Mississippi 2nd Cavalry Regiment Partisan Rangers (Ballentine's)

Historical Notes:
This regiment was also known as Ballentine's Regiment Mississippi Cavalry.

Ballentine's Cavalry Regiment [also called 2nd Partisan Rangers] was formed at Jackson, Mississippi, during the spring of 1862. It was assigned to Cosby's and F.C. Armstrong's Brigade, skirmished in various conflicts in Mississippi and Tennessee, then returned to Mississippi. In January, 1863, the unit totaled 259 effectives, but by February, 1865, its numbers were so greatly reduced it disbanded. The remaining men merged into the 7th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment.
Colonel John G. Ballentine, Lieutenant Colonel William L. Maxwell, and Major William H. Ford. Assignments:
  • Cosby's and F.C. Armstrong's Brigade
  • Second Brigade of W. H. Jackson's Division
  • Brigade of General Cosby, in Martin's Division of Van Dorn's Cavalry Corps
  • Brigade of Colonel Starke, in W. H. Jackson's Division.
  • Armstrong's Brigade, Jackson's Division,
  • Battles:
    Lockridge Mills, Tenn., May 5, 1862

    Iuka, Corinth and Coffeeville, September-December, 1862

    Van Dorn's expedition into Tennessee.

    Spring Hill, or Thompson's Station, March 5, 1863

    Lawrenceburg, Campbellsville, Columbia, Spring Hill and Franklin, late 1864.

    Murfreesboro, December 7, 1864

    Selma, Ala., April 2, 1865
    The roster of this unit contains the names of 1641 men.

    Company A -- Ford’s Company (raised in Carroll County, MS)
    Company B -- Lott’s Company (raised in Louisiana)
    Company C -- Porter’s Company (raised in Tennessee)
    Company D [also listed as Co. L] -- Anderson’s Company (raised in Tennessee)
    Company E -- McDowell’s Company (raised in Tippah County, MS)
    Company F -- Reason’s Company (raised in Calhoun, Marshall, Tishomingo, & Yalobusha Counties, MS)
    Company G -- Martin’s Company (raised in Lafayette County, MS)
    Company H -- Ballentine’s Guards (raised in Panola County, MS)
    Company I -- Eskridge’s Company (raised in Tallahatchie & Yalobusha Counties, MS)
    Company K -- Jernigan’s Company (raised in Panola County, MS)
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