5th (Smith's) Infantry Regiment
5th (Smith's) Infantry Regiment [also called
9th Regiment] was organized in July, 1862, with men from Kentucky
and Tennessee. It was formed by consolidating J. K. Walker's 2nd
Regiment Tennessee Volunteers and the 21st Tennessee Infantry
Regiment. The unit fought at Perryville before being assigned
to L. E. Polk's and Granbury's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. From
February, 1863, to April, 1864, it was united with the 3rd Confederate
Regiment. It participated in many campaigns of the army from Murfreesboro
to Atlanta, endured Hood's winter operations, and fought at Bentonville.
This regiment lost 5 killed, 34 wounded, and 6 missing at Perryville,
and had 7 killed, 64 wounded, and 12 missing at Murfreesboro.
In December, 1863, the consolidated unit totaled 338 men and 232
arms. The 5th contained about 100 men in July, 1864, but only
a remnant surrendered on April 26, 1865. Its commanding officers
were Colonel James A. Smith, Lieutenant Colonel James C. Cole,
and Major Richard J. Person.