The choice appeared to boil down to: Captain Edward Ready of Wetumpka, (Co I) or the erratic Winston Hunter, captain of the Metropolitan Guards (F)–the other Montgomery militia.
In the first evening’s balloting, Hunter got the most votes but not a majority.
But their muskets and accoutrements were in good shape, their officers were uniformed, and when they heard the bell from the steamer “Le Grande,” they knew the time had come to part ways. Before the war, Ellison (then 19) was earning a living as a bricklayer.
The ranks were formed into column of fours, and (crossing the bridge in route step), they descended Main Street to Crommelin’s landing, for the short journey downriver to Montgomery. Stoker, probably “missed the boat,” but soon joined the Guards in Norfolk. In April 1861 he volunteered with the Washington Light Guards (Captain Arch Gracie), which, a shortly after became Co E, of the 3d Alabama.
A few of the men may have been feeling the effects of the night before. Just twenty-two, Henry was a graduate of the University of Virginia, and had just returned home from Cambridge, attaining a law degree from Harvard.Their first battle was three weeks later at Seven Pines.The Third sustained 200 casualties (about 33%) on the morning of June 1, 1862. In that action Rodes’ Brigade (of which 3rd Alabama was a part) had to buy time for Lee’s army to coalesce at Sharpsburg.The one hundred twelve volunteers had been treated to a feast at Hagerty Hall, courtesy of Mr. The Guards had already been deployed once, with Colonel Lomax’ Second Regiment at Pensacola, investing Fort Pickens.Mc Kinney Thomas, who provided “meats and cake enough . They had come home at the end of February well-drilled, disciplined and fit.