The Fifty-sixth was made up of two battalions, commanded by Majors Boyles and Hewlett, and which had been in the service several months. Thus organized in the summer of 1863, the Fifty-sixth operated in north Mississippi for some time under Gen. Ruggles. It was there brigaded under Gen. Ferguson, and sent to north Georgia. It served on the flank of the army during the Dalton-Atlanta campaign, and saw arduous duty. The regiment moved with Gen. Hood to the Tennessee, then turned and harassed Sherman. It was in the trenches of Savannah, and operated near Augusta. It moved into the Carolinas, and was surrendered at Greensboro, about 200 strong.
Colonels -- William Boyles of Mobile.
Lieut. Colonels -- Wm. A. Hewlett of Walker; transferred. P. H. Debardelaben of Autauga; transferred. Wm. F. Martin of Mobile.
Majors -- P. H. Debardelaben; promoted. Wm. F. Martin, promoted. Thomas D. Hall of Autagua.
Autauga and Montgomery -- Thomas D. Hall; wounded near Kingston, Ga; promoted. George Rives.
Mobile -- W. F. Martin; promoted; James W. Bryant.
Butler -- F. D. N. Riley.
Mobile -- William McGill; killed near Decatur, in Morgan. H. O. Eaton.
State of Mississippi -- Geo. F. Peake, (company detached.).
Walker --..... Johnson; killed accidentally. ... Broach.