History of the 33rd Alabama
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The 33rd Alabama Infantry Regiment was officially organized and outfitted at Pensacola, Florida in April 1862. After dismounting heavy artillery from obsolete Fort McRee, the regiment was sent to Corinth, Mississippi, arriving just after the Battle of Shiloh. It’s baptism under fire occurred at Perryville, Kentucky in October of 1862 where it captured a battery, but suffered heavy casualties, including every field officer.

The next month the Army of Tennessee was organized, and the history of this great army is the history of the 33rd. The regiment was placed in General Patrick Cleburne’s Division, and contributed to his reputation of possessing the best assault troops in the Army of Tennessee. The 33rd drove the enemy before it in Hardee’s dawn assault at Murfressboro; it prevailed against the 6th Indiana (the Federal unit we portray) at Chickamauga; it helped hold the flank at Missionary Ridge; it helped bring the Federal pursuit to a bloody end at Ringgold Gap; it piled up the enemy dead at Pickett’s Mill and Kennesaw Mountain; it suffered through forced marches in stifling heat; and it charged the numerically superior enemies breastworks in several battles before Atlanta.

The colors of the 33rd, which was one of five different flags carried during the war, waved proudly over all these many battlefields, always with honor, until it was captured amid fierce fighting with gun butts and bayonets at the bloody Battle of Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864. Afterward, and before the Battle of Nashville, the remnants of the 33rd were consolidated with other decimated Alabama regiments to continue the struggle for independence. Only a hand full were left to face the unbearable reality of surrender in North Carolina in 1865. In fact, it is believed that the 33rd Alabama did not participate in General Johnston’s official surrender, but simply disbanded and went home.

Organization

The 33rd was organized at Pensacola, Florida on April 23, 1862. The 18th Infantry Battalion was merged into the 33rd in January, 1863. The 33rd was consolidated with the 16th and 45th Infantry regiments from January to April, 1865. The 33rd was last consolidated with the 1st, 16th, and 45th infantry regiments at Smithfield, North Carolina on April 8, 1865 while serving under the command of General Joseph Johnston. The 33rd disbanded before the official surrender, and was, therefore, not present when General Johnston surrendered his army to General William T. Sherman at Durham Station, North Carolina on April 26, 1865.

Assignments

Hawthorn's Brigade, 3rd Corps, Army of the Mississippi, Department #2 (June - July 1862)

Hawthorn's Brigade, Hardees' Division, Army of the Mississippi, Department #2 (July 1862)

Wood's Brigade, Hardee's Division, Army of the Mississippi, Department #2 (August 1862)

Wood's - Lowery's Brigade, Buckner's - Cleburne's Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Tennessee (November 1862 - November 1863)

Lowery's Brigade, Cleburne's Division, Hardee's Corps, Army of Tennessee (November 1863 - April 1865)

Battles

Munfordville (September 17, 1862)
Perryville (October 8, 1862)
Murfreesboro (December 31, 1862 - January 3, 1863)
Chickamauga (September 19 - 20, 1863)
Chattanooga Siege (September - November 1863)
Chattanooga (November 23 - 25, 1863)
Ringgold Gap (November 27, 1863)
Atlanta Campaign (May - September 1864)
New Hope Church (May 25 - June 4, 1864)
Kennesaw Mountain (June 27, 1864)
Atlanta Siege (July - September 1864)
Atlanta (July 22, 1864)
Ezra Church (July 28, 1864)
Jonesboro (August 31 - September 1, 1864)
Franklin (November 30, 1864)
Nashville (December 15 - 16, 1864)
Carolinas Campaign (February - April 1865)

Biographies

Colonel Samuel Adams

Company Rosters

Alabama Counties furnishing companies to the 33rd

Company A
Company B
Company C
Company D
Company E
Company F
Company G
Company H
Company I
Company K

Miscellaneous Soldiers (includes officers, surgeons, etc.)

Soldier's Letters

Letters from Company G

Flags of the 33rd Alabama

Hardee/Cleburne Pattern (Spring 1864 - November 30, 1864)

The Last Flag

Burial Records

Confederate Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Monuments, Memorials, and Gravemarkers

Private James McQueen, Co H (71.9k)
J. Enix, Co C*
John H. Green, Co H*
T. W. Montgomery*
Henry Burgit, Co D*
* Denotes a soldier who died between 1862 - 1865 while serving in the Confederate States Army

Soldiers Mentioned in the Confederate Roll of Honor

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