The Civil War in Alabama

Alabama 56th Cavalry Regiment Partisan Rangers

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The 56th Alabama Cavalry Regiment, Partisan Rangers, was made up of two battalions (13th and 15th), commanded by Majors William Boyles (15th Battalion) and William A. Hewlett (13th Battalion)and which had been in service several months. The men were recruited from the counties of Autauga, Butler, Mobile, Montgomery, and Walker. Thus organized in the summer of 1863, the 56th operated in north Mississippi for some time under Gen'l Daniel Ruggles. It was there brigaded under General Samuel W. Ferguson and sent to north Georgia. It served on the flank of the army during the Dalton-Atlanta campaign, and it saw arduous duty. The regiment moved with Gen'l John Bell Hood to the Tennessee, then it turned and harassed Union Gen'l William T. Sherman. It was in the trenches of Savannah and operated near Augusta. It moved into the Carolinas and was surrendered at Greensboro, 26 April 1865, about 150 strong.


William Boyles (Mobile)
Lieutenant Colonels
William A. Hewlett (Walker; resigned, 16 Feb 1864)
Arthur Warren Debardelaben (Autauga; resigned, 13 June 1864)
William F. Martin (Mobile)
Arthur Warren Debardelaben (promoted)
William F. Martin (promoted)
Thomas D. Hall (Augauga)
Augustine I. Sykes
David H. Boyles


  • General Samuel W. Ferguson's Brigade


  • The Atlanta Campaign

  • Waynesboro

  • Savannah

  • The Carolinas Campaign

  • River's Bridge
    Aiken - Feb. 11, 1865



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