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CONFEDERATE MILITARY HISTORY.

No. 78—(857) Lieut.-Col. William Martin, Colonel Boyles commanding Ferguson's brigade, Wheeler's corps, September 20, 1864.

No. 94—(791) Company C transferred to Tenth Mississippi cavalry, special orders signed by Gen. John Withers, Richmond, Va., January 17, 1865.

No. 99—(1072) Ferguson's brigade, Wheeler’s corps, January 31, 1865.

THE FIRST CONFEDERATE CAVALRY.

The First Confederate cavalry was one of General Wheeler's best regiments; several of the companies were men from Alabama, but the field officers were from other States. Captain Robertson's company was organized early in the war, and saw considerable service before it was consolidated with other companies. Captain Bradley's Company A was detached on escort duty all during the war, serving the greater part of the time in Forrest's division. The rest of the regiment was brigaded, successively, with General Wharton, General Russell, General Wade, General Humes, General Allen and General Anderson, in Wheeler's cavalry corps.

It was at Lavergne in November, 1862, and distinguished itself at Murfreesboro by its gallant charge and capture of the Seventy-fifth Illinois. It fought at Guy's Gap, Shelbyville, Trenton, Lafayette, Chickamauga, McAfee’s, Noonday Creek, and in numberless skirmishes during the campaigns of the army of Tennessee. Capt. Charles H. Conner was in command continuously after the spring of 1863.

EXTRACTS FROM OFFICIAL WAR RECORDS.

First Confederate cavalry, Col. John T. Cox. Vol. VI—(835) Six companies ordered to Mobile, February 27, 1862, by General Bragg.

Vol. VII—(769) General Pillow reports Robertson's company of cavalry in Brownville, December 16, 1861. (910) Col. B. J. Lea reports Robertson's company scouting between Clifton and Savannah, February 26, 1862.