A. Sipsey Guards
This regiment was organized in May 1862, and
soon after proceeded to Chattanooga. It operated in middle Tennessee
some months, then joined the army of Tennessee soon after its
return from the Kentucky campaign. It was initiated into the harsh
realities of war when "stormed at with shot and shell,"
as part of Hanson's devoted brigade, at Murfreesboro; and on that
fatal field left its brigadier and 198 of its dead and wounded.
The regiment then remained at Tullahoma till ordered to Mississippi
with the other portions of Breckinridge's division. It was engaged
in the operations for the relief of Vicksburg, and in the trenches
of Jackson. Having rejoined the Army of Tennessee, the Forty-first
was in the forward movement at Chicamauga, and in the fierce struggle
over the enemy's fortified position, left its brigade commander
(Gen. Helm of Kentucky) and 189 men on the bloody field. The regiment
was shortly after transferred to the brigade of Gen. Gracie of
Mobile--Forty-third, Fifty-ninth, and Sixtieth Alabama, and Stallworth's
battalion. As part of Longstreet's corps, the Forty-first participated
in the bloody struggles and severe privations of the winter campaign
in east Tennessee, sustaining much loss. The regiment reached
Virginia in April 1864, and was engaged in the battle of Drewry's
Bluff and Dutch Gap. It was then in the protracted siege at Petersburg,
and in the bloody battles around that city. The regiment was also
very hotly engaged at Hatcher's Run, and in the fighting on the
retreat to Appomattox; and was there fighting under the matchless
Lieut. Gen. Gordon, when the flag of truce appeared. About 270
of its number were there present for duty, under Col. Stansel.
Of 1454 names on its rolls, about 130 were killed, about 370 died
of disease, and 135 were transferred or discharged.