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His records, 8 cards, may be procured through the service noted in the Red enclosed box above. The card
of most value being the War Department correspondence.

His records contain correspondence between the Adjutant General, War Department, of March 17, 1938 to Mrs. F. Roy Dunsaa[ sp?], 3111 Hamilton Road,
Columbus,Georgia which states:

"The records show that Thomas L. Dunaway, not found as Thomas Lee Dunaway, a private of Company F, 39th Alabama Infantry, Confederate States Army, enlisted May 5, 1862, in Stewart County, Georgia, age 33 years.

He was wounded in operations before Murfeesboro, Tennessee December 31 1862, and is shown to have died at that place January 9, 1863."

He was severely wounded early on December 31, 1862 with the left wing of Dea's Brigade.

M311: Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama



The Thirty-ninth Alabama was organized in May, 1862, and went
immediately to Mississippi, where it was brigaded under Gen.
Frank Gardner with the Nineteenth, Twenty-second, Twenty-fifth
and Twenty-sixth (Fiftieth) regiments.

It went into Kentucky, but being generally in the reserve, its
first battle of consequence was after its return, at
Murfreesboro, December 31st, where it made a fine record. The
regiment behaved gallantly at Chickamauga, September 19 and 20,
1863, losing nearly 27 per cent of its force.

At Missionary Ridge, November 25th, it fought again with less
loss. The regiment wintered at Dalton, and fought under Hood
through the Dalton-Atlanta campaign. At Atlanta, July 20th to
22nd, it suffered great loss, and Colonel Clifton was severely

At Jonesboro, August 31st and September 1st, it was again in the
sharpest of the fighting. At Nashville, December 15th and 16th,
a large number were captured. The regiment went with Johnston
into the Carolinas, fought its last fight at Bentonville, and
was surrendered at Yadkin river bridge.

Maj. J. D. Smith was killed at Jonesboro, Captain Roberts in
North Carolina, Capt. Willis Banks near Atlanta, Capts. T. Q.
Stanford and Joseph C. Clayton at Murfreesboro, and Capt. C. H.
Matthews at Peachtree Creek.

The field officers were Henry D. Clayton, who was severely
wounded at Murfreesboro and at Atlanta, promoted to brigadier,
and afterward major-general, and displayed great skill and
heroism to the end; Col. Whitfield Clark, Lieut.-Cols. James
Flewellen, Lemuel Hargroves and W. C. Clifton.

Source: Confederate Military History, vol. VIII, p. 178

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