15th Alabama Unit History

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Fifteenth Infantry Regiment

Cantry's (James) Regiment
A. Canty Rifles
B. Midway Southern Guards
D. Ft. Browder Roughs
E. Dale Beauregards
F. Brundridge Guards
G. Henry Pioneers
I. Quitman Guards
J. Eufaula Zouaves
K. Eufaula City Guard/Eufaula
L. Pike Sharpshooters


Field & Staff--Unassigned

This regiment organized at Fort Mitchell in the summer of 1861, and moved at once into Virginia. Joining the main army near Manassas, it was brigaded with the 21st Georgia, 21st N. Carolina, and 16th Mississippi, under Gen. G.B. Crittenden of Kentucky; Gen I.R. Trimble succeeding Crittenden in December. When the army moved over to Yorktown, the Fifteenth remained on the Shenandoah, in Gen. T.J. Jackson's division. It was engaged with slight loss at Front Royal and Winchester, but lost 9 killed and 33 wounded, out of 425, at Cross Keys. Moving over to Richmond, in Jackson's flank movement on McClellan, it entered the first battle of Cold Harbor with 412 men, and lost 34 killed and 110 wounded. Five days after, it suffered lightly at Malvern Hill. On the march in Maryland, it was engaged at Hazel River and Manassas Junction with a loss of 6 killed and 22 wounded. A day or two later the Fifteenth participated in the second and greater battle of Manassas, losing 21 killed and 91 wounded out of 440 men engaged. At Chantilly the regiment lost 4 killed and 14 wounded, and took part in the investment of Harper's Ferry, with trivial loss. At Sharpsburg, of 300 engaged, 9 were killed and 75 wounded. Under fire at Fredericksburg, the casualties were one killed and 34 wounded. The Fifteenth was then placed in a brigade uner Gen. Law (with the Fourth, Forty-fourth, Forty-seventh, and Forty-eighth Alabama regiments), Longstreet's corps. At Suffolk it lost 4 killed and 18 wounded. It took part in the grand assault of Hood's division on Gettysburg, and within a few minutes lost 72 killed, 190 wounded, and 81 missing, out of 644 men engaged. The Fifteenth suffered lightly at Battle Mountain, and, transferred to the West, bore its colors proudly at Chicamauga, where it lost 19 killed and 123 wounded, out of 425 engaged. In the fierce fights at Brown's Ferry and Lookout Valley, the regiment lost 15 killed and 40 wounded. Six killed and 21 wounded at Knoxville, and light loss at Bean's Station, closed the operations of the regiment in Tennessee. It took 450 men in at the Wilderness and Spottsylvania, and lost 18 killed and 48 wounded. At Hanover Junction and the second Cold Harbor the loss was 6 killed and 16 wounded, and then the regiment took its place in the "last ditch" at Petersburg. At Deep Bottom a third of its 275 men present were killed or wounded, and at Fussell's Mill the loss was 13 killed and 90 wounded. The Fifteenth took part in the subsequent severe fighting, and surrendered at Appomattox 170 strong. Of 1633 on the rolls, over 260 fell in battle, 440 died in the service, and 231 were transferred or discharged.

Field and Staff

Colonels - James Cantey of Russell; promoted. John F. Treutlen of Barbour; resigned. William C. Oates of Henry; wounded at Brown's Ferry. A.A. Lowther of Russell; wounded at Fussell's Mill.

Lieutenant Colonels - J.F. Treutlen; promoted. Isaac B. Feagan of Barbour; wounded at Gettysburg; retired.

Majors - J.W.L. Daniel of Barbour; resigned. A.A. Lowther; wounded at Wilderness; promoted.

Adjutants - Locke Weems of Russell; transferred to line. DeB. Waddell; transferred to line.

Captains, and Counties from Which the Companies Came.

Russell - A.A. Lowther; promoted. Locke Weems; mortally wounded at Gaines' Mill. F.K. Shaaf.

Barbour - Isaac B. Feagan; promoted. R.A. Wright; wounded at second Manassas; retired. Noah B. Feagan.

Macon - Peter V. Guerry; killed at first Cold Harbor. J. H. Ellison; killed at Gettysburg; .... Guerry.

Barbour - .... Worthington; died in the sevice. B.A. Hill; killed at Fussell's Mill.

Dale - E. Brooks; resigned. W.A. Edwards; resigned. G.A.C. Mathews; wounded near Richmond; retired. .... Glover; killed at Petersburg.

Pike - B.F. Lewis; resigned. Geo. Y. Malone; wounded at first Cold Harbor; retired. DeKalb Williams.

Henry - W.C. Oates; promoted. Henry C. Brainard; killed at Gettysburg. John A. Oates; died of wounds received at Gettysburg. DeB. Waddell.

Barbour and Dale - W.N. Richardson; captured in east Tennessee. Benjamin Gardner; resigned.

Pike - Frank Park; killed at Knoxville. W.H. Strickland; wounded at Fussell's Mill.

Barbour - Henry C. Hart; transferred to department duty. W.J. Bethune; wounded at Gettysburg.

Pike (March 1862) - .... Hill; killed at Cross Keys. Lee Bryan; wounded at first Cold Harbor; retired. Jas. Hatcher.
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Flag: 15th Alabama Infantry
Catalogue No. 86.3938.1

Provenance Reconstruction:

According to tradition, this flag was presented to the regiment (Col. James Cantey accepting) at Ft. Mitchell in the summer of 1861, by Miss Mary Chambers of Russell County. While the regiment probably did receive a flag at that time, this flag could not have been issued any earlier than November 1861.1

This flag was among those manufactured by three sewing circles in Richmond, Virginia at the request of Confederate Quartermaster Colin Selph. According to former Colonel A. A. Lowther, 15th Alabama Infantry, this flag was carried by the regiment during Stonewall Jackson's Valley campaign and fought under at the battles of Winchester, Cross Keys and Port Republic of that campaign. It was again fought under at Cold Harbor, in the campaign against McClellan below Richmond and at Cedar Run. When the regiment was issued a new flag, Lowther retained possession of this flag. The flag was presented to the Alabama Department of Archives and History by Lowther's daughter Miss Virginia Lowther of Macon, Georgia. It was received on March 18, 1927.

Biggs, Greg. "Ragged Rags of Rebellion. The Flags of the Confederacy," an unpublished manuscript, Curator's Files, Alabama Department of Archives and History.
Curator's Object Files, Civil War Flags, Alabama Department of Archives and History.
Woodhead, Henry, editor. Echoes of Glory, Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy. Time Life Books, Alexandria, Virginia, 1991.

1 Flags of this pattern were issued to regiments in Virginia beginning in November and continuing into December, 1861. This flag is the second type of two designs which were issued at that time.
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There's a good site on Company E here: http://www.flemingmultimedia.com/15thAlaCoE/index.html

A few members of the 15th Alabama:


Isaac Ball Feagin. Feagin served as captain of Company B and later lieutenant colonel of the 15th Alabama Infantry.

More on him here: http://www.alabamapioneers.com/isaac-ball-feagin/


1st Lt. Joseph Mathew Ellison, Company C, 15th Alabama Infantry. A married farmer, Ellison was appointed as a 2nd Lieutenant by Governor Moore, entering the military on 26 July 1861 at Fort Mitchell, Alabama. Ellison, later promoted to 1st Lieutenant, fought in the bloody spring and summer Virginia battles of 1862. He resigned his commission at Port Royal, Virginia on 22 December 1862.

ELLISON, Joseph Mathew, 2nd Lt., 1st Lt. (enlisted, aged 27; promoted, 1st Lt., 1 Feb 62; resigned, 22 Dec 62; reenlisted, 2nd GA Cavalry)


Pvt. Preston Sellers, Company L, 15th Alabama Infantry. A single farmer, Sellers enlisted on 11 March 1862 in Perote, Alabama. He was captured on Little Round Top at Gettysburg on 2 July 1863 and died due to disease as a POW at Fort Delaware on 1 December 1863.

SELLERS, W. P. (enlisted, aged 20; captured, Gettysburg, and died as POW, 1 Dec 63)



Cpl. Isaac Henry Tate, Company A, 15th Alabama Infantry.

TATE, Isaac (enlisted 1 April 63, aged 17; a merchant; wounded, The Wilderness)


Reunion of the 15th Alabama at Montgomery, Nov. 12th & 13th, 1902.

Edit to add: Lots of other images here:
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