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he encountered General C. B. Hill with a force of cavalry which he put to flight and moved on to the city. Here he destroyed the public property and passed on to Oxford, Carrollton and Newman, and on the 1st of May joined the main body of the army at Macon. His command had marched more than six hundred and fifty miles over a mountainous country, crossed four large rivers, destroyed five extensive iron mills, numerous factories and captured five hundred prisoners and many small arms. The loss had been about one hundred and seventy men, most of whom had been captured while foraging. No regiment did more fighting than the Eighth Cavalry, which lost six men killed, seven wounded and a few captured.

On the 28th of May Colonel Dorr, who had been suffering for some time with rheumatism, was attacked by a congestive chill and lived but a few hours. His sudden death was a shock to his regiment, with which he was a great favorite. The sad news was received with sorrow throughout the State.

Lieutenant-Colonel Barner was promoted to command of the regiment, serving as colonel during the remainder of the term of enlistment. On the 13th of August, 1865, the regiment was mustered out of the services at Macon, Georgia.

THE NINTH IOWA CAVALRY

This was the last of the three years’ regiments raised in Iowa for service in the Civil War. The various companies making up the regiment were recruited in the State at large. Its organization was completed at Davenport on the last of November, 1863, by the appointment of the following officers: M. M. Trumbull, colonel; John P. Knight, lieutenant-colonel; Edgar T. Ensign, Willis Drummond and William Haddock, majors; and John Wayne, adjutant. The regiment consisted of about 1,200 men, many of whom had served in other regiments. Field