47th Regiment, Alabama Infantry
47th Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Loachapoka, Alabama, in May, 1862, and moved to Virginia in June. Most of its members were drawn from Chambers, Tallapoosa, Cherokee, and Coosa counties. The unit surrendered with 17 officers and 188 men.
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 Tallapoosa County
- Company B "Tallapoosa Light Infantry"- many men from Tallapoosa County
- Company C "Jeff Holly Guards" - many men from Tallapoosa County
- Company D - many men from Tallapoosa County and Chambers County
- Company E - many men from Cherokee County
- Company F - many men from Tallapoosa County
- Company G - many men from Tallapoosa County
- Company H - many men from Coosa County
- Company I "Chambers Infantry" - many men from Chambers County
- Company K "Goldthwaith Grays" - many men from Tallapoosa 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.
- Botsford, Theophilus F. Memories of the War of Secession. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990), FHL fiche 6082308
- Burton, Joseph Q. (Joseph Quarterman). Historical sketches of the forty-seventh Alabama Infantry Regiment, C.S.A. (University, Alabama : Confederate Pub. Co., c1982, FHL book 976.1 M2bb