The Fifty-sixth was formed during the summer of 1863 by
consolidating the 13th and 15th Battalions Partisan Rangers. Its
companies were from Autauga, Montgomery, Mobile, Butler and Walker
counties. For a time it served under General Ruggles, Department
of Mississippi and East Louisiana, then was assigned to Ferguson's
Brigade, Army of Tennessee. It fought in the campaign of the Carolinas
and surrendered on April 26, 1865, with about 50 men. Its commanders
were Colonel William Boyles and Lieutenant Colonels A. W. DeBardeleben,
William A. Hewlett and William Martin. Also see 13th Battalion,
Alabama Partisan Rangers.
Field and Staff
Colonels -- William Boyles of Mobile.
Lieut. Colonels -- Wm. A. Hewlett of Walker; transferred. P. H. Debardelaben of Autauga; transferred. Wm. F. Martin of Mobile.
Majors -- P. H. Debardelaben; promoted. Wm. F. Martin, promoted. Thomas D. Hall of Autagua.
Captains, and Counties from Which the Companies Came.
Autauga and Montgomery -- Thomas D. Hall; wounded near Kingston, Ga; promoted. George Rives.
Mobile -- W. F. Martin; promoted; James W. Bryant.
Butler -- F. D. N. Riley.
Mobile -- William McGill; killed near Decatur, in Morgan. H. O. Eaton.
State of Mississippi -- Geo. F. Peake, (company detached.).
Walker --..... Johnson; killed accidentally. ... Broach.
There were also five companies from Walker and adjacent counties, under Captains Bibb, Sheppard, James Moore, and Rice; the latter succeeded by Capt. Morrow, as he was absent without leave.
William Andrew Sims--Co. A
David Thomas Cole--Co. K