19th Ala Regiment Field and Staff

[Fighting Joe]

COL. (Later Lt. General) Joseph "Fighting Joe" Wheeler
First Colonel of the 19th Ala Inf Regt and led the regiment in its first trial by fire at the Battle of Shiloh, April, 1862.


COLONEL SAMUEL KING McSPADDEN (1823-1896) Samuel King McSpadden was born near McMinnsville, Warren County, Tennessee in 1823. He was one of nine children of the Rev. Samuel McSpadden, an early organizer and leader of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and of Rebecca Donaldson. He attended local schools, became an apprentice saddler in Winchester, Tennessee, and moved to Talladega, Alabama in 1842. He studied law at Talladega and later in Cherokee County, and was admitted to the Bar in 1850. He served in the Alabama Senate during the 1850's and was in the legislature when war came. He enlisted as a Private, Co. H, 19th Alabama Infantry Regiment, at Huntsville, Ala, 17 Aug 1861; elected Major on 4 Sep 1861, Lt. Colonel on 17 Sep 1861, and Colonel on 30 Oct 1862. Colonel McSpadden fought at the Battles of Shiloh, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Dalton, and Resaca. He was captured at the Battle of Resaca, GA, 14 May 1864, and imprisoned at Johnson's Island Military Prison on Lake Erie until the end of the war. After the war, he returned to Centre, Ala and the practice of law, served in the state Senate again, and became Chancellor of Northern Alabama. Colonel McSpadden died in 1896 and is buried in Garrett-Cardon Cemetery in Centre, Ala. Robert James Moon, Great-Great-Grandson


Return to 19th Ala Pictures Page

Return to 19th Ala Home Page