54th Alabama Infantry

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This unit was attached to Brig. Gen. Abraham Buford's 2d Brigade of Maj. Gen. William Wing Loring's Division, Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton's Army of Vicksburg, and commanded by Col. Alpheus Baker (wounded in action 16 May 1863), and Maj. Thomas H. Shackleford. At the beginning of the Vicksburg Campaign, the brigade, less the 54th and 55th Alabama, was at Port Hudson, LA. The 54th Alabama was retained at Canton, MS, and assigned to Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman's Brigade. When Buford's brigade was re-organized and ordered to Tullahoma, TN, on or about 15 April 1863, and then recalled on 18 April 1863, both regiments were re-attached to the brigade and participated in the Battle of Champion Hill on 16 May 1863. On 19 May 1863, the division arrived at Jackson, MS, and was attached to Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Army of Relief, Department of the West. [Refer to Edwin Bearss' The Vicksburg Campaign, Volume I, page 593; VolumeII, pages 250 and 643, and Volume III, page 1151.]

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