The Tennessee 20th (Russell's) Cavalry Regiment [also called 15th Regiment] was organized in February, 1864. Its members were recruited in the counties of Henry, Gibson, Carroll, Madison, Dyer, Humphreys, and Weakley. The unit was placed in T.H. Bell's Brigade, Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana, and fought at Okolona , Brice's Cross Roads , and Harrisburg . Later it skirmished in Tennessee, was part of Hood's operations, then moved to Mississippi. The regiment ended the war in Alabama and on May 3, 1865, contained 29 officers and 217 men.
Robert M. Russell
Henry C. Greer
T.H. Bell's Brigade, Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. Battles:
Actions prior to official formation of the regiment
Jack's Creek, December 23, 1863
Estenaula, December 24, 1863
Somerville, Bolivar, December 26, 1863
Fayette Station, Collierville, December 27, 1863
Macedonia, Tenn., January 15, 1864
Actions against Wm. Sooy Smith's Column, Meridian Expedition, Feb 11-26, 1864
Wyatt, February 13, 1864
Okolona, February 22, 1864
Forrest's Expedition into West Tennessee and Kentucky, March 15 - May 15, 1864
Union City, March 24, 1864
Paducah, March 25, 1864
Fort Pillow, April 12, 1864
Brice’s Crossroads, June 10-11, 1864
Actions against A.J. Smith's Invasion of Mississippi, July 5-21, 1864
Coonewah Crossroads, July 13, 1864
Tupelo, July 14, 1864
Old Town Creek, July 15, 1864
Actions against A.J. Smith's 2nd Invasion of Mississippi, August, 1864
Hurricane Creek, August 11-13, 1864
Memphis Raid, August 21, 1864
Middle Tennessee Raid, September 16 - October 10, 1864
Athens, Alabama, September 24, 1864
Sulphur Springs Trestle, September 25, 1864
Pulaski, Tennessee, September 27, 1864
Carter’s Creek, October 1, 1864
Forrest's Johnsonville Raid, October-November, 1864
Paris Landing, October 30, 1864
Johnsonville, November 3-5, 1864
Hood's Invasion of Tennessee
Franklin, November 30, 1864
Nashville, December 15-16, 1864
Centerville, Alabama, April 1, 1865
The roster of this unit contains the names of 1200 men.
William Gay, Co. "A". Men from Gibson County. Paroled as Co. "F", 19th and 20th. Some men from Henry County.
W. H. Hawkins, Co. "B". Previously in Greer's Regiment. Men from Carroll and Henry Counties. Paroled as Co. "A", 19th and 20th.
J. T. Mathis, Co. "C". Men from Gibson County. Some men paroled in Co. "E", 19th and 20th.
J. A. Shane, Co. "D". Men from Madison, Carroll, Dyer, Henry and Gibson Counties, mainly Gibson. Paroled as Co. "B", 19th and 2Oth.
William D. Hallum, Co. "E". Organized September 17, 1863 at Paris, Henry County.
J. Cardwell Wilson, John M. Fields, Co. "F". Men from Carroll, Humphreys, Henry and Haywood Counties.
J. R. Hibbift, D. E. Parker, Co. "G". Organized December 1, 1863 in Dyer County. A few men paroled in Co. "E", 19th and 20th.
J. R. Gardner, Co. "H". Organized December 1, 1863 in Dyer County. A few men paroled in Co. "E", 19th and 20th.
E. Tompkins Hollis, Co. "I". Men from Weakley County. A few men paroled in Co. "E", 19th and 20th.
Henry F. Bowman (to major), A. V. Clark, Co. "K" (also called "A"). Organized September 22, 1863 at Cottage Grove, Henry County. Paroled as Co. "D", 19th and 20th. Formerly in Greer's Regiment.
The History of Henry County Commands states that Captain N. W. McNeill raised a small company in Henry County which was consolidated with Captain W. H. Hawkins' Co. "B".
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