Alan J. Pitts
Re: Company I
Mon Jul 16 22:34:11 2001
Your original statement about Company "I" 18th Alabama is correct. 18th Alabama records on microfilm include twelve Alversons from Saint Clair County, ten in Company "I". All but one had enlisted in either Capt. Brewster's Company "A" or Capt. J. M. Thomason's Company "D", Blount's 5th Alabama Infantry Battalion. Evidently there were more than enough of these Saint Clair men to fill out Company "L", 18th Alabama, so the extras were scattered among other companies. Ten went to Company "I", one went to Company "G", and another young man enlisted in February 1863 in Company "L", 18th Alabama.
None of the Alversons remained in the 18th Alabama more than ten months. All (six or seven) still on roll in March 1863 transferred to Company "D", 9th Alabama Battalion, which later became Company "D", 58th Alabama Infantry Regiment. About four were still on roll when the regiment surrendered at Meridian, Mississippi, May 10, 1865. The 58th Alabama was evidently short on men, for it was combined with the 32nd Alabama in late 1863. Men from Company "D" surrendered with Company "H", consolidated 32nd/58th Alabama.
I also looked at the pension records and found several of the same Alversons. It appears that several men who belonged to the 18th Alabama for a few months and were discharged reenlisted in other Confederate commands, such as Company "E", 51st Alabama Mounted. Pension applications didn't include places for you to list each of the commands you served with during the war. Your ancestor appears to have applied for a pension from Madison County Alabama.
I hope this helps clear things up.