43RD ALABAMA INFANTRY A Virtual Cemetery created by: Hutch
Description: The 43rd was organized at Mobile in May 1862. It was made up of men recruited from the counties of Marengo, Greene, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Jefferson and Mobile. The unit was first ordered to Chattanooga and then moved into Kentucky under General Kirby Smith but was not actively engaged. The regiment subsequently returned to East Tennessee and operated there for several months. It fought at Chickamauga suffering severe losses. As part of Longstreet's Corps, the regiment was shortly after sent towards Knoxville and took part in the investment there with light loss. It was also in the fight at Beene's Station but casualties were few. Having endured the bitter Winter campaign in east Tennessee, the regiment reached General Beauregard at Petersburg, Virginia in May 1864. At the battle of Drewry's Bluff the regiment was hotly engaged and loss severely in casualties. It was then in the trenches of Petersburg from June 1864 until the close, fighting continually and taking part in most of the battles that occurred by the attempts of the enemy to flank the confederate line. At Appomattox the 43rd, with other portions of the brigade, had just driven back a line of the enemy and taken a battery when the surrender of the army was announced. Of 1123 names on the rolls of the 43rd, about 100 were killed, about 226 died of disease and 161 were discharged or transferred. At the surrender at Appomattox, about 50 men were present for duty.