The Tennessee 17th Cavalry Battalion was formed in September, 1862, with three companies: one from Tennessee and two from Mississippi. The unit served in S.W. Ferguson's Brigade in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. Later it skirmished in Tennessee and during December, 1864, merged into the 9th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment.Officers:
Major Sanders, Edward J. Assignments:
S.W. Ferguson's Brigade in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana.
Brigadier General Frank C. Armstrong’s command
With Forrest on his operations in Middle Tennessee as part of Van Dorn's Corps,
Ferguson's and Wirt Adams' Brigade in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana Battles:
Thompson Station – March 5, 1863
Brentwood – March 25, 1863
Franklin – April 10, 1863
As a part of the MS 9th Cavalry Regiment:
The Atlanta Campaign
The Carolina’s Campaign
The roster of this unit contains the names of 467 men.
Edward I. Sanders, Co. "A". "Confederate Rangers". Organized April 26, 1862 at Memphis. Some individual records show enlistments as early as September 9, 1861. Became Thomas C. Flournoy's Company, 9th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment.
L. E. Hill, T. C. Brown, Co. "B". "The Chickasaw Mounted Guards". Organized March 20, 1862 at Okolona, Mississippi. Became Company "E", 9th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment.
P. A. Mann, James C. Brock, Co. "C", formerly called "B". Organized May 1, 1862 at Aberdeen, Mississippi. Became Company "F", 9th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment.
Companies "B" and "C" were illegally mustered into the 12th Mississippi Cavalry Battalion in August 1863, but were ordered returned to Major Sanders by Major General Stephen D. Lee. When they returned to the battalion, their Company letters were reversed. Bibliography for Research: