The Tennessee 5th Cavalry Regiment was organized in December, 1862, using the 1st Tennessee Cavalry Regiment / 13th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion as its nucleus. The men were from the counties of Polk, Hamilton, Meigs, McMinn, Bradley, Cocke, Hawkins, and Blount. It served in Scott's, Humes', H.B. Davidson's, and H.M. Ashby's Brigade. After skirmishing in Kentucky the unit fought at Chickamauga, McMinnville, Shelbyville, and Philadelphia. Later it was involved in various conflicts in Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia, then took part in the campaign of the Carolinas. The regiment surrendered with the Army of Tennessee.
Colonels George W. McKenzie and John B. McLin, Lieutenant Colonel John G.M. Montgomery, and Major John L. Backwell.
Wharton's, Pegram's, J.S. Scott's, Davidson's, Humes', and H.M. Ashby's Brigade.
McMinnville Shelbyville and Philadelphia
Carolinas Campaign Aiken - Feb. 11, 1865 Rosters:
The roster of this unit contains the names of 2189 men.
J. L. Blackwell (to Major), A. J. Reagan, Co. "A". Originally "F" 1st (Rogers') then "F", later "A", 13th Battalion.
James M. Kincaid, John Blyfhe, Co. "B". Originally "H" 1st (Rogers'), then "H", later "B", 13th Battalion.
W. O. Martin, D. C. Blevins, Co. "C". Originally "B", 1st (Rogers'), then "B", later 'C", 13th Battalion.
A. W. Beagles, Co. "D". Originally Co. "I" 1st (Rogers'), then "L", later "D", 13th Battalion.
Thad. M. Carder, Co. "E". Originally "D", 1st (Rogers'), then "D", later "E", 13th Battalion.
Thomas Gorman, A. L. Mims, Co. "F". Originally "E", 1st (Rogers'), then "E" later "F", 13th Battalion.
John W. Graham, Co. "G". Originally "K", 1st (Rogers'), then "K", later "G", 13th Battalion.
William W. Mullendore, Co. "H". Originally "G", 1st (Rogers'), then "G", later "II", 13th Battalion.
William W. Lillard, Co. "I". Organized July 19, 1862 at Shiloh, Hawkins County; men from Meigs and Hamilton Counties. Ordered to 13th Battalion as Co. "I", October 9, 1862.
Dewitt C. Ghormley, Co. "K". Organized July 4, 1862 at Maryville, Blount County. Originally "F", Thomas' North Carolina Legion. Ordered to 13th Battalion in December 1862, when it was raised to a regiment. Bibliography for Research: