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Col. O. M. Roberts, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 12.1, Alabama (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 41 5 Browse Search
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5. He was succeeded in the command by Col. William W. Allen, who was in turn promoted to the commaThird Alabama cavalry, with, the gallant Cols. W. W. Allen and James Hagan, being in advance, throwalry, and was brigaded under Morgan, Hagan and Allen. It took part in the Sequatchie raid, and wasAugust. No. 78—(856) September 20, 1864, in Allen's brigade, Wheeler's corps. No. 99—(352) Me99—(1071) Col. P. H. Rice, Anderson's brigade, Allen's division, Wheeler's cavalry corps, Hardee's 864. No. 59—(871) Lieut.-Col. John S. Prather, Allen's brigade, Kelly's division, April 30th. No's division. No. 59—(871) Capt. T. G. Holt, Allen's brigade, Kelly's division, April 30, 1864. 1, 1864. No. 74—(642-644) Capt. T. G. Holt, Allen's brigade, Kelly's division, Wheeler's cavalry—(1071) Capt. W. J. Vason, Anderson's brigade, Allen's division, Wheeler's corps, Hardee's army, Jay 31, 1865. (1096) Mentioned in report of General Allen, February 4th. (1301) Mentioned in letter<
Biographical. Major-General William Wirt Allen was born in Montgomery, Ala, in 1835. His father, Wade Allen, went from South Carolina to Alabama in 1818 and became a planter near Montgomery. His mother was a Miss Sayre, sister of Daniel Sayre, a prominent citizen of Montgomery county. With a preparatory education in the schools of his own city, young Allen entered Princeton college, New Jersey. After graduation he studied law, but with no view of practicing. He preferred the life of aa half years, he was made a brigadier-general, and was very soon assigned to the duties of a major-general. At the beginning of the Georgia campaign of 1864 he was put in charge of a cavalry division of Wheeler's corps, embracing the brigades of Allen and Dibrell, to which Hannon's brigade was added. His career was now signalized by a series of brilliant exploits. He acted a very prominent part in Cleburne's brilliant success at Pickett's mill, May 27, 1864, and in all the movements of the A