2 Mississippi Cavalry (AKA 4th)

Company D, Senatobia Opposers



Company D was formed in 1862 primarily from men in the Senatobia, Flewellen's Crossroads, and Looxahoma area of what was then the southern part of DeSoto County. Some of these men had previously served for twelve months in the 9th Mississippi Infantry.

This regiment was formed in 1862 upon the nucleus of Gordon's Battalion, which James Gordon organized and was commissioned Lieutenant-Colonel, on May 12, 1862. Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon drilled his regiment in camp of instruction at Columbus, Miss., summer of 1862.

In July 1862 when the main Confederate army was moving to Chattanooga, the Union troops occupying Corinth and neighboring posts made frequent raids through Northern Mississippi. Col. Frank C. Armstrong was assigned to command of all the cavalry attached to the army of Gen. Sterling Price, including the Second Mississippi Cavalry. Armstrong organized a brigade of cavalry at Guntown, Mississippi in August. The Second participated in the battles of Bolivar, Tennessee (August 30) and Britton's Lane (September 1), near Denmark, Tennessee before moving to Iuka, Mississippi in advance of General Price. They drove in the Federal pickets on September 13, informed Price of the approach of General Rosecrans, and covered the retreat after the battle, closely pressed by the Federal cavalry until Gordon prepared an ambuscade which proved successful.

After returning to Baldwyn the brigade again advanced, and drove back the Federal cavalry at Chewalla preparatory to the attack on Corinth by the infantry of Price and VanDorn, October 3-4, 1862. In the battle Gordon dismounted his men and charged to the assistance of King's Battery, in danger of capture. On the second day Gordon's Cavalry covered the retreat of Lovell's Division, and on the 5th they skirmished on Hatchie Creek and until Ripley was passed. The next campaign was during Grant's advance on the Central Railroad in November and December, during which the regiment skirmished at Oxford and Water Valley, and was in the battle of Coffeeville.

The Second, about 400 strong, was part of General Armstrong's Brigade of Jackson's Division of VanDorn's Cavalry Corps in the Tennessee campaign of 1863, and was particularly distinguished in the battle of Thompson's Station March 5th. The casualties of the Second Regiment (called Fourth in the reports) was 9 killed, 37 wounded. In the second charge "the Rev. B. T. Crouch, of [DeSoto County] Mississippi, my acting Aide-de-camp," said General Jackson, "was killed. He fell while bravely riding along the line, giving an order for Whitfield's Brigade to charge."

On March 9, 1863 while in line near Thompson's Station, the regiment was attacked by Minty's Cavalry and forced to retreat, with some slight loss. Gen. N. B. Forrest, with his brigade and Jackson's, on March 25, attacked the Union garrison at Brentwood, Tennessee. While the Second (called the Fourth) was not in action there, immediately afterward Forrest took Companies D, G, H and K, under the command of Colonel Gordon, and the Tenth Tennessee and a battery and captured the stockade fort on Harpeth River, garrisoned by 275 men. All these movements were made in great haste. Before Gordon had proceeded a mile he was attacked by Green Clay Smith's Cavalry. Company D, under Lieut. H. P. L. McGee, checked the pursuit by a volley until Gordon could form on the next hill and the companies of Capt. John Gaddis and Capt. J. T. Pitts (under Lieut. J. Y. Smith) could deliver another volley. McGee's company (D) dismounted and fired from a stone fence. The killed, wounded and captured were 20. The rest of the command stampeded, and the Mississippians were left alone before they gave way. The regiment was engaged in the unsuccessful attack on Franklin April 10, and had 1 wounded.

From Tennessee the cavalry made a rapid march to the Big Black River in Mississippi. The regiment was listed as Fourth [Second] Mississippi in June 1863 as part of Jackson's Division, Cosby's Brigade, along with Pinson, Starke and Ballentine's Regiments. On July 30th Company D, Capt. James Ruffin, was Provost Guard for General Jackson. Jackson's Cavalry covered the retreat of Johnston's army from the Big Black River to Jackson after the surrender of Vicksburg, with frequent skirmishing. After Sherman's return to Vicksburg the cavalry occupied the region between the Pearl and Big Black Rivers.

Gen. Frank C. Armstrong took command of the Mississippi Cavalry Brigade in Jackson's Division April 4, 1864, including the First, Second, Twenty-eighth and Ballentine's Regiments. They moved from Grenada to Northern Alabama. Maj. J. J. Perry was detailed with a portion of the First and Second Cavalry in Fayette County, Ala., to collect deserters, April, 1864. The brigade reached Rome, Ga., May 14, and thereafter was constantly engaged until after the evacuation of Atlanta, September 1, 1864.

In the same period, June 1, 1864, the returns show the Second Mississippi Cavalry in Mabry's Brigade, Wirt Adams' Cavalry.

The Second, now in Armstrong's Brigade, crossed the Tennessee River at Florence, Alabama on November 5, and soon after began the march into Tennessee under command of Gen. N. B. Forrest. The regiment was in battle on Shoal Creek, at Lawrenceburg, on November 21, at Campbellsville on November 22, at Spring Hill, Tennessee on November 29, and at Franklin, Tennessee on November 30. The Second arrived before Nashville on December 4, then moved to Murfreesboro where they were in battle on December 7. They acted as rear guard of the army on the retreat from Nashville, fought at Columbia, Warfield's, Richland Creek, Pulaski, King's Hill and Sugar Creek December 22 to 26. The casualties of the

regiment were 2 killed, 16 wounded. The Second Regiment was in all of the fights, skirmishes and marches incident to the service of the brigade in Tennessee.

Armstrong's Brigade held the line of works at Selma, which was carried by Long's Union Division April 12, 1865, after a loss of 300 killed and wounded. The troops of the department were surrendered by Lieut.-Gen. Richard Taylor at Citronelle, Alabama on May 4, 1865.

Below is a roster of men who served in Company D extracted from the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System of the National Park Service. Because the same soldier was sometimes listed more than once due to variations in spelling his name, the total number given is inflated. The listing has not been changed because there is no way to determine where these spelling errors have occurred.


Last Name First Name Company Rank_In Rank_Out
Adkins A. J. D Private Private
Anthony H. L. D Private Private
Bailey J.D. D Private Private
Baker A.J. D Private Private
Baker John D. D Private Private
Beacham John D Private Private
Beaver Joseph M. D Private Private
Berry Willie D Corporal Corporal
Billingsley E. D Private Private
Bishop M. W. D Private Private
Bishop R. S. D Private Private
Boid Peter D Private Private
Boon J. H. D Private Private
Boyd Peter D Private Private
Bratton J. R. D Private Private
Brewer L. D. D Private Private
Brisnahan J. D Private Private
Brooks D. B. D Private Private
Brown Hercules D Private Private
Caffee W. S. D Private Private
Caffey W. L. D Private Private
Carpenter J.Q. D Private Private
Carroll J. H. D Private Private
Carter H.L. D Private Private
Carter H.U. D Private Private
Carter Henry W. D Private Private
Castle A.C. D Private Private
Clark J. H. D Private Private
Coffey W. S. D Private Private
Coleman J. P. D,A Private Private
Coleman S. M. D Private Private
Connely J. R. D Private Private
Counts R.F. D Private Private
Covington T.J. D Private Private
Crawford John D Private Private
Day R. A. D Private Private
Day W. H. D Private Private
DeWeir Mathew D Private Private
DeWire Mat D Private Private
Donley G. D Private Private
Dowdy R.J. D,E Private Private
Duffee E.D. D Private Private
Duncan A.J. D Private Private
Dunkin C.W. D Private Private
Dunnavant J. W. D Private Private
Eaken M. H. D Private Private
Echols J. W. D Private Private
Engram A. C. D Private Private
Evans F. M. D Private Private
Evans J. W. D Private Private
Evans W.R. D Private Private
Featherston J.P. D Private Private
Fisher J. P. D Private Private
Flinn W. J. D,A Private Private
Gann J. C. D Private Private
Garner John F. D Private Private
Garrett A. C. D Private Private
Garrett J. J. D Private Private
Garrett W. A. D Private Corporal
Garrott J. J. D Private Private
Garrott W. A. D Private Corporal
Gibbons J. D Private Private
Graham W. W. D Private Private
Graves F.Y. D 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Grisham W. J. D Private Private
Grogan F. D Private Private
Gunn J. C. D Private Private
Halcomb J. H. D Private Private
Hall J. P. D Private Private
Hall Joseph W. D Private Brevet 2nd Lt.
Ham J.L. D Corporal Private
Ham J.S. D Corporal Private
Hancock J.A.G. D Captain Captain
Harrison C. C. D Private Private
Harrison H. A. D Private Private
Harrison J. C. D Private Private
Harrison J. M. D Private Private
Hassell J.C.M. D Private Private
Holcomb H. D Private Private
Holcomb J.H. D Private Private
Holcomb L.D. D Private Private
House B.F. D Private Private
House G.W. D Private Private
House S.C. D Private Private
House S.J. D Private 1st Sgt.
Howard A. J. D 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Howell K. D. D Private Private
Hunt J. F. D Private Private
Hunt J. W. D Sergeant Sergeant
Hunt John T. D Private Private
Hunt R. D Private Private
Ingram A.C. D Private Private
Ingram J.T. D Private Private
Ingram R.B. D Private Private
Ingram W.J. D Private Private
Jean L.M. D Sergeant Sergeant
Jeffress J.G. D Private Act. Comm. of Subsistence
Jeffreys J.G. D Private Act. Comm. of Subsistence
Joice M. D Private Private
Jones Jacob D. D Private Private
Jordan S.C. D Private Private
Kanahan John D Private Private
Kemp John D Private Private
Kyle B.C. D Private Private
Lane M. D Private Private
Lattimore L. D . .
Lipscomb D.C. D Private Private
Lipscomb D.S. D Private Private
Lochnun W. D Private Private
Lowery J.L. D Private Private
Matthews J.T. D Private Private
Matthews John E. D 1st Sgt. Sergeant
McArther Thomas D Private Private
McCarthey Thomas D Private Private
McCombs John A. D Private Private
McCombs S.E. D Private Private
McDonald James D Private Private
McDonald S.W. D Sergeant Private
McDonald W.S. D Sergeant Private
McDonel S.W. D Sergeant Private
McGee H.L.P. D 1st Lt. 1st Lt.
McGhee H.L.P. D 1st Lt. 1st Lt.
McKinney C.A. D Private Private
McLeon George D Private Private
Mercer I.W. D Private Private
Mercer J. D Private Private
Mitchell J.R. D Private Private
Molone S. D Private Private
Moon John T. D Private Private
Moore A. J. D Corporal Sergeant
Moore D. N. D Private Private
Nelms E. J. D Private Private
Nelson A. D. D Private Private
Nelson C. D. D Private Private
Nelson J. D. D Private Private
Nelson J. H. D Private Private
Nelson T. D. D Private Private
O'Daniel J. L. D Private Private
O'Daniel James D Private Private
O'Leary D. D Private Private
Parham J. H. D Private Sergeant
Parham P. P. D Private Private
Peeden J. R. D Corporal Private
Peedon J. R. D Corporal Private
Peters F. D Private Private
Porter J. F. D Private Private
Reed John B. D Sergeant Private
Richardson W.R. D Private Private
Richardson William R. D Private Private
Rigney J.M. D Private Private
Robinson, Jr. William D Private Private
Robinson, Sr. William D Private Private
Rowell W.A. D Private Corporal
Ruffin James D,B Captain Captain
Sadler A. D Private Private
Sadler C.D. D Private Private
Sadler S.O. D Private Private
Sherrod D. D Private Private
Short Benjamin H. D Private Private
Short Oliver S. D Private Private
Smith H.H. D,B Private Private
Stovall G.J. D Private Corporal
Stovall G.T. D Private Corporal
Sullivan Thomas D Private Private
Swank L.S. D Private Private
Terry W.E. D Private Corporal
Terry William E. D Private Corporal
Thompson J.P. D Sergeant Sergeant
Thornton J.L. D Private Private
Thornton T.J. D Private Private
Tompkins W.G.S. D Private Private
Townsend E.C. D Private Private
Trousdale J.C. D Private Corporal
Trusedale J.C. D Private Corporal
Tucker F. D Private Private
Vann J.E. D Private Private
Vann J.O. D Private Private
Vaughter John D Private Private
Vawter J.R. D Private Private
Vawter John D Private Private
Walthall L. D Private Private
Warren J. D Private Private
White John H. D Sergeant Private
White John U. D Sergeant Private
White R.M. D Private Private
White T.R.J. D Corporal Private
Wiley J.N. D Private Private
Williams E.A. D Private Private
Williams Edward A. D Private Private
Williams J.L. D Private Private
Williams James A. D Private Private
Williams John A. D Private Private
Williams S.D. D Private Private
Williams S.E. D Private Private
Wilson J.G. D Private Private
Wilson R.H. D Private Private
Wilson William R. D Private Private
Wilson William R. D Private Private
Wright G.M. D Private Private
Wylie J.N. D Private Private

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