The War for Southern Independence:
Battalion State Troops Cavalry,
6th Battalion State Troops Cavalry
Rowland’s "Military History of Mississippi,
1803-1898"; company listing courtesy of H. Grady
Howell’s "For Dixie Land, I’ll Take My Stand’)
"Sixth Battalion Mississippi State troops, Capt. A.H.
Forrest, near Carrollton, 150 men." General Chalmers’
report at the time of the Federal raid to Grenada, August,
Capt. Forrest was captain of the Sunflower Rangers
independent cavalry company. Other companies constituting this
battalion have not been identified.
One extract from the Official Records of the War of
MIL. DIST., DEPT. MISS. AND E. LA.,
Grenada, July 18, 1863.
Capt. A. H.
FORREST, Comdg. Battalion, Carrollton, Miss.:
brigadier-general commanding directs me to say, in reply to
your note of yesterday, that you will send a detachment to
burn the steamboats Hope, Hartford City, Cotton Plant, and any
others <ar38_1017> that may be in the Tallahatchee and
Yazoo Rivers. You will also send out detachments southwest and
east of you, with orders to burn all cotton, whether belonging
to the Government or individuals, leaving the owners only
sufficient for the use of their own families. They will
commence by burning that nearest the enemy. The enemy are
reported to be within 7 miles of Vaughan's Station, and
advancing in this direction. You will throw out scouts to
observe their movements, and will report them promptly to
these headquarters. It is desired that only such cattle as are
suitable for beef should be driven out of the bottom.
servant, W.A. Goodman, Assistant