8th Cavalry Regiment


Historical Notes:
    The Tennessee 8th (Baxter Smith's) Cavalry Regiment, usually called 4th Regiment, was organized in November, 1862, but annulled. Reoraganized in January, 1863, by consolidating Davis' Tennessee Cavalry Battalion and four companies from Murray's Cavalry Regiment, its ten companies contained men recruited in the counties of Marshall, Sullivan, Smith, Wilson, Cannon, Rutherford, Hamilton, Fentress, Davidson, DeKalb, and Sumner. Another company was added in August with men from Knox and Blount counties. It lost about 100 men skirmishing in Tennessee, then was active in the Battle of Chickamauga. Later the unit moved with Wheeler to Middle Tennessee, was with Longstreet in East Tennessee, then returned to Georgia where it took part in the Atlanta Campaign. The unit continued the fight in East Tennessee and Virginia, and saw action in the campaign of the Carolinas. It surrendered with the Army of Tennessee.
    Colonel Baxter Smith, Lieutenant Colonel Paul F. Anderson, and Major Willis S. Bledsoe.
    The regiment served in Wharton's, Biffle's, Dibrell's, and T. Harrison's Brigade.
Researching this Unit?
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Confederate Military History - Tennessee Volume
Porter, James D.
The Civil War in Tennessee
Rigdon, John C.
Rigdon, John C.
- Historical Sketch and Roster of the Tennessee 8th Cavalry Regiment


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