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Confederate (CSV)


Charles Alexander Derby

(1828 - 1862)

Home State: Alabama

Education: Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Class of 1848

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 and clergyman in Alabama before the War.1 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.2

On the Campaign

Colonel Derby was killed in action at Sharpsburg.


9/12/1828; 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]