E. A. Carter, enlisted as a Private in Company E, 1st Alabama Cavalry on January 1, 186_ at Montgomery, Alabama, captured at Rome, Georgia October 17, 1864, discharged to Camp Douglas, Ill August 24, discharged June 17,1865, some cards list his full name, Ellis A. Carter
Note - One POW card records his name as Allis A. Carter, under remarks is the notation Montgomery, apparently his residence
Another Index card has his name Ellas A. Carter noting that his cards are filed with E. A. Carter
The 1st Alabama Cavalry Regiment was organized at Montgomery on 12 November, 1861, with companies recruited from Autauga, Butler, Calhoun, Dale, Mobile, Montgomery, Monroe, Morgan, Pike, and Tallapoosa counties. http://history-sites.com/%7Ekjones/morgan.html#1st-Cav
THE First Alabama cavalry was organized at Montgomery,
November, 1861, under Col. J. H. Clanton.
It was ordered to Tennessee, and was at Jackson, Tenn., March
6, 1862; ordered to Monterey March 31st, and opened the battle
of Shiloh. Was with Generals Walker, Beall, Chalmers and
Wheeler in the summer and fall of 1862; afterward served,
successively, in the brigades of Generals Hagan, Russell, Morgan and
Allen, of Wheeler's corps.
It moved into Kentucky and was distinguished at Munfordville,
Perryville, and the many cavalry battles fought by Wheeler in
the Kentucky campaign. It also fought with him at Nashville,
Stewart's Creek bridge, and various skirmishes preceding and
incident to the battle of Murfreesboro. It was especially
thanked by General Bragg for gallant conduct in that great
It was also part of the rear guard which protected the retreat
from Tullahoma and Chattanooga, losing severely at Duck river;
fought at Chickamauga, Clinton and Knoxville, and took a
brilliant part in the Sequatchee raid, in which nearly 2,000
prisoners and a train of 1,000 provision wagons were captured.
The First Alabama cavalry took a very conspicuous part in the
rout of Generals Stoneman, Garrard and McCook; and was also
daily engaged in retarding Sherman's advance, and harassing the
enemy's front and flank in the Dalton-Atlanta campaign. It was
in fights at or near Middleton, Fosterville, Lafayette,
Marietta, Noonday Creek and Big Shanty.
Its colonel, James H. Clanton, was in the spring of 1863
commissioned a brigadier general, and rendered very efficient
service throughout the war until captured at Bluff Spring,
Fla., in March, 1865.
He was succeeded in the command by Col. William W. Allen, who
was in turn promoted to the command of a brigade and afterward
to a division, being commissioned major-general in March, 1865;
he was wounded at Stewart's Creek, December, 1863.
Lieutenant Ledyard, wounded at Murfreesboro, was promoted.
Capt. David T. Blakey was wounded at Dandridge, and he became
colonel on the promotion of Colonel Allen, and led the regiment
in many brilliant actions. Lieut.-Col. Thomas Brown was killed
at Woodsonville, Ky.; Adjt. Wesley Tones at Fiddler's Pond,
Capt. George Speed at Noonday Creek, and Capt. Sydney E. Allen
This regiment was asked for by General Lee in the summer of
Source: Confederate Military History, vol. VIII, p. 249