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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:
Birth Information:
Date of Death:
Death Information:
Discharge Date: 1861/08/08
Discharge Information: Special Order #59, General Headquarters.
Branch: Infantry
Regimental Unit: 7th Alabama
Company Unit: F
Co. Unit Name:
Pension Rec:
Authority: Muster-in roll, Camp Hardee, 31 Aug 1861.
First Name: Abraham    MI:
Marital Status:
Enlistment Date:
Enlistment Information: Age 55, Alabama, Dale County, Private.
Engage. con't:
Remarks con't:
Updated: April 11, 2008
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The Seventh Alabama Infantry Regiment

        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, February 23d.
    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 Edward Sr. 


Robert Earl Woodham (from an email to P.D. Unger 11/28/2008)