ABRAHAM RILEY (SON OF JOHN, SR.) CIVIL WAR RECORDS
It is possible that this
Abraham is the son of John, Sr. Robert Earl Woodham considers this likely,
and notes that if this is indeed the son of John, Sr., he fudged his age by
about 7 years. Please note also that this Abraham probably joined the unit
when it formed in June, 1861, and was discharged a few months later in August of
1861 by 'Special Order #59'. Scroll down for ADAH records, a history of
the 7th Alabama, and Robert Earl Woodham's note of discovery.
|Last Name: Riley
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
|Discharge Date: 1861/08/08
|Discharge Information: Special Order
#59, General Headquarters.
|Regimental Unit: 7th Alabama
|Company Unit: F
|Co. Unit Name:
|Authority: Muster-in roll, Camp
Hardee, 31 Aug 1861.
|First Name: Abraham MI:
|Enlistment Information: Age 55,
Alabama, Dale County, Private.
The Seventh Alabama Infantry
The Seventh Alabama infantry regiment was organized at Pensacola,
in June, 1861, its field officers being: Sterling A. M. Wood, colonel; John
G. Coltart, lieutenant-colonel; Alfred A. Russell, afterward distinguished
as colonel of the Fourth Alabama cavalry, major. The regiment was engaged at
the bombardment of Pensacola, October 9, 1861, and immediately afterward was
ordered to East Tennessee. It enlisted for one year, and its time expired a
short period prior to the battle of Shiloh. Colonel Wood had been made
brigadier-general; Coltart, its lieutenant-colonel, had become colonel of
the Twenty-sixth regiment (afterward denominated the Fiftieth), and Russell,
the major, became colonel of the Fourth Alabama cavalry.
Two of the companies of the Seventh, commanded by Jesse J. Cox and
T. G. Jenkins, were cavalry. They retained their organization, fought at the
battle of Shiloh and afterward formed part of the Fifty-third cavalry. The
other officers and men, with rare exceptions, joined other commands, or
raised and organized other troops, of which they were made officers.
Extracts From Official Records
Vol. I--(469, 470) "Seventh regiment near Pensacola," August 8, 1861.
Letter of Col. S. A. M. Wood.
Vol. IV--(247, 248) "Regiment under command of Lieu-tenant-Colonel
Coltart." Letter of Colonel Wood, November 17, 1861, at Chattanooga.
Vol. VI--(460) Three companies of Seventh were assigned to the Second
battalion, commanded by Col. J. Patton Anderson, Pensacola, October 23,
1861. (777, 779) Referred to by General Bragg as having been transferred to
East Tennessee, December 10, 1861.
Vol. VII--(689) Letter of Colonel Wood, Chattanooga, November 21, 1861.
(713) Mentioned by Col. D. Leadbetter. (751) Mentioned by Gen. W. H.
Carroll, Knoxville, December 9th. (762) Gen. A. S. Johnston writes he has
ordered the Seventh from Chattanooga to Bowling Green, December 13th. (852)
In Third brigade, General Wood; First division, army of Kentucky, General
Hardee; January 31, 1862. (904) Colonel Coltart in command of regiment,
Vol. X--(383) In Wood's brigade, Third corps, army of the Mississippi,
April 6-7, 1862.
Vol. XVI, Part X--(960) Mentioned in Col. John T. Wilder's (Seventeenth
Indiana infantry) report, siege of Munfordville, Ky., September 14-17, 1862.
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When I visited the Archives,
one of the names I didn’t check was Abraham. Well, guess what—when I checked it
with the ADAH records, it turns out this is the ELDER Abraham – son of John Sr.
He listed his age on his enlistment as 55 (apparently fibbed a little in order
to get in); stated he was born in Dale County, Alabama; and was mustered in on 8
Aug 1861 at Camp Hardee in Company F, 7th Alabama Regiment.
When I saw that age – 55 --, it
blew my mind because I had always thought this was the younger Abraham, son of
Robert Earl Woodham (from an email to P.D. Unger 11/28/2008)