17th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Marshall's)

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17th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Marshall's)


Brief History[edit | edit source]

This regiment was also called the 16th Regiment was formed behind Federal lines during the fall of 1863 but was not officially recognized. In February, 1864, it was consolidated into three companies and transferred to the 14th (Neely's) Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. [1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

"On February 5, 1864, the command never having been officially recognized, was consolidated into three companies, and assigned as Companies "H", "I" and "K" to the 14th (Neely's) Tennessee Cavalry, although Colonel Neely reported that only two companies were assigned to his regiment.  This discrepancy may be explained by the fact that 2nd Company "I" of Neely's Regiment was largely recruited by Colonel Neely in November 1863, and may have been assigned to Marshall's Regiment by Richardson when he was still trying to complete the organization of that regiment."[2]

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 49 men on its roster for this unit. Possibly this unit did not complete its organization, and the men went to other units. Roster.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Tennessee in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Tennessee in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Tennessee, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).
  2. Tennesseans in the Civil War, 17th (Marshall's) Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, (accessed 29 Dec 2011).