(William G.) Regiment
This regiment was organized at Pollard in September
1863. A number of the men had been in camps of instruction for
some time under the conscript law of congress, while the officers
were mostly veterans. The regiment was first brigaded under Gen.
Clanton, but in Junuary 1864 was ordered to Virginia. Reaching
Orange C. H., the regiment took the place of the Twenty-sixth
Alabama in Battle's brigade, Rodes' division. The Sixty-first
was first under fire at the Wilderness where its loss was severe,
but it captured a battery, killed Gen. Jenkins, and almost annihilated
his New York Zouave brigade. At Spottsylvania the Sixty-first
lost heavily in casualties and prisoners during the several days'
fighting. Its loss was not severe at the second Cold Harbor, and
it soon after moved into the Valley with Early, and crossed into
Maryland. At Snicker's Gap and Winchester the loss of the Sixty-first
was severe, and even larger at Fisher's Hill. Rejoining the main
army, the regiment took its place in the trenches at Petersburg,
and lost continually, especially in prisoners at Hare's Hill.
On the retreat to Appomattox the Sixty-first fought much of the
time and surrendered there 27 men under Capt. A. B. Fannin.