44th Regiment, Alabama Infantry
44th Infantry Regiment was organized at Selma, Alabama, in May, 1862, and reached Richmond, Virginia, on July 1. Its companies were raised in the counties of Lowndes, Dallas, De Kalb, Shelby, Wilcox, Bibb, Randolph, and Calhoun.The unit surrendered with 17 officers and 192 men at Appomattox.
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Companies by County:
- Company A - many men from Lowndes County and Dallas County
- Company B - many men from Bibb County
- Company C - many men fromWilcox County
- Company D - many men from Shelby County
- Company E - many men from Shelby County
- Company F - many men from Bibb County
- Company G - many men from Dallas Couny and Bibb County
- Company H - many men from Bibb County
- Company I - many men from Randolph County
- Company K - many men from Calhoun County
The list of companies with their counties and muster rolls is found on history-sites.com web site.
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Alabama in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Alabama in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Alabama, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
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- Garrett, J.J. "Forty-Fourth Alabama Regiment," Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society, Vol. 2 (1898):34-38. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
- Little, Robert Henry. A year of starvation amid plenty, or, How a Confederate soldier suffered from hunger and cruelty in a prison of war during the awful days of the sixties ( 44th Alabama Infantry Regiment). (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990), FHL fiche 6082306
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).