and 11th Mississippi and 1st Tennessee)

July 21

Battle of Manasas (Bull Run)

Captain Lewis E. Lindsay and 37 enlisted men were killed, Colonel Jones was mortally wounded, dying September 3, and Major Charles L. Scott and other men were 206 wounded out of 750 engaged

 

General Beauregard's report says: "The Fourth Alabama also suffered severely from the deadly fire of the thousands of muskets which they so dauntlessly confronted under the immediate leadership of Bee himself. Its brave colonel (E. J. Jones) was dangerously wounded and many gallant officers fell, slain or hors de combat... It was now that General Johnston impressively and gallantly charged to the front with the colors of the Fourth Alabama by his side, all the field officers of the regiment having been previously disabled. The brave Bee was mortally wounded at the head of the Fourth Alabama."

November 8

Thomas Goldsby promoted to lieutenant colonel

1862

January

Regiment reenlisted for three years under Colonel Evander McIvor Law

April

Lt. Colonel Goldsby resigned

May 2

Major Owen Kenan McLemore (USMA 1856) was transferred from the 14th Alabama and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the 4th

May 31-
June 1

Battle of Seven Pines

Captain Gustavus B. Martin and 7 enlisted men were killed and 19 were wounded

June 15

Sent to join Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley, but returned with him to the Richmond area

June 27 -28

First Battle of Cold Harbor

Captains Hesley Armistead and 21 enlisted men were killed, Captain Alfred C. Price was mortally wounded, Lt. Colonel McLemore, Captains Frank C. Robbins and W. H. Robinson, Adjutant Robert T. Coles and 103 eniisted men were wounded out of 500 engaged

 

General Whiting said in his report: "Lieut.-Col. O.K. McLemore, Fourth Alabama, received a painful wound early in action, the command devolving on Capt. L. H. Scruggs, who conducted the regiment through."

July 1

Battle of Malvern Hill

Captain William Lee and 1 enlisted man were killed and Major D. Sterrett, Captain Lawrence Houston Scruggs and 11 enlisted men were wounded

August 22

Major Scott resigned. Captain Pinckney D. Bowles was promoted to major

August 29 - 30

Second Battle of Manasses

Lieutenant C. C. Ferris and 19 enlisted men were killed and 43 were wounded

Septembe 15

Battle of Boonesboro (South Mountain)

Lieutenant Colonel McLemore was mortally wounded; he died on September 4 in Winchester. Captain Lawrence H. Scruggs took over command of the regiment.

September 17

Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)

The regiment was commanded by Captain Scuggs. Colonel Law reported, "The Fourth Alabama pushed into the wood in which the skirmish had taken place the evening previous and drove the enemy through and beyond it .... Captain Scruggs commanding the Fourth Alabama received wounds while discharging his duty."

 

Captain James Sullivan and 7 enlisted men were killed and, and 42 enlisted men were wounded in addition to Captain Scruggs. Captain William M Robbins took command after Scruggs was wounded.

 

From the first of two brigade tablets on the Antietam battlefield:

"September 16, 1862.

 

On the evening of the 16th, Law's Brigade advanced from the fields in front of the Dunkard Church to a position in the East Woods, on either side of the Smoketown Road, where it supported the skirmishers of Wofford's Brigade in resisting the advance of Seymour's Brigade.

 

The engagement ceased at dark. At 10 P. M. the Brigade was relieved by Trimble's Brigade of Ewell's Division, and withdrawn to the woods west of the Dunkard Church."

 

From the second brigade tablet:

September 17, 1862

 

Law's Brigade advanced from the woods at the Dunkard Church at 7 A.M. and relieved Trimble's Brigade across the Smoketown Road south of this point. Gradually gaining ground to the left, its center on the open ground and its right in the East Woods, it assisted in repulsing the advance of Ricketts' Division, First Corps. Supported on the right by the 21st Georgia of Trimble's Brigade and the 5th Texas of Wofford's Brigade, it advanced to the northeast corner of Miller's Cornfield and the woods adjacent, from which it was dislodged by the advance of the Twelfth Corps. It withdrew to the fields south of the Dunkard Church and was not again engaged.

September 30

Major Bowles was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Lawrence Houston Scruggs of Company I was promoted to major

October 3

Lieutenant Colonel Bowles was promoted to colonel, Major Scruggs to lieutenant colonel and Captain Thomas K. Coleman of Company D to major

November 14

General Chilton's inspection report details, "Fourth Alabama, Col. P. D. Bowles: Arms mixed, in tolerable order, 12 wanting; 50 men needing clothes and shoes; 2 barefooted; camp in tolerable order."

December 13

Battle of Fredericksburg

Captain James H. Keith and 4 enlisted men were killed and 17 were wounded

1863

January 19

Transferred to Law's Alabama Brigade in Hood's Division of Longstreet's Corps per Lee's Special Orders No. 19

April 11 - May 6

Suffolk Campaign

July 1 - 3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence H. Scruggs. Captain W. W. Leftwich and 14 enlisted men were killed and 72 men were wounded. Lieutenant John P. Breedlove was wounded and captured.

 

A marker for the regiment is on South Confederate Avenue. It is the only regimental marker on the Gettysburg battlefield:


July 2. Left New Guilford 25 miles distant at 3 a.m. Arrived here and formed line about 4 p.m. and under fire from Smith's Union Battery on Rocky Ridge and the Sharpshooters in Plum Run Valley. Advanced at once against the Union Position on Little Round Top. The Regiment encountered the 83d Penna. and right wing of the 20th Maine. The conflict lasted until night-fall.

 

July 3. Occupied breastwork on western slope of Round Top with firing on skirmish line. At 5 p.m. intercepted near the Slyder house and aided in repulsing the Union Cavalry under Brig.-Gen. Farnsworth and pursued it into the forest south of the valley. About 11 p.m. the regiment under orders resumed position near here and lay inactive the next day and night.

 

July 5. About 5 a.m. began the march to Hagerstown.

 

Present officers and men about 275. Killed and wounded 87.

September

The regiment was transferred to the west with Longstreet and two divisions.

September 20

Battle of Chickamauga

Lt. Colonel Lawrence H. Scruggs was wounded, Major Thomas K. Coleman was mortally wounded, Captains Martin T. Billingsley and Reuben Vaughan Kidd and 11 enlisted men were killed and 53 enlisted men were wounded out of 300 engaged

October 3

Major Coleman died in Marietta of his wound from Chickamauga.

November 17 -
Decembe 4

Siege of Knoxville

Suffered 5 killed and 24 wounded, including Captains Henry H. Moseley and Frank C. Robbins, who were wounded and captured

1864

April

The regiment returned to the Eastern Theater with Longstreet's two divisions.

April 27

Captain John D. Ogilvie died in service

May 5 - 7

Battle of the Wilderness

Captain Bayless C. Brown and 14 enlisted men were killed and Major William Mack Robbins, Captains James H. Brown, James W. Darley and James Taylor Jones and 55 enlisted men were wounded out of 250 engaged

May 8 - 12

Battles of Spottsylvania

Lost 4 killed and 11 wounded

May 23 - 26

Battle of Hanover Junction

Captain Jason M. West is wounded

May 30
and June 1-12

Second Battle of Cold Harbor

 

June 3

Colonel Bowles commanded the brigade while Lt. Colonel Scruggs commanded the regiment

July 1864 -
April 1865

Siege of Petersburg

Captain Capt. A. Murray and 10 enlisted men were killed and 30 were wounded

1865

April 9, 1865

Appomattox Court House

Surrendered 21 officers and 202 men under Lt. Colonel Scruggs

 




 
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