Forty-Seventh Alabama
Infantry Regiment

Organized at Loachapoka, May 22, 1862, the Forty-seventh reached Virginia late in June. Assigned to Gen. Stonewall Jackson's corps, the regiment was brigaded under General Taliaferro, with three Virginia regiments and the Forty-eighth Alabama. A few weeks later the regiment passed through the ordeal of battle at Cedar Run, where it lost 12 killed and 76 wounded, or nearly a third of its force present. At the second Manassas the Forty-seventh was again engaged, and lost 7 killed and 25 wounded. It was present at Chantilly and the capture of Harper's Ferry; entered the battle of Sharpsburg with 115 men, and lost every commissioned officer present on the field, mustering 17 men the next morning under a sergeant. The regiment wintered on the Rappahannock and witnessed the repulse of Burnside at Fredericksburg. Transferred to the brigade of Gen. Law -- Fourth, Fifteenth, Forty-fourth, Fifty-seventh, and Forty-eighth Alabama -- Hood's division, Longstreet's corps, the Forty-seventh lost several men in the fight at Suffolk. Rejoining the main army, the regiment marched into Pennsylvania, and poured out the blood of its bravest men at Gettysburg. Two months later the corps was transferred to north Georgia, and the Forty-seventh lost very severely at Chicamauga. It took part in the investment of Knoxville with light loss, and in the privations of the winter campaign in east Tennessee. Rejoining the Virginia army the regiment fought with severe loss at the Wilderness, and was in the brilliant charge on Warren's corps at Spottsylvania, where the brigade opened the battle. In all the subsequent operations around Richmond the regiment took part, and in the grim defences that begirt Petersburg it endured the perils and privations of the last sullen and persistent struggle. As part of Perry's brigade, the Forty-seventh laid down its arms at Appomattox, about 90 strong.


Field and Staff

Colonels -- Jas M. Oliver of Tallapoosa; resigned. Jas W. Jackson of Tallapoosa; wounded at Sharpsburg; resigned. Michael J. Bulger of Tallapoosa.

Lieut. Colonels -- James W. Jackson; resigned. M. J. Bulger wounded and captured at Gettysburg; promoted. L. B. Terrell; killed at Darbytown Road.

Majors -- John Y. Johnston of Tallapoosa; resigned. J. M. Campbell of Cherokee; killed near Richmond.

Adjutants -- Henry A. Garrett of Tallapoosa; wounded at second Manassas; resigned W. H. Keller, relieved R. E. Jordan.


Captains, and Counties from Which the Companies Came.*

Tallapoosa -- M. J. Bulger; wounded at Cedar Run; promoted. John H. Hamm.

Tallapoosa -- Joseph Johnston, Jr.; killed at Gettysburg. Lieut. W. D. Bulger commanded.

Tallapoosa -- Joseph T. Russell; resigned. Wm. Ballard; wounded and captured at the Wilderness.

Tallapoosa and Chambers -- A. C. Menefee; killed at Cedar Run. Henry C. Lindsey; wounded at Sharpsburg.

Cherokee -- J. M. Campbell; promoted. F. T. J. Brandon.

Tallapoosa -- Daniel Clowers.

Tallapoosa -- J. V. McKee.

Coosa -- J. Fargerson.

Chambers -- James W. Kellum.

Tallapoosa -- James W. Herren; James H. Sanford; killed at the Wilderness.


*This roster is incomplete, and defective in more than one instance.

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Updated: April 25, 2000