Eleventh Alabama
Cavalry Regiment

(Forrest's) Cavalry Regiment
H. Leighton Rangers


The nucleus of this regiment was a battalion that served for some time under Gen. Forrest, and was commanded by Col. Jeffrey Forrest. Soon after the latter's death, the command was increased to a regiment, and re-organized. It was with Forrest in the attack on Athens and Sulphur Trestle, and in the fight at Pulaski, losing very severely in casualties on the expedition. The regiment rendered effective service to Gen. Hood. It was part of Roddy's force at Montevallo, and was in front of Wilson's column to Selma; At the assault on the works there, the Eleventh was in the trenches, and nearly all its men retired therefrom, as the part of the line held by them was not assailed. The regiment laid down its arms at Decatur.

Field and Staff

Colonels - John R. Burtwell of Lauderdale.

Lieut. Colonels - John Doan of Mississippi.

Adjutants - David Halsey of Franklin.
Four of the companies were from Franklin county, under Captains C. Hyatt, John Steele, Thomas Bonner, and Parker Rand; two from Lauderdale, Captains John Barr and Y. A. Gray; one from Morgan, Captain Z. F. Freeman; one from Limestone, Captain S. MeDonald; and two from the State of Mississippi, Captains Van Flake and J. A. Akers.

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