The 39th AL Infantry Regiment was organized at Opelika in May 1862 with men from Barbour, Henry, Pike, Russell, and
It was sent at once to Mississippi. It was brigaded there under Gen'l Frank Gardner with the 19th, 22nd,
25th, and 26th AL Regiments.
It participated in the march into KY, with little fighting, and came back with the army to
Murfreesboro. The regiment took part in that battle, and with heavy losses (95), having gained much credit for repulsing an
attack of the enemy the day before. The regiment was with the army when it fell back to the Chattanooga line, and it took part
in the battle of Chickamauga with a very heavy loss of men (31% of 310 engaged). At Missionary Ridge, the loss was light, and
the 39th, now under Gen'l Deas of Mobile as brigade commander, wintered at Dalton.
It reported 337 men and 219 arms in December, 1863. From there to Atlanta the regiment was
conspicuous in all the fighting of the army, suffering severely. They were present in the defense of Atlanta and at Jonesboro where they
again lost heavily. They marched with the army into TN and lost a number of prisoners at Nashville. The regiment then moved
to the Carolinas with Gen'l Johnston and took part in operations there, though much reduced in number. It was there consolidated
with the 22nd and 26th and 50th AL regiments but
was forced to surrender a few days later on the 26th of April 1865.
There were fewer than 90 officers and men remaining.
Co. "C", Pea River Rifles (Barbour)
If anyone has any information on those prisoners captured by
the North during the war please send it to me and I will include it here to aid
others in finding their ancestors. If you have an ancestor that vanished
during the civil war, you may want to check the POW records, I found my GGreat-grandfather
in the Elmira "Hellmira", NY prisoners records.