1ST (Blythe's) Battalion Mississippi Cavalry Minute Men

(aka 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Partisan Rangers and 1st Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry State Troops)



Since the troops commanded by Green L. Blythe were state troops, record keeping and availability of records is scarce. It appears that Blythe commanded a couple of different organizations. The rosters provided in the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System list primarily Company A, with a few men from other companies. These are under 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers. (As is sometimes the case with cavalry, there was also another unit known as the 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers commanded by Col. Ballentine, which is often referred to in the records as Ballentine's Partisan Rangers). Additionally, in 1864 - 65 Col. Blythe seems to have had yet another unit of state troops, which is referred to as Blythe's Battalion. All efforts have been made at distinguishing between these groups. Almost certainly the names of some that served under Blythe have been lost.

Green L. Blythe, of DeSoto County, was commissioned Major of the First Battalion of Cavalry, State troops (Minute Men) on 25 September, 1862. He was commissioned Colonel of the First Regiment Cavalry, State troops, 29 April, 1863. The companies of his command were to a considerable extent organized under the act of Congress authorizing partisan rangers. The command was sometimes referred to as the Second Regiment, Partisan Rangers.

Blythe's Battalion was part of the command collected, or attempted to be collected, by General Chalmers in the region open to raids from Memphis early in 1863. A Federal report from February 1863 states: Van Dorn's movement "clears our front of all cavalry except that of G. L. Blythe's which is operating in the direction of Panola." Three prisoners from this command were reported by Gen. Quinby, commanding expedition across Nonconnah Creek. On February 16th, Gen. Hurlbut proposed an expedition under Col. A. L. Lee to "sweep around toward Panola and Hernando, enveloping Blythe's force and driving them to the Nonconnah or into the swamp." On February 25th Hurlbut reported "Richardson's guerrillas, near Covington, and Blythe's below, still in motion."

On May 6,1863 General Chalmers reported from Oxford, "half of Blythe's Regiment have never been in camp." On May 16th, Capt. T. P. Manning was ordered to scout in the direction of Memphis. On May 19th General Chalmers recommended that "the regiment commanded by Col. Green L. Blythe be converted into Confederate troops." Also on May 19th Union General Hurlbut wrote and ordered Gen. W. S. Smith to advance from LaGrange against Chalmers: "Blythe's Battalion is about twelve miles south of Memphis, engaged in conscripting and obtaining horses." On May 26th Blythe's Regiment was west of Hernando, and General Chalmers reported: "Colonel Slemons, with Second Arkansas and Second Mississippi Partisans, fired on transports near Austin without effect. Troops of Ellet's mounted marines were disbarked and repulsed, leaving eighteen dead horses. Slemon's casualties, 1 Captain and 2 men killed, 12 wounded and 2 missing."

In April 1863 Blythe's troops skirmished with Union forces at Hernando on the 18th and Coldwater on the 19th.

May 23-24, 1863 a Union expedition from Memphis to Hernando reported an encounter with Captain Manning's company near Colonel Blythe's plantation, and another raid passed this area on May 26th.

Blythe's command served under General George in the operations attending the raid of Union Colonel Mizner, who set out with 1,900 cavalry, June 15-25, 1863 from LaGrange, Tennessee. George retreated from Senatobia across the Yockeney when he learned the strength of Mizner's command and reached the railroad bridge too late to protect it. Blythe's Regiment did not accompany McQuick in the pursuit across the Tallahatchie, being exhausted. April 29, 1863 Blythe, Edmondson and Bowen were commissioned as field officers of the First Regiment, State troops. In August 1863 the regiment was reported as reorganizing, and not available during the Grenada raid. The regiment was reorganized by General George.

In 1864-65 Major Blythe was commanding a battalion of State troops, in which were included the following: Companies A & B, of Senatobia, then part of DeSoto County.

Below is a roster of men who served in Blythe's Second Mississippi Partisan Rangers 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
Anderson Ambrose A Private Private
Anderson Jonathan A Private Private
Baker Thomas E. A Private Private
Banks J.R. A Private Private
Barbee W.R. A Private Private
Bell Sam. A Private Private
Bell William M. A Private Private
Blackwelder W.M. A Private Private
Blythe Green L. A Captain Colonel
Bolt S. R. A Private Private
Boon Bryant A Private Private
Bradford R. M. A Private Private
Bradley R. C. A Private Private
Carter M.A. A Private Private
Cartwright B.N. A Private Private
Cartwright H. A Private Private
Caruthers R.W. A Private Private
Channel J.H. A Private Private
Clements T. J. A Private Private
Cooper C. A Private Private
Coulter William A Private Private
Council W.J. A Private Private
Daughtory W. T. A Private Private
Daughtry J. E. A Private Private
Daughtry W. F. A Private Private
Davis J. B. A Private Private
Davis R. R. A Private Private
Dean William H. A Private Private
Dickey John A Private Private
Dodds J.C. A Corporal Corporal
Doss Charles A Private Private
Douglas C.A. A Private Private
Douglas H.M. A Sergeant Sergeant
Dubois John A Private Private
Edmondson A. C. A 1st Lt. Lt. Col.
Fletcher F. M. A Private Private
Foster J.M. A Private Private
Gale Charles A Private Private
Gartrell J. C. A Private Private
Gill E.R. A Private Private
Gill William A Private Private
Gillespie W.C. A Private Private
Glaze J.M. A Private Private
Glaze W.J. A Private Private
Greenhaw J. E. A Private Private
Halliburton John W. A Private Private
Ham F.D. A Private Private
Hanks A. A Private Private
Harris R. P. A Private Private
Hedge Charles A Private Private
Higgins W.A. A Private Private
Hildebrand Benjamin A Private Private
Holbert Green A Private Private
Holliday G.W. A Private Private
Horton William H. A 1st Sgt. 1st Sgt.
Hudgins A. A Private Private
Hudson J. B. A Private Private
Humphries James A Private Private
Humphries John A Private Private
Humphries Richard A Private Private
Ingram D.B. A Private Private
Irwin S.D. A Private Private
Johnson H.L. A Private Private
Johnson Jesse A Private Private
Johnson W.C.M. A Private Private
Johnson W.J. A Private Private
Jones W.D. A . .
Lane A.C. A Private Private
Lea R.C. A Private Private
Lester S.J. A Private Private
Lewis J.C. A Private Private
Lewis W.M. A Private Private
Lister S.J. A Private Private
Logan C.A. A Sergeant Sergeant
Logan T.M. A Private Private
Manning J.M. A Private Private
Manning T.P. A Captain Captain
Mayfield John S. A Private Private
McClanahan A.N. A Private Private
McClanahan E. A Private Private
McDaniel W.C. A Private Private
McElroy J.J. A Private Private
Mehary Eli A 3rd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Merritt H.G. A 3rd Lt. 3rd Lt.
Metary E. A 3rd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Miller A.L. A Private Private
Mitchell John D. A Private Private
Morse Sidney A Private Private
Nail N. A Corporal Corporal
O'Neal J. M. A Private Private
Osborne Isaac A Private Private
Perry J. R. A 2nd Lt. 1st Lt.
Phillips A. G. A Private Private
Pope H. K. A Private Private
Ragsdale J.W. A Private Private
Ragsdale P.C. A Private Private
Raines S.L. A Sergeant Sergeant
Robinson C.A. A Private Private
Robinson J.G. A Corporal Corporal
Robinson John L. A Private Private
Robinson S.S. A Private Private
Rutland John W. A Private Private
Rutland W.C. A Private Private
Sanders B.T. A Private Private
Scales Robert A Private Private
Scott Charles A Private Private
Shelton E. A Private Private
Simmons Sol A Private Private
Smith C.A. A Sergeant Sergeant
Smith L.A. A Private Private
Smith William A Private Private
Spencer J.M. A Private Private
Springer William A Private Private
Stevenson J.A. A Private Private
Stokes C.A. A Private Private
Sullivan J.B. A Private Private
Swoope J.K. A Private Private
Tatum H. A Private Private
Taylor L.C. A 1st Lt. 1st Lt.
Tinsley B.F. A Private Private
Turner James A Private Private
Vaughan D. A Private Private
Walker J.F. A Private Private
Walker John A Private Private
Wear James A Private Private
Welch R.W. A Private Private
White A.J. A Private Private
White J.B. A Private Private
White J.C. A Private Private
Wilkinson T.W. A Private Private
Williams D.P. A Private Private
Williams J.A. A Corporal Corporal
Williamson F.H. A Private Private
Williamson William H. A Private Private
Willingham S.W. A Private Private
Willingham Thomas A Private Private
Wright J.W. A Private Private
Wynne J.W. A Private Private
Shinpock W. H. B Captain Captain
Jackson J. G. C 1st Lt. 1st Lt.
Spirey J.H. C 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Ward Albert G. C Captain Captain
Pasley Austin C,I Private Private
McCain J.H. D 1st Lt. 1st Lt.
Renfroe W.H. D Captain Captain
Slocumb D.M. D 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Thompson B.F. D 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Chester S.J. E 1st Lt. 1st Lt.
Malone Lewis E 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Rodgers H.S. E 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Stilwell Thomas E Captain Captain
Stilwell Thomas E Captain Captain
Hay A. F 1st Lt. 1st Lt.
Hunt John T. F 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Hunt Williamson F Captain Captain
Ruffin Thomas F 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Bowen Charles L. F&S Major Major
Paine F. T. F&S Acting Surgeon Acting Surgeon
Brown R. G 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Floyd Thomas D. G 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Floyd W. J. G 1st Lt. 1st Lt.
Maxwell William C. G Captain Captain
Alston A. H 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Balen R.C. H 1st Lt. 1st Lt.
Johnson C.H. H Captain Captain
McLeod A. H 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Whitten D.M. H 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt.
Williamson S.L. I 1st Lt. 1st Lt.
Carter J. . Capt./Act. QM Capt./Act. QM

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