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Confederate (CSV)


Charles Alexander Derby

(1828 - 1862)

Home State: Alabama

Education: Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Class of 1848;Class Rank: 5/24

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 44th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), he was a teacher in the 1850s in Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, and Alabama. He studied theology 1856-57 and was ordained in the Episcopal Church in Alabama, and in 1860 he was a Protestant Episcopal minister at Cahaba in Dallas County, AL. He was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the 44th Alabama Infantry on its organization in May 1862, and was promoted Colonel on the resignation of Colonel James Kent on 1 September 1862.2

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

References & notes

Personal details from VMI,1 family genealogists, and the US Census of 1860. His service from the Alabama Archives.2 His memorial is on Findagrave.

He married Clara J. Hunt (1830-) in 1853 in Marietta, GA. He married again, Charlotte Bassett (1838-) in December 1859 and they had a daughter Martha (1860-1949).

More on the Web

Three of his 1862 letters are among his papers in the collection of the VMI Archives, Lexington [finding aid].


09/12/1828; Dinwiddie County, VA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD


1   Charles A. Derby Papers (MS#030).
Virginia Military Institute, and Diane B. Jacob, Head, Archives & Records Management, Virginia Military Institute Archives, Published c.2000, first accessed 01 January 2003, <>, Source page: /manuscripts/msguide2.html#Derby  [AotW citation 191]

2   State of Alabama, State Archives, and Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, director, and staff, Alabama Department of Archives & History, Published c.2000, first accessed 08 July 2005, <>, Source page: /referenc/alamilor/44thinf.html  [AotW citation 192]