B. F. Owens, Private, Company I, 48th Regiment Alabama Infantry, enlisted February 21, 1863 at Abernathy, Calhoun County, Alabama by Capt. Wigginton for 3 years or during the war, wounded at Gettysburg July 2, 1863, among the sick and wounded received at DeCamp General Hospital, Davids Island, New York Harbor, July 17-24, paroled August 24, 1863, paid and furlough approved August 31, absent without leave March 1, 1864 remaining so through October*, paroled at Talladega, Ala. May 29, 1865
* There are no subsequent muster rolls which preclude knowledge of his later service
M311: Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama
It appears he absented himself from the regiment and never returned. The regiment was surrendered with Lee at Appomattox while he was paroled at Talladega a month later.
As muster rolls for the last six months of the war, we have no way of knowing his activities for the last year of the war.
There seem to be many desertions at the same time.
The Forty-eighth Alabama was organized in May, 1862, at Auburn,
and went into the war with overflowing ranks.
Sent to Virginia, it was first brigaded under General
Taliaferro, in Stonewall Jackson's division, with the Forty-
seventh, from which it was never separated. The three Virginia
regiments which were in the brigade were afterward exchanged
for the Fourth, Fifteenth and Forty-fourth Alabama, in January,
1863--the brigade commanded by General Law--and the
organization remained intact until the closing scene.
The first battle of the regiment was at Cedar Run, August 9,
1862, where it lost heavily. The story of the Forty-eighth is
that of the Forty-seventh.
Scarcely had the din of the fearful fight at Gettysburg passed
away, when it was sent with Longstreet's corps to General
Bragg, to take part in the terrible conflict at Chickamauga,
September 20th; was at Lookout Valley and Knoxville, wintering
in Tennessee. Still with Longstreet, the regiment returned to
the scene of its earliest encounters and fought unremittingly
at the Wilderness, May 5 and 6, 1864; Spottsylvania, May 7th to
It fought at Hanover Junction, Second Cold Harbor, Bermuda
Hundred, Petersburg, Fussell's Mill, Fort Harrison, Darbytown
road, Williamsburg road, and Farmville, and surrendered at
Appomattox, in Perry's brigade, with the other Alabama
regiments with whom it had served so long.
Adjt. H. S. Figures was killed at the Wilderness; Capt. Reuben
Ellis was wounded, and Capt. D. R. King killed, at Cedar Run;
Capts. J. N. DeArman, killed at Petersburg, T. J. Eubanks at
Lookout Valley, Isham B. Small at White Plains, R. C. Golightly
at Sharpsburg, and Moses Lee at Second Bull Run. Capt. Samuel
A. Cox died in the service.
Field officers: Cols. James L. Sheffield, wounded at Cedar Run,
and William C. Oates, severely wounded at Fussell's Mill, who
became distinguished as a statesman in the United States
Congress after the war, and was later governor of Alabama;
Lieut.-Cols. A. A. Hughes, Jesse G. Aldridge and William M.
Hardwick; and Majs. Enoch Aldridge, wounded at Cedar Run, and
J. W. Wigginton.
Source: Confederate Military History, vol. VIII, p. 204