Confederate Veterans with a Plane and a Machine Gun Photograph
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Two great photographs of Green B. Sorrell, 47th Alabama Infantry. †The first photograph has a group of Confederate veterans standing in front of a Bi-plane with some wicked looking machine guns. †The machine guns look quite different from the muskets stacked in front of the plane. †One old vet is even holding his Civil War pistol! †This photograph was taken at the 1932 Montgomery, Alabama United Confederate Veterans National reunion. †The plane was at the local U.S. Army base. †Green B. Sorrell is third from the right and he is wearing a UCV staff badge. †On the back of the photograph is "Photo by 4th Photo Section - Air Corps - Maxwell Field - Montgomery, Ala. - Title _________".

The second photograph is a photo of Sorrells wearing his Southern Cross. † Written on the back of the photograph in pencil is "Great Grandfather Sorrell - Green B. Sorrell - G.B. Sorrell, Co. H, 47th Ala. Inf.".

The first photograph is approximately 7 1/2 inches by 9 3/8 inches. †The second photograph measures approximately 5 inches by 6 3/4 inches.

47th Alabama Infantry Regiment

1862

May 22

Organized at Loachapoka, Alabama, under Colonel James McCarthy Oliver and Lieutenant Colonel James W. Jackson

June

Sent to Virginia, where it was attached to Taliaferro's Brigade of Jackson's Division.

August 9

Battle of Cedar Run

Suffered 12 killed and 76 wounded, including Captains Michael Jefferson Bulger, wounded, and Albert C. Menefee, killed

August

Lt. Colonel Jackson promoted to colonel

August 30

Second Battle of Manasses

The regiment suffered 7 killed and 25 wounded, including Adjutant Henry A. Garrett, wounded, and Lieutenant William Grimmett, killed

September 1

Battle of Chantilly

September 12 - 15

Siege of Harpers Ferry

September 17

Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)

The regiment was commanded by Colonel James W. Jackson, who took command of the brigade at the begnning of the battle. Captain James M. Campbell commanded the regiment.

lost 98 of the115 men engaged, including Colonel James W. Jackson, wounded, Captain Henry C. Lindsey, wounded, and Lieutenant George W. Gammell, killed. Seventeen men under a sergeant were all that could muster on the 18th

December 13

Battle of Fredericksburg

Captain Capt. James M. Campbell commanded the regiment.

1863

January 19

Transferred to Law's Alabama Brigade in Hood's Division of Longstreet's Corps per Lee's Special Orders No. 19

Aptil 27

Captain Samuel A. Cox died in service

April 11 - May 6

Suffolk Campaign

June 11

Captain John N. McKee died in service

July 1 - 3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Lt. Colonel Michael Jefferson Bulger, who was shot through the lung, left behind presumably dying when the regiment fell back, and captured. Major J. M. Campbell took over the regiment. It lost 40 casualties, including Captain Joseph Johnston, Jr., who was killed.

From the report of Maj. Campbell: "Lieut.-Col. M. J. Bulger fought most nobly. Out of 21 officers, 4 were killed; all the 21 acted well. About one-third of the whole number were killed and wounded." Footnote: "Lieutenant-Colonel Bulger was not killed. On July 16, 1863, he became colonel, vice James W. Jackson, resigned."

July 10

Colonel James W. Jackson resigned due to ill health

July 16

Lt. Colonel Bulger was promoted to to colonel while still in a Federal hospital. He would be exchanged in several months but would never return to the field. Bulger acknowledged that "the compassion shown by (Union Colonel James C.) Rice saved his life." Rice, whose 44th New York had been defending Little Round Top against Bulger's men, had accepted his surrender and made sure Bulger was taken care of by a Union surgeon.

September 20

Battle of Chickamauga

October 28

Lookout Valley

Commended in report on engagement; suffered no casualties.

September

The regiment was transferred to the west with Longstreet and two divisions.

November

Siege of Knoxville

Colonel Bulger commanded the regiment.

1864

April

The regiment returned to the Eastern Theater with Longstreet's two divisions.

May 5 - 6

Battle of the Wilderness

The regiment lost 111 casualties, including Captains William Ballard, wounded and captured, and James A. Sanford, killed

May 7 - 12

Battle of Spottsylvania
Lt. Colonel Michael Bulger and Major James McDonald Campbell were killed.

June 13 - July 31

The regiment suffered 6 killed and 9 wounded

August 1 - December 31

The regiment lost 7 killed and 27 wounded, including Lt. Colonel Leigh Richmond Terrell, killed Oct. 13; and and Captain J. A. Gaskin, also killed

November

On north side of James River in Law's (then Perry's) Brigade

1865

April 9

Surrendered at Appomattox about 90 men under Captain Eli Daniel Clower







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