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William M. Knight enlisted as a Private in (Old) Company A**, 5th Alabama Infantry May 6, 1861 at Grove Hill, Alabama, wounded May 5, 1864 at the battle of the Wilderness where captured, sent to Point Lookout, Maryland prison camp and transferred to Elmira, N. Y. July 13, 1864, died November 16, 1864, Chronic Diarrhea, buried in grave no. 504/904?

**This company subsequently became (New) Company I, 5th Regiment Alabama Infantry

Record of Events, Old Company A

May 13 to June 30, 1861 stationed at Farro X Roads, Fairfax, Co., Va.

Left Grove Hill, Alabama 6 May and reached Montgomery Ala. 8 Math 61. Left Montgomery 12 May reached Pensacola 13 May, and mustered into service same day. Left Pensacola 2d June and reached Richmond, Virginia 9th June. Left Richmond 18th June, reached Manassas Junction 19 June, and marched same day six miles to Bull Run Stone Bridge. Left Bull Run 22nd June at 8 1/2 o'clock P.M. and marched thirteen miles during night to Farro X Roads, Fairfax Co. Va. where we are now in camp.
[Compiled Service Records]

Residence was not listed;
Enlisted as a Private (date unknown).
He was listed as:
* POW (date and place not stated)
He also had service in:
"I" Co. AL 5th Infantry
Other Information:
Buried: Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records
- Research by R. Ross Houston


The Fifth Alabama regiment was organized at Montgomery, May 5,

Its first duty was at Pensacola, Fla. In August it was
ordered to report to the commending officer of the army of
Northern Virginia.

Its first colonel was the renowned Robert E. Rodes, who was
promoted to brigadier-general, October 21, 1861, and to the
rank of major-general, May 2, 1863. He was distinguished in
all the battles of Northern Virginia and was wounded and
disabled at Seven Pines, but recovered sufficiently to resume
command of the brigade at the battles of Boonsboro and
Sharpsburg. He was then placed in command of a division,
which he led in its brilliant charge on Hooker's line at
Chancellorsville, and it was for his gallantry in this battle
that he received the commission of major-general.

He was greatly distinguished at Gettysburg, The Wilderness,
Spottsylvania, the second battle of Cold Harbor, Castleman's
Ferry, Kernstown and Winchester. In the latter battle, while
triumphantly leading his division, he received a mortal wound,
lamented by his commanders and the entire army of Northern
Virginia, toward whose great victories he had largely

Generals Lee and Stonewall Jackson spoke of him in terms of
highest commendation, and at Gettysburg his gallantry and
skillful conduct elicited from General Lee his admiration and
special thanks.

The next commander of this regiment was Christopher C. Pegues,
who, like General Rodes, also reached great distinction, and
after winning the encomiums of his commander for his gallantry
in many battles, was killed while leading his regiment in the
bloody charge at Cold Harbor.

Allen T. Jones, Lafayette Hobson and Josephus M. Hall
afterward succeeded in command of this regiment. John T.
Morgan, afterward a brigadier-general, was at one time its
lieutenant-colonel, and Eugene Blackford its major.

Its first severe engagement was at Seven Pines, May 31 and
June 1, 1862, where it lost 27 killed and 128 wounded. It
also earned a well-merited meed of honor at Gaines' Mill and
Cold Harbor, June 27th and 28th; Malvern Hill, July 1st to
5th; Second Manassas, August 30th; Boonsboro, September 15th;
Sharpsburg, September 17, 1862; Chancellorsville, May 1 and 4,
1863; Gettysburg, July 1 to 3, 1863; the Wilderness, May 5, 6
and 7, 1864; Spottsylvania, May 8 to 18, 1864; Second Cold
Harbor, June 1 to 12, 1864; advance upon Washington, July,
1864; battle of Winchester, July 24, 1864, and the terrible
conflict in the trenches around Petersburg, September, 1864,
to April, 1865.

Among the other officers who were killed in battle were Capt.
G. W. Johnson at Cold Harbor, Capt. William T. Renfro at
Chancellorsville, Capt. N. R. E. Ferguson at the Wilderness,
Capt. George Reed near Winchester, Capt. J. N. Gilchrist at
Second Cold Harbor, Lieut. L. D. Wiley at Seven Pines,
Lieutenant Ramsey at Gaines' Mill, and Lieut. Albert J. Wilcox
at Gettysburg.

Source: Confederate Military History, vol. VIII, p. 66

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