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15th MS SS Battn - An Alabama Unit

Some enlisted men came from Mississippi regiments of Brig Gen S A M Wood's Brigade. However, all ten company officers who served with both companies were Alabamians. Seven of ten either came from General Wood's hometown of Florence or had served under his command in the 7th Alabama Regiment.

Lt B F Little, a merchant from Florence, had served with the "Lauderdale Volunteers", Co H, 4th Alabama Regiment, while Lts P Bell Andrews and Andrew Brown had been members of Wood's original company, the "Florence Guards." Officers and men formed Co K, 7th Alabama Regiment. The Coleman brothers of Limestone County -- Daniel, John H and Richard V -- had served under Wood as members of Co D, 7th Alabama Regiment. Capt A. T. Hawkins, a carriage maker from Huntsville AL, also served in the same company.

Hawkins died of wounds and was buried in the Confederate cemetery at Newnan GA --

Capt Thomas M Steger, a young student just before the war, has recomendations in his Misc Records file for appointment as a Confederate cadet. The 1860 census lists him with his family near Maysville in Madison County AL. Personal letters dated 1861 were written from Nashville, where he may have been studying. Henry Bethea of Montgomery AL, was appointed from Semple's Alabama Battery. Lt Harry Vasser, later killed at Jonesboro GA as a member of the 16th Alabama Regt, has a cemetery marker in Athens AL.

More from Andrew Brown, a resident of Lauderdale County AL in 1907 --

Dr Henry Bethea was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery AL --

Andrew Brown was buried in FLorence City Cemetery --

Capt Daniel Coleman, who later served with Roddey's Cavalry, was buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville AL --

Harry Vasser and Capt John Hartwell Coleman share a stone in the Athens City Cemetery --