Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The 14th (Carter's) Tennessee Cavalry Battalion

The 14th (Carter's) Tennessee Cavalry Battalion

On May 12, 1862, the battalion was reorganized with James E. Carter as Lieutenant Colonel, and Onslow Bean as Major, and was officially recognized as the 14th (Carter's) Tennessee Cavalry Battalion. On November 14, 1862, the battalion was increased to a regiment by the addition of four other companies; two other companies were added in 1863. The company letters were changed at the reorganization as the 14th Battalion, and again at the organization of the regiment. Prior to the organization of the regiment, the battalion had been operating in the neighborhood of Cumberland and Big Creek Gaps, along the line of railroad. When the regiment was organized it was assigned to Brigadier General John Pegram's Cavalry Brigade in Lieutenant General E. Kirby Smith's Department. This brigade was composed of Howard's Alabama Regiment, 2nd (Ashby's), 4th (Starnes'), J. E. Carter's Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, and Marshall's Battery.

My GGGrandfather enlisted in September of 1862. Therefor, from September till November, he rode for the 14th (Carter's) Cavalry Battalion. I'm wondering if, while being assigned to General Pegram, if he rode with General Morgan during this period. Sometimes, the 14th Brigade is referred to as just that, and "Carter's" is excluded.

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