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Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 11:01:49 -0000
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Michael J Gabbard
5TH EAST TENNESSEE CAVALRY REGIMENT, U.S.A.
Colonel-Jesse H. Strickland.
Lieutenant Colonel-Thomas I. Capps.
Majors- John M. Sawyers, Jeremiah Achey, Charles H. Bentley.
Francis M. McFall. Company organized at Indianapolis, Indiana, June 11, 1863. Mustered in at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, June 30, 1863. Became Co. "A", 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment.
Wiley Galyon. Mustered in at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, June 30, 1863. Became Co. "B", 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment.
Morgan Lane. Mustered in at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, June 30, 1863. Men from Greene, Hawkins, and Jefferson Counties. Became Co. "C", 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment.
George W. Kirk. Mustered in at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, June 30, 1863. Men from Greene, Washington, Carter and Hawkins Counties. Became part of Co. "E", 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment.
James C. Marrengille. Mustered in at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, August 11, 1863. Men from Greene, Washington, Hamilton, Union, Knox and Carter Counties. Became Co. "F", 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment.
Christopher C. Kenner. Organized at Somerset, Kentucky, July 1863. Mustered in at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, August 14, 1863. Became Co. "G", 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment.
1st Lieutenant Henry H. Kincaid. Mustered in at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, August 15, 1863. Men from Grainger, Knox, Claiborne, Greene, Sullivan and Union Counties. Consolidated with Co. "G" when the regiment was consolidated.
The first record of this regiment found in the Official Record was dated May 14, 1863, at which time the 5th East Tennessee Cavalry, with 97 effectives, was shown in a list of the effectives in the District of Central Kentucky. On June 30, the 5th East Tennessee Cavalry, Colonel Jesse H. Strickland, was reported in the 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, XXIII Army Corps, Department of the Ohio.
On July 5, 1863, at the time of Brigadier General John H. Morgan's raid into Ohio, Major General George L. Hartsuff, Commanding at Lexington, Kentucky, reported: "The 5th Tennessee Cavalry have no sabres or pistols. Can they be sent immediately about 300 of each?" At the time of Colonel John S. Scott's raid into Kentucky with a brigade of Confederate cavalry, McFall's, Galyon's and Lane's companies, under Major M. Sawyers, left Lexington July 29 as part of the troops under Colonel W. P. Sanders, and took part in the fighting which resulted in Scott's repulse and withdrawal into Tennessee. On July 31, the 5th Tennessee Cavalry (four companies) was again reported in the same brigade. The fourth company was probably Captain Kirk's.
On August 6, 1863, Brigadier General S. P. Carter was given command of the 4th Cavalry Division, and the 5th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry Regiment was assigned to the 2nd Brigade, under Brigadier General E. H. Hobson. The 2nd Brigade was ordered to rendezvous at Glasgow, Kentucky. Those men fit to march from the four companies under Major Sawyers arrived at Glasgow on August 14; at Celina, Tennessee, August 21; skirmished near Montgomery, Tennessee, August 30; and entered Knoxville September 1, 1863, as the advance of the forces under Major General Ambrose E. Burnside. On August 31, 1863 they were reported as the 8th Tennessee Cavalry (four companies) Major John M. Sawyers, in the 2nd Brigade, 4th Division. They are sometimes referred to as the 1st Battalion, or Sawyers' Battalion, 8th Tennessee Cavalry.
Those men unfit to march when this battalion left for Glasgow remained at Camp Nelson under Captain F. M. McFall. While there, other companies were organized, and all of them, under Lieutenant Colonel Thomas J. Capps, left Camp Nelson for Cumberland Gap as part of a brigade commanded by Colonel John F. DeCourcy. They were referred to by Colonel DeCourcy as the 8th Tennessee Cavalry, when, on August 24, at Crab Orchard, Kentucky, he reported: "The 8th Tennessee Cavalry will probably be here tonight. The cavalry and infantry are principally composed of raw, undisciplined troops." Although Colonel Jesse H. Strickland was reported as commanding the regiment on June 30, and again on July 31, 1863, he seems never to have commanded it while in the field, and he disappeared from the records at this time. For further history of the organization, see the history of the 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment U.S. A.
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