This regiment enlisted for three years at Auburn, May 22, 1862, with 1097 men. A few weeks later it reached Virginia, and was attached to Gen. Taliaferro's brigade, of Jackson's division, with the Forty-seventh Alabama, and three Virginia regiments. The Forty-eighth was first engaged in the battle at Cedar Run, with severe loss; and at the second Manassas was again a sufferer. It was part of the investing force at Harper's Ferry, and was badly mutilated at Sharpsburg. During the winter the Forty-eighth was placed in the brigade of Gen. Law of Macon (with the Fourth, Fifteenth, Forty-fourth, and Forty-seventh Alabama regiments), Hood's division, Longstreet's corps. The regiment was under fire at Fredericksburg, and fought with light loss at Suffolk. It moved into Pennsylvania, and its colors floated highest up on the rocky heights of Gettysburg, where it was fearfully punished. Ten weeks later, as part of Longstreet's corps, the regiment was where the lightning of battle flashed brightest, and its thunder pealed loudest at Chicamauga. It was hotly engaged at Lookout Valley, and at Knoxville; and passed the winter in east Tennessee. Rejoining the army of Northern Virginia, the Forty-eighth fought at the Wilderness and Spottsylvania, and its long list of casualties bore testimony to its conduct. From that time to the end, at Hanover Junction, the second Cold Harbor, Bermuda Hundreds, Petersburg, Fussell's Mill, Fort Harrison, Darbytown Road, Williamsburg Road, and Farmville, the regiment was almost constantly on active and perilous duty. Its colors were furled at Appomattox. Over 150 of its men had fallen in battle, 165 died in the service, and 125 had been discharged or transferred.
Colonels -- James L. Sheffield of Marshall; wounded at Cedar Run; resigned. Wm. A. Oates of Henry; wounded at Fussell's Mill.
Lieut. Colonels -- A. Hughes of Cherokee; resigned. Jesse J. Aldridge of Blount; resigned. W. M. Hardwick of Cherokee; captured on furlough.
Majors -- Enoch Aldridge of Blount; wounded at Cedar Run; resigned. Wm. M. Hardwick; promoted. J. W. Wigginton of Calhoun.
Adjutants -- Thomas B. Harris of Marshall; wounded at Cedar Run; resigned. T. J. Eubanks of Marshall; transferred to line. H. S. Figures of Madison; killed at the Wilderness. F. M. Kitchell.
Blount -- Andrew J. Aldridge; resigned. Jesse J. Aldridge; promoted. R. Graves.
Dekalb -- T. J. Burgess; resigned. D. R. King; mortally wounded at Cedar Run; J. N. DeArman; killed at Petersburg.
Marshall -- W. S. Walker; resigned. J. M. Bedford; resigned. H. C. Kimbrough.
Marshall -- Samuel A. Cox; died in the service. T. J. Eubanks; killed at Lookout Valley. R. T. Ewing.
Marshall -- S. K. Rayburn; resigned. F. M. Ross; resigned. Isham B. Small; killed at White Plains.
Blount -- Reuben Ellis; wounded at Cedar Run; resigned. J. Edwards.
Cherokee -- J. S. Moragne; resigned. A . L. Woodliff ; resigned. N. H. McDuffie.
Cherokee -- R. C. Golightly; killed at Sharpsburg. Wm. M. Hardwick; promoted. T. J. Lumpkin.
Calhoun -- J. W. Wigginton; promoted.
Calhoun -- Moses Lee; killed at the second Manassas. J. B. Hubbard; captured at Fussell's Mill; H. L. Petit.