6TH CAVALRY REGIMENT
This Regiment was begun at Bethel, West Virginia, and mustered into service November 13, 62. It entered upon arduous scouting duty in that region, and did signal and valuable service in destroying guerilla bands. When Gen. Sterling Price retreated from Corinth it went in pursuit and captured two hundred and fifty prisoners without the loss of a man. At Salem, Miss., it had an engagement with the rebels under Col. McGill. Col. Hurst, and Maj. W.J. Smith afterwards Gen. Smith had their horses killed under them while leading a charge. Major Baswell was wounded. During its services the Regiment took 1900 prisoners in various sections. At Wyott, Miss., it fought the rebels, and defeated them, capturing one hundred prisoners and several guns after hard fighting. On its return it captured 500 head of cattle. On the 13th of June following it marched to Purdy, Tenn., scouted the country and took a large number of prisoners, and on the 5th of Feb., 1864, went to Memphis. March 19 it went to Bolivar and defeated a force of rebels. On the 29th of the same month, it had a severe fight with a largely superior force of the enemy, in which it was forced to retire with the loss of its train, two commissioned officers killed, and thirty men missing. The rebels were nearly ten to one against our force. November 26th it went to Nashville to participate in the memorable battle in front of that place, where it acquitted itself with credit. Subsequent to that time it was employed on guard and picket duty. The Regiment did active service in North Mississippi and Arkansas in the spring of 1864. It had engagements with the rebels at Jackson and Clifton, Tenn., Coldwater, Miss., Ripley, Miss., Humboldt, Tenn., Forked Deer, at Cows Pond with Forrest, at Salem Miss., with Forrest, Chalmers and Lee, in addition to the places mentioned in the first part of thie Memorandum.
Company A had since organization 146 men, including officers. Company B 180 men. Company C 140 men. Company I 114 men.
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