"55th Regiment, Alabama Infantry Volunteers"
It was organized at Port Hudson, Louisiana, contained 900 veterans. It was formed by consolidating Norwood's 6th and Snodgrass' 16th Alabama Infantry Battalions. The men were from Madison, Cherokee, Calhoun, Jackson, and Marshall Counties. Assigned to Buford's Brigade, Sept. of Mississippi and East Louisiana, the unit saw action in the fight at CHAMPION'S HILL and in the trenches of JACKSON.
Later, it was attached to General Scott's Brigade, Army of Tennessee and was active in the ATLANTA campaign and Hood's Tennessee operations.
Ordered to North Carolina it fought its last battle at BENTONVILLE. This regiment entered the Battle of PEACH TREE CREEK with 22 officers and 256 men; and lost 14 officers and 155 men killed and wounded. It surrendered with the Army on April 26, 1865.
The Field officers were COLONEL JOHN SNODGRASS, Lt. COLONELS N.S. GRAHAM and JOHN H. NORWOOD, and Majors JAMES B. DICKEY and JOSEPH N. JONES.
Two of the 900 ENLISTED MEN were:
GREEN L. KNIGHTON (my gggrandfather) - Co "C"- Private
W.T. KNIGHTON- (William Thomas Knighton, son of Green T.)- Co "C" - Private.
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