Captain J. W. Clark’s Independent Cavalry Company

Enlisted August 31, 1862 at Chattanooga, Tennessee; last record April 30, 1864 at Abingdon, Virginia.

Nothing is known of the activities of the company prior to June 1863. Company reports state that it did picket duty on the McMinnville-Allisonia Road from June 1, 1863 to July 1, when it fell back to Chattanooga, and from that time until the end of August 1863 served as Escort Company for Major General Simon Bolivar Buckner.

Another report dated April 30, 1884 at Abingdon, Virginia, stated that the company served as escort for General Buckner during the Chickamauga Campaign; that a portion of the company served as Escort and Couriers for Major General William J. Hardee until the evacuation of Missionary Ridge:; after which the captain and 16 men served as Escort for Brigadier General Bradley T. Johnson in East Tennessee: that on January 30, 1864, the captain was ordered to go to the Army of Tennessee under General Joseph E. Johnson at Dalton, Georgia, and gather up his command; that he was not able to find. All his men but returned with 19 of them on April 25, 1864, and reported to Major General Buckner at Abingdon, Virginia.

This unit history was extracted from Tennesseans in the Civil War, Vol 1. Copyrighted 1964 by the Civil War Centennial Commission of Tennessee and is published here with their permission. This history may not be republished for any reason without the written permission of the copyright owner.

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