The Third Cavalry Battalion AKA Ashcraft's Cavalry Regiment was organized in May, 1864, with eight companies. It was formed by consolidating the 2nd and 3rd Battalions State Cavalry. The unit served under Generals Gholson and F.C. Armstrong, Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. Skirmishing the Federals in Mississippi and Alabama, it was prominent in the conflicts at Egypt and Selma. Few surrendered in May, 1865.
Colonel Thomas C. Ashcraft, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas W. Harris, and Major E.L. Hawkins.
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