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5th Alabama Infantry Battalion

Organized: near Dumfries, VA; mustered in 12/1861
Disbanded/Mustered out: Appomattox Courthouse, VA 4/9/1865


Commanding Officer on the Sharpsburg Campaign:
  Capt. Charles M. Hooper


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

Unit history

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.

On the Sharpsburg 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.

Battlefield Tablet for this Unit

Tablet #348: Hill's Light Division, Jackson's Command - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 19 Sep, 9 AM

After the Sharpsburg Campaign

The battalion surrendered 125 officers and men at Appomattox Courthouse 9 April 1865.

References & Notes

Source: A Short History online from James W Martin.

We have one individual in the AotW database who was on the Maryland Campaign with this unit:


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DCaptHooper, Charles Mallet        We have some details for this person


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