Enlisted as a 1st Sergeant
"H" Co. AL 37th Infantry
Also in Company H, were:
Privates: Benjamin A. Wright, E Wright, G W. Wright, and John N. Wright
Sergeant Levin G. Wright
Corporal Solomon Wright
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records
Spencer Wright, 1st/Orderly Sergeant, Capt. Searcy's Company, Alabama Volunteers,* enlisted March 18, 1862 at Lawrencville by M. C. Searcy for 3 years or the war, captured at Vicksburg, Miss. July 4, 1863, paroled July 10, paid December 15, 1863 for the period May 1 through October 31, 1863, $120, receipted for an issue of clothing April 14, 1864, no further records
Note: There are no Company H post Vicksburg muster rolls on record which precludes knowledge of his last years service after receipting for a clothing allowance April, 1864.
* This company subsequently became Company H, 37th Regiment Alabama Infantry
M311: Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama
THE THIRTY-SEVENTH ALABAMA INFANTRY.
The Thirty-seventh was organized at Auburn in the spring of 1862;
sent to Columbus, Miss., from there to Tupelo.
With Price at Iuka, September 19-20, 1862, it began its long roll
of battles, and was highly commended by Brigadier-General Martin
and by General Price. Both its colonel, J. F. Dowdell, and its
lieutenant-colonel, A. A. Greene, were wounded in this fight,
besides forty-three of the men. The regiment went into battle
with 304 men, so that its loss was heavy.
General Little, in whose division it was, was killed at Iuka. In
the battle of Corinth, October 3-5, 1862, it lost heavily and its
brigade commander, General Martin, was killed. Brigaded under
General Moore, the winter of 1862-63 was spent in Mississippi.
It took part at Chickasaw Bayou, was sent to Sunflower river, but
returned before the close of the spring; was in the battles of
Port Gibson, May 1, 1863, and Baker's Creek, May 16th, where it
From that time till July 4th it formed part of the garrison at
Vicksburg, and was captured with that place, where it had
suffered greatly from losses and privations. For awhile, after
being exchanged, the regiment was in parole camp at Demopolis.
Later it was transferred to the army of Tennessee, and took part
in the battles of Lookout Mountain, November 24th; Missionary
Ridge, November 25th. After wintering at Dalton, brigaded under
Gen. Alpheus Baker, the regiment was ever in the van of the army
in the battles of the Georgia campaign, at Rocky Face mountain,
May 9th and 10th; Resaca, May 14th and 15th; and New Hope church,
May 25th, where it lost heavily, officers and men.
In the battles around Atlanta its casualties were great. The
regiment was sent for in the winter to do garrison duty at
Spanish Fort, but early in the spring it was returned to the army
of Tennessee, and again was in battle at Bentonville.
Consolidated with the Forty-second and Fifty-fourth Alabama,
commanded by Col. John A. Winter, it surrendered in North
Carolina. This regiment was remarkable for the large number of
its officers killed and wounded.
Capt. Marion C. J. Searcy was wounded at Corinth and killed at
Missionary Ridge. Capt. W. W. Meadows was killed, and Capts.
Moses B. Greene, John 0. Davis and S. M. Robertson were wounded,
at Corinth; Capt. J. C. Kendrick was wounded at Corinth and at
Atlanta; Capt. J. J. Padgett was wounded; Capt. Joel G. Greene,
at Atlanta; Capt. C. Pennington, at Resaca; Capt. J. M. Leach was
killed at New Hope: Capt. C. E. Evans was wounded at Resaca and
Atlanta; Capt. James H. Johnson wounded at Atlanta.
Its field officers were Col. James F. Dowdell, captured at
Vicksburg; Lieut.-Col. A. A. Greene, wounded at Iuka and at
Missionary Ridge, and killed at Atlanta; Lieut.Col. W. F. Slaton,
wounded at Corinth and captured at Lookout Mountain; and Majs.
John P. W. Amorine and Joel C. Kendrick.
Source: Confederate Military History, vol. VIII, p. 172