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The first definite proof that Emanuel served the Confederate cause was Judah Riley's application submitted on April 22,1887 for relief by widows of Confederate Soldiers under Act approved February 25, 1887. Judah appeared before John W. Parker, Judge of Probate in and for Dale County Alabama, and swore an oath that her husband Manuel died as a result of wounds received near New Hope Church, Georgia as a Soldier in Company E, 57th Alabama Infantry Regiment, also known as Scotts Brigade. Judge Parker stated that "I hereby certify that satisfactory proof has been made before me of the truth of the allegations set forth in the above affidavit and I believe Mrs Judah Riley is entitled to relief under the act approved February 25, 1887". This affidavit is on file in the ADAH Civil War Service Database, Montgomery, Alabama. The pension application was approved.

 On June 27, 1891 Judah submitted another application for relief by widows of Confederate Soldiers or Sailors, under act approved February 13, 1891. Judah appeared before Probate Judge J. W. Parker with the same result, that she had provided satisfactory proof of her claim.

 On May 18, 1892 Judah submitted another application and appeared before Probate Judge J. W. Parker with the same result as in 1891. 

On March 23, 1893 Judah submitted another application and appeared before Probate Judge M. M. Morris with the same result as in 1892.

 Judah Riley's Widows Applications provide the only proof that Emanuel served the Confederate cause. They do not provide his dates of service or a specific date of death. The ADAH Civil War Services Database did not have a record of Emanuels service prior to Judah's First Submittal. Nara Order G11-14930346E was submitted to the National Archives and Records Administration, Old Military and Civil Records LICON, Washington D.C. by Madelyn Stark with the Names Emanuel and Manuel Riley and they were unable to locate records on either of them.

 The following is submitted as a basis for some assumptions; The 57th Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized at Troy, Pike County Alabama in March 1863 as part of the brigade of Gen. Clanton of Montgomery. It was stationed at Mobile and Pollard till January 1864, when it was moved to Demopolis Alabama. Brigaded there under Gen. Buford (soon succeeded by Gen. Scott). Along with several other Regiments, the 57th Alabama joined the Army of the Tennessee in time to share fully the hardships of the Dalton-Atlanta Campaign. One of the Major Battles fought in this campaign took place at New Hope Church, near Dallas, Paulding County Georgia on 25-26 May 1864. Judah stated that Emanuel died from wounds received in this engagement. This would support a date of death on or near 26 May 1864. Marietta Georgia was the Medical Receiving Station for the wounded and dead from this battle. The Confederate Memorial Cemetery there contains the remains of 3000 Confederate War dead. The responce to Madelyn Stark's inquiry was, no record of an Emanuel or Manuel Riley buried there, however many names of the dead buried there are unknown.

Although Emanuel does not appear on the Muster Rolls of the 57th Alabama Infantry Regiment, it is logical that he entered service with the 57th when it was formed in March 1863. Being stationed relatively close to home, till January 1864, would account for his children born in 1863 and 1864. Compiled by Jim Riley, ggson of Emanuel, in conjunction with Madelyn Stark.


Burial: Probably, Confederate Memorial  Cemetery, Mariette Georgia

Census: 1830, Darlington District South Carolina, dwelling 246


From Descendants of Edward R. Riley, Sr (James H. Riley)