31st Regiment Infantry

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31st (A.H. Bradford's) Infantry Regiment was assembled in October, 1861, at Camp Trenton, Gibson Couty, Tennessee. Its members were recruited in the counties of Weakley, McNairy, Haywood, Gibson, Madison, and Decatur. For a time the unit was stationed at Fort Pillow, then moved into Kentucky with Bragg. Later the 31st was assigned to General Stewart's, Strahl's, and Palmer's Brigade, and in December, 1862, consolidated with the 33rd Regiment. It participated in the campaigns of the Army of Tennessee from Murfreesboro to Atlanta, was part of Hood's operations, and fought in North Carolina. This regiment contained 765 officers and men in April, 1862, and suffered about 100 casualties at Perryville. The 31st/33rd lost twenty-three percent of the 379 engaged at Murfreesboro, then the 31st had 21 disabled at Missionary Ridge and in December, 1863, totalled 157 men and 137 arms. It was included in the surrender on April 26, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Alsey H. Bradford, Fountain E.P. Stafford, and Edbert E. Tansil; Lieutenant Colonels Caleb M. Cason and Mansfield D. Jinkins; and Majors Samuel H. Hudson, Samuel Sharp, and John F. Smith.

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