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    3rd Alabama Infantry Company A "Mobile Cadets"

    3rd Alabama Infantry Company A "Mobile Cadets"




    Prewar uniform of the Mobile Cadets. Two members posing with target from a shooting competition.



    A member of Company A, Mobile Cadets, ca. 1862. This was the early war state issue uniform of the 3rd Alabama Infantry. Notice the brass letters MC on the cap.


    From Seven Pines to Sharpsburg and Chancellorsville to Spotsylvania, the Third Alabama Regiment played a key role in the Civil War. One of the first infantry units from the Deep South to make the journey to Virginia in 1861, the Third Alabama was the first to cross the Potomac into Maryland and to enter the streets of Gettysburg in 1863.


    "For the young men of the Mobile Cadets, the heady excitement of the first months of 1861 must then have seemed like a dream come true. Here at last was the opportunity to make the fantasies of military glory a reality. The company had been formed in 1845, and then as now contained some of the finest youth from the wealthiest families of Mobile. Alabama. Since the early days, the cadets, while excelling at military drill and target practice, had been little more than a social club. Now, with the Federal evacuation of Fort Sumter, the possibility of war seemed very real. So real, in fact, that the captain of the cadets was waiting in the telegraph office following the news of the evacuation when the call for volunteers was received. A return message was immediately sent to the Alabama governor offering the services of the Mobile Cadets to the Confederacy. Within days, the cadets moved to Montgomery, where they were designated Company A, 3rd Regiment Alabama Infantry. The 3rd was the first Alabama command to leave the state for Virginia, where on May 4, 1861, at Lynchburg, they were mustered into Confederate service.

    "The early uniform of the Mobile Cadets had been patterned after the undress uniform of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. Between the time the company was mustered into actual service and its movement to the seat of war, it had received more suitable attire consisting of cadet gray jackets with matching trousers and forage caps all trimmed in black. Probably while at Lynchburg, the cadets received M1841 Mississippi rifles with saber bayonets, which were shipped to that point from Alabama's Mount Vernon Arsenal. From Lynchburg. the 3rd Alabama was ordered to Norfolk, Virginia, where it remained until the city was evacuated on May 5. 1862. The Mobile Cadets found the action they had looked for in the Seven Days' battles before Richmond. At Sewn Pines and Malvern Hill, the 3rd Alabama lost a total of 367 men killed and wounded. At Malvern Hill, the dead of the 3rd Alabama included two Mobile Cadets, both killed bearing the regimental colors."

    In the Antietam Campaign:
    In his report of the battles of Boonsboro and Sharpsburg, General Rodes wrote: "The men and officers behaved well, but Colonel Gordon's Sixth Alabama, Major Hobson's Fifth Alabama, and Colonel Battle's Third Alabama deserve special mention for admirable conduct during the whole fight.'' The Regiment was among those few defending Turner's Gap on South Mountain on September 14th, and in the fierce fighting in the Sunken Road during the midday of the 17th.





    - South Mountain at Turner's Gap
    - Sunken Road at Antietam/Sharpsburg

    - Chancellorsville, in Jackson's attack on Hooker's flank on May 2 and in the capture of Fairview Heights on May 3 (with a loss of 24 killed and 125 wounded).

    - Gettysburg, in the fighting at Oak Ridge on July 1 and at Culps Hill on July 3 (with a loss of 17 killed and 74 wounded out of 27 officers and 323 men).

    - Bristoe Campaign
    - Mine Run
    - the Wilderness
    - Spotsylvania, including the fight for the Mule Shoe salient on May 12.
    - North Anna
    - Bethesda Church
    - Cold Harbor
    - Early's raid on Washington and 1864 Valley Campaign, including Fort Stevens, Cool Spring, Third Winchester, Fisher's Hill, and Cedar Creek.
    - Siege of Petersburg, including the attack on Fort Stedman and battle for Fort Mahone.
    - Sailor's Creek
    - Surrender at Appomattox Court House with only 9 officers and 93 men.


    Company Roster:


    Commanding Officer: Carter
    1st Lt. Adjutant: von Moltke
    1st Sgt.:

    Flag bearer:


    1st Platoon
    2nd Lieutenant:
    Sgt.:

    1st Section
    Cpl. Lebailec
    Private Moon
    Private Eazyred
    Recruit J. Hardy
    Recruit 金帐大汗拔都(Hui)
    Recruit NOD
    Private Moreland (scout)
    Recruit Trakko
    Recruit Damian
    Recruit Giuseppe


    2nd Section
    Cpl.
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private

    2nd Platoon
    2nd Lieutenant: TBA
    Sgt.

    1st Section
    Cpl.
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private

    2nd Section
    Cpl.
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private
    Private


    Last edited by brentcarter; Yesterday at 07:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revan View Post
    Greetings! Best of luck to y'all!
    Thank you
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    “both sides were well whipped.”
    A survivor of the 3rd Alabama describes the action in the Sunken Road

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    Interesting unit, I enjoyed reading about them and it's nice to see a lesser known unit. I like the uniform, reminds me of the early war North Carolina uniform. Might have to try and put this kit together someday for reenacting you know, because I can't just have one... When you have good information about the uniform and weapons issued, that's something to appreciate, especially with Confederate units.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duffy View Post
    Interesting unit, I enjoyed reading about them and it's nice to see a lesser known unit. I like the uniform, reminds me of the early war North Carolina uniform. Might have to try and put this kit together someday for reenacting you know, because I can't just have one... When you have good information about the uniform and weapons issued, that's something to appreciate, especially with Confederate units.
    Thank you for your reply.
    It is an amazing Company and has indeed a very nice neat uniform hoping to wear this uniform in this amazing game.
    If you are interested in special uniforms might be worth to check out the 5th Georgia Company A(Not part of the Maryland Campaign) has a very nice green uniform other uniforms that are very interesting are from the 15th Alabama Company G(Sadly no photo but a description) and posted on the forum the 4th Georgia Infantry Company K with their dark blue uniform. And who knows how many other special uniforms that we will find reading all these history pieces and people making these companies.

    Sad indeed that a lot of history seems to be lost and a lot of regiments and companies got put into the "lesser known" category
    http://www.warofrightsforum.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=4420&dateline=1509875  086
    “both sides were well whipped.”
    A survivor of the 3rd Alabama describes the action in the Sunken Road

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    Let's go guys defend our rights! Defend our freedom join up with the 3rd Alabama Company A
    http://www.warofrightsforum.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=4420&dateline=1509875  086
    “both sides were well whipped.”
    A survivor of the 3rd Alabama describes the action in the Sunken Road

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