This regiment was organized at Montgomery, in November 1862. A few weeks later it proceeded to Mississippi. Moving from Columbus to Decatur, in Lawrence, a portion of the regiment was there equipped, and proceeded to join Gen. Van Dorn. This battalion was in the fight at Thompson's Station, and at Brentwood, suffering severely in the former. The regiment was engaged in the fight with Dodge at Town Creek, and in the pursuit of Streight. Soon after, the Fifty-third joined the main army at Dalton as part of Hannon's brigade, Kelly's division. It operated on the right of the army as it fell back towards Atlanta, and was engaged in constant and perilous duty. When Sherman reached Atlanta, the Fifty-third was the principal force engaged in the daring raid in his rear, whereby a valuable train was destroyed. It was then at the heels of Sherman as he devastated Georgia and the Carolinas, and took part in the last operations of the war in that quarter. The regiment laid down its arms at Columbia, South Carolina.
Colonels -- Moses W. Hannon of Montgomery; promoted.
Lieut. Colonels -- J. F. Gaines of Montgomery; wounded at Waynesboro.
Majors -- Thos. F. Jenkins of Wilcox; captured near Florence.
Adjutants -- R. B. Snodgrass of Montgomery; wounded thrice; transferred. John Tannehill of Montgomery.
Macon -- John H. Hannon.
Pike and Macon -- W. L. Hamner; resigned. I.A. Wilson.
Coosa and Tallapoosa -- J. C. Humphries.
Dale -- William T. McCall.
Dallas -- W. R. Davis; captured near Rome.
Monroe and Wilcox -- L. E. Locke; captured near Florence. (From the other Companies). -- P. B. Mastin.
Coffee and Dale -- J. E. P. Flournoy.
Lowndes -- E. L. Sanderson; resigned. D. C. Whitley; resigned. W. J. Moncrief.
Montgomery and Autauga -- Adam C. Felder.