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Guide to the Columbus L. Hadaway memoir W.0118

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

January 2014

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English

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Collection Title:

Columbus L. Hadaway memoir

Unit ID:

W.0118

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1913

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Typescript of Confederate soldier Columbus L. Hadaway's military memoir.

creator

Hadaway, Columbus L., 1844-1918

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Columbus L. Hadaway memoir, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

Access Restrictions:

None

Biographical/Historical note

Columbus L. Hadaway was born on November 7, 1844, in Marengo County, Alabama. In August 1861, Hadaway enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in the Fifty-fourth Alabama Infantry. In 1862, Hadaway was briefly transferred to the Twenty-second Alabama Infantry; while with this regiment, he fought in the Battle of Shiloh. Hadaway returned to the Fifty-fourth Alabama until the end of the war, when he was released from military service on April 26, 1865.

After the war, Hadaway married Telethia Miles; the couple had ten children. Hadaway and his family lived in Bessemer, Alabama, where Hadaway worked as a salesman. He died on June 23, 1918.

Scope and Contents note

Columbus L. Hadaway wrote this thirty-three page memoir in 1913. Hadaway's memoir describes his Civil War experiences beginning with his enlistment on August 10, 1861, and ending with the surrender of Confederate forces on April 26, 1861. At the age of sixteen, Hadaway enlisted as a private in Company C of the Fifty-fourth Alabama Infantry, a division popularly known as the Griffin Rifles. Hadaway was briefly transferred to the Twenty-second Alabama Infantry in 1862; in this division, he fought in the Battle of Shiloh and participated in the Kentucky campaign before returning to the Fifty-fourth Infantry. Hadaway's memoir describes these battles, as well as the Battle of Baker's Creek (also called the Battle of Champion Hill), the Battle of Resaca, and the Battle of Bentonville. In addition to descriptions of battle, Hadaway also discusses marching conditions and the army's lack of adequate supplies.

General note

Title on phase box spine: Experiences of C. L. Hadaway, 22nd and 54th Alabama regiments, C.S.A.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate (lcsh)

Typescript memoir Box W0118.01