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5th Alabama Infantry Battalion (CSA)
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Name: Augustus Washington BryantRank: Sergeant Company: B

Augustus W. Bryant enlisted in the 5th Alabama Infantry Battalion, Company B (Calhoun Sharpshooters) on August 19, 1861. He was 19 years old when he joined and served in Virginia from 1861-1865. A.W. Bryant participated in the following engagements: the Seven Days Battles, Snicker's Gap, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Wilderness. The only battles of his unit that he missed were Second Manassas and Harper's Ferry. He was then sick with a fever in Chimborazo Hospital Number 5 in Richmond. Private Bryant was shot in the foot at Chancellorsville and received a severe gunshot wound in the left shoulder (his collar bone was broken) during the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble charge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. The 5th Ala. Battalion lost almost half of the 200 troops engaged at Gettysburg and for the rest of the war the unit served as Genenarl A.P. Hill's Provost Guard. Private Bryant was promoted to Corporal on September 1, 1863 and to Sergeant on January 1, 1864. He surrendered with the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Couthouse, Virginia on April 9, 1865 where 125 soldiers of the 5th Ala. Battalion were present. He then walked to Spartanburg, South, Carolina to visit family and the place of his birth and from there was able to take a train to Atlanta. He then walked home to Alexandria, Alabama in Calhoun County. Augustus W. Bryant married Sarah Jane Hardwick in 1866, later moved to Southside, Alabama (known by its Creek Indian name Smokeneck in the 19th century), and had a long career as a farmer. In his later years, he retired from farming and moved to Gadsden, Alabama. He is remembered in the family as being a quiet, humble, and religious man, and well respected in his community. A tie to the 21st century is that my grandmother used to take my uncle to visit him when he was a baby. Augustus Bryant died in Gadsden on December 2, 1922 and was buried at Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery in Southside. He was my great great grandfather.

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