5th Alabama Infantry BattalionOrganized: near Dumfries, VA; mustered in 12/1861
Disbanded/Mustered out: Appomattox Courthouse, VA 4/9/1865
|Commanding Officer: |
Capt. Charles M. Hooper
|Battlefield Tablet for this Unit:|
Tablet #348: Hill's Light Division, Jackson's Command - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 19 Sep, 9 AM
This Battalion's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of Northern Virginia
Corps - Jackson's Command
Division - A. P. Hill's Light Division
Brigade - Archer's Brigade
History of the Unit:
Designated the "8th Infantry Battalion" at least through January 1862, they joined Archer's Brigade as the 5th in June of 1862. They were at Mechanicsville and Gaines' Mill, where the 5th lost their colors to the 2nd Maine. At 2nd Manassas the battalion was again engaged, and their commander, Captain Thomas Bush was killed (29 Aug 1862). He was relieved in command by (then) Lieutenant Charles M. Hooper.
In the Antietam Campaign:
After the capture of Harpers Ferry the 5th remained on guard duty, as the rest of Archer's Brigade (A. P. Hill's Light Division) marched to Sharpsburg on 17 September. No losses are reported for the 5th Battalion during the Harper's Ferry and Antietam Campaigns.
The remainder of the War:
The battalion surrendered 125 officers and men at Appomattox Courthouse 9 April 1865.
References, Sources, and other Notes:
Source: A Short History online from James W Martin.
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