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Posted February 17, 1997 by Steven L. Driskell.
2. Organization by Captain Wilson P. Howell
Organization of the Ten Companies of the 25th Alabama Regiment and later the forming the regiment in 1861
This regiment was composed of ten companies: the companies approximately containing one hundred men each.
Major John D. Loomis of ---------- Alabama (Coosa County) organized the first Alabama Battalion of Infantry composed of the following companies:
Captain M. Harpers Company which was known as Company A in the organization of the regiment was raised in Covington County. Captain Harper was killed in our first battle Shiloh. This company was commanded after that for a while by a German by the name of Charles Corege and later by Bushrod W. Bell, till the close of the war.
Company B was raised by Captain John B. Curtis of Pike County. Captain Curtis did not remain long with the regiment. His successor was Captain N. B. Rouse who was promoted to Major just before the close of the war.
Company C was raised in Shelby County, at and near Columbiana by Captain Wiley H. Pope. His Lieutenants were Willis Pledger, Scofield, and Gardner. Scofield was killed in the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee in December 1862. Captain Pope being an old man and too frail to stand the service, soon resigned and Willis Pledger became his successor and remained in command of the company until the close of the war.
Company D was raised in St. Clair County by Captain A. W. Nixon. The Lieutenant was H. Lewis Morris. Captain Nixon soon resigned and Lt. Morris  became Captain and remained in command till the end.
Company E was raised in Pickens County by Captain D. M. Richards . This company was organized at Providence in the above said county in September 1861. The Lieutenants were W. C. Gibson, J. J. Richardson, and W. Shilton.
These companies were organized in the First Alabama Battalion at Ft. Gaines, Alabama in September 1861. Mustered into the service of the Confederate Army by Major John D. Loomis who had served in the war with Mexico.
Wm. B. McGlellan of Talladega who before the war was a Brigadier General in the State Militia organized at Newoka Campground (Talladega County) in October 1861 a battalion of four companies to wit.
Company F as it was known in the regiment was raised by the popular and now well known Wm. A. Handley  of Roanoke, Alabama. This company was organized at Louina (?) in Randolph County by Captain Handley. The Lieutenants in this company were David Harris, J. T. Manning (?) and Gasden.
Captain Handley resigned the second year of the war and his brother F. M. Handley  a Cadet from the State University became Captain of the company and remained on till the -----.
Company G 
Company G was organized at Millerville (then Talladega County - now Clay County) by Captain Joseph D. McCann in the summer of 1861. His Lieutenants were: Archibald A. Patterson 1st Lt. who was killed at the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee in December 1862; T. G. Slaughter 2nd Lt. who has been in the itinerant Ministry of the M. E. Church, South continuously since 1864 and Daniel Brown 3rd Lt.
Company H was organized by Captain Edwin C. Turner in Talladega County in the summer of 1861. I can only call to mind now Lt. William Spence, Jr. of that Company. I think as well as I remember Captain Turner resigned about the middle of 1862 and the Company was commanded by Captain Spence. 
Company I was organized at Oak Level then Calhoun now Cleburne County in July 1861 with Matthew Alexander as Captain, W. P. Howell 1st Lt., Lie Adams 2nd Lt. and James L. Roberts 3rd Lt. 
These companies were organized into a Battalion by W. B. McClellan
and mustered in the Confederate States Army by General McClellan at
Newoka Campground ten miles south of the City of Talladega the 14th of
I remember and recall the name Walker Reynolds of that community (a wealthy planter) to whom we were much indebted for supplies (up to the time we were organized into a Battalion, our rations came from the voluntary contributions of the citizens).
On being mustered into the service, General McClellan (as he was called) furloughed the men for six or eight days to visit their homes before taking final leave for the field of actions.
At the end of this time, we reassembled at Newoka
and in a day or two embarked for Auburn, Alabama to go into camp of
instruction. The 4 companies boarded the train at Alpine 10 miles
below Talladega and ran down to Selma there by boat to Montgomery (there was no railroad from Selma to Montgomery then).
We remained in camp north of the city a few days and over there at the
meeting of the Legislations of 1861. From there we went by rail to
Auburn and went in camp of instructions.
of Company I joined us there. I, as 1st Lt. having been in command of
the company from the time of leaving Oak Level, 24 September.
Colonel John Q. Loomis whose Battalion had been in camp at Fort Gaines and General McClellan (we called hime General because he had been for years Brigadier General of the State Militia) had made arrangements to unite the two Battalions and form a regiment and go in camp together at Mobile.
So the day before Christmas 1861, we struck tents
and boarded the train for that place by way of Montgomery. We reached
Montgomery in the early part of the day and remained there till late in
the evening. Captain Alexander while in the capital city met an old time friend in the person of Chief Justice Walker
of the Supreme Court of Alabama and up this time we had drawn no
clothing or blankets from the government neither. Money and winter was
before us, but Judge Walker came generously to our relief by taking
Captain Alexander to one of the merchants of the city and purchasing an
entire outfit of woolen blankets for the entire company, with the
understanding he was to be reimbursed when the men drew their pay from
the government which was done in the course of a few months.
Late in the afternoon on Christmas eve, we boarded the train for Mobile (soldiers were transported mainly in freight cars, not in passenger coaches) .
Some of the men were left sick at Auburn and others had taken measles
on the way and after traveling all night in box cars without fire (the weather was cold)
we reached Mobile early on Christmas morning and we were marched around
to some large empty cotton warehouses to spend the day. And it was the
saddest day most of us had ever seen. We were all intensely home sick
and many of the men were sick with measles and camp diseases and our
minds would naturaly revert to Christmas we had enjoyed in days gone by
at our homes, with family, kindred and friends. All those things
contributed to intensify our grief.