20th Alabama Infantry
Later the regiment was attached to Brig. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee's (assumed command 3 May 1863) 2d Brigade (Battle of Champion Hill, there after reorganized as the 3d Brigade) of Maj. Gen. Carter L. Stevenson's Division, Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton's Army of Vicksburg, and commanded by Col. Isham W. Garrott and Lt. Col. Edmund W. Pettus (captured and escaped 5 May 1863). Lt. Col. Pettus was the brother of Mississippi Governor John J. Pettus. Col. Garrott was promoted to Brig. Gen. on 28 May 1863, but died without knowing of it. [Refer to Edwin Bearss' The Vicksburg Campaign, Volume I, page 226, Volume II, pages 406 and 644 and Volume III, pages 778, 872 and 964.]
Did You Know?
President Abraham Lincoln, in speaking of Vicksburg's importance, is reputed to have stated early during the Civil War, "See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket."