The History of 15th Alabama


"I have never been able to employ
language sufficiently strong to give high enough praise to those
titanic heroes who stood by their
colors with unflinching
courage and devotion, under all the vicissitudes
of outrageous fortune, until
the star of the Confederacy sank
beneath the horizon to rise no more.
No Spartan, no Roman, no
Englishman, no Frenchman, no American ever before
exhibited such sublime heroism.
The names of each, even the humblest,
of men to point out to their children
as the names of the purest patriots,
the most self-sacrificing and
noble men of any in the
history of the world."
-Colonel William C Oates, 15th Alabama

Basic Facts

Date of Organization: July 3, 1861

15th Alabama Co. G    Henry County Pioneers

Muster Out: April 9, 1865

The Fifteenth Alabama infantry was organized at Fort Mitchell in 1861; served in Virginia in the brigade commanded by Gen. Isaac R. Trimble; was in Stonewall Jackson's army and fought with distinction at Front Royal, May 23, 1862; Winchester, May 25th; Cross Keys, June 8th; Gaines' Mill or Cold Harbor, June 27th and 28th; Malvern Hill, July 1st, and Hazel River, August 22nd.

It fought and lost heavily at Second Manassas, August 30th, and was in the battles of Chantilly, September 1st; Sharpsburg, September 17th; Fredericksburg, December 13th; Suffolk, May, 1863; Gettysburg, July I to 3, 1863. July 2, 1863 engaged 20th Maine at Little Round.

Ordered to join Bragg's army, the regiment fought at Chickamauga September 19th and 20th; Brown's Ferry, October 27th; Wauhatchie, October 27th; Knoxville, November 17th to December 4th; Bean's Station, December 14th. Returning to Virginia this regiment upheld its reputation and won further distinction, as shown by its long roll of honor at Fort Harrison. It was engaged at the Wilderness, May 5-7, 1864; Spottsylvania, May 8th to 18th; Hanover Court House, May 30th; and Second Cold Harbor, June 1st to 12th.

It was also engaged before Petersburg and Richmond. At Deep Bottom, August 14th to 18th, one-third of that portion of the regiment engaged were killed.

Among its killed in battle were Capt. R. H. Hill and Lieut. W. B. Mills, at Cross Keys; Captain Weams (mortally wounded), at Gaines' Mill; Capt. P. V. Guerry and Lieut. A. McIntosh, at Cold  Harbor; Capts. J. H. Allison and H. C. Brainard, at Gettysburg, and Capt. John C. Oates died of wounds received in the same battle; Capt. Frank Park was killed at Knoxville, Captain Glover  at Petersburg, and Capt. B. A. Hill at Fussell's Mill.

Among the other field officers were: Cols. John F. Trentlen, Alexander Lowther, William C. Oates (who was distinguished throughout the war and served many years as a member of Congress and also as Governor of Alabama); Col. James Cantey, afterwards Brigadier-General; Lieut.-Col. Isaac B. Feagin and Maj. John W. L. Daniel.

Source: Confederate Military History, vol. VIII, p. 102

The abandoned Fort Mitchell now became a training camp for a new Alabama regiment to be mustered into the state's defense and later attached to the Confederate army.

This regiment was titled the 15th Alabama


Battles Fought

Fought on 28 Aug 1862 at 2nd Manassas, VA.

Fought on 1 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.

Fought on 2 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.

Fought on 20 Sep 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.
Fought on 25 Nov 1863 at Missionary Ridge, TN.

Fought on 27 Nov 1863 at Knoxville, TN.

Fought on 6 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.

Fought on 4 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 14 Aug 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 16 Aug 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 17 Aug 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 7 Oct 1864 at Darbytown Road, VA