Members of Capt. Crump's company enlisted Dec. 21, 1861, at the “lower crossroads” in Blount County, Ala. Arriving in camp at Nashville, Crump received five Sibley tents, three wall tents, twenty-five mess pans and ten iron pots for his company on Jan. 22nd. Col. Hale’s Regiment organized at Camp Johnston near Nashville on Jan. 30, 1862.
During the battle of Shiloh, (April 6-7, 1862), this regiment belonged to Col. R. P. Trabue’s Brigade of John C. Breckinridge’s Corps. It probably carried the distinctive battleflag issued to other regiments of this predominantly Kentucky command. Known as the 31st Alabama Regiment through 1862, it was afterwards called the 49th Alabama.
$44 represent exactly four months pay for a Confederate private.
After being surrendered at Port Hudson, La., July 9, 1863, enlisted men were paroled, but officers were placed on aboard a steamer and sent to prison. Survivors formed Companies “D”, “E” and “F” of the Exchanged Battalion, serving as provost guard at Cahaba, Ala., until May 1864. J. S. Morton appears present on roll with this temporary command through Apr. 30, 1864. The regiment was consolidated with the 27th and the 35th Alabama Regiments on June 20, 1864. Morton probably died as a member of Brig. Gen. Thomas M. Scott's Brigade during the Atlanta Campaign.
Here's a post about the assigment of Scott's men to the AoT in May 1864 by Hugh Simmons, an expert on this brigade,
I believe the 49th Alabama joined a short time later, late May or probably early June 1864.