The only record of this organization found was on a descriptive list of prisoners of war paroled at Fort Donelson, Tennessee, on May 12, 1865 “on the same terms that General Lee surrendered to General Grant, U.S.A. in compliance with orders from Major General George H. Thomas, U.S.A. Commanding Department of the Cumberland.” No records of this company, nor of Lyon’s or Lyons’ Tennessee Cavalry were found in Confederate records. This company may have been part of the brigade of Brigadier General Hylan B. Lyon, in Forrest’s Command, or part of the troops of the Confederate District of Western Kentucky, commanded by Lyon in late 1864 or early 1865.
The officers of the company, as shown by prisoner of war records were:
- Captain-Jerry C. Stone
- 1st Lieutenant-James M. Wright
- 2nd Lieutenant-William S. Walker
The only one who can be positively identified is Jerry C. Stone, who enlisted as a private in the 14th Tennessee Infantry Regiment on May 18, 1861 at Fort Donelson. The muster roll of this organization for January-February 1862 shows Jerry C. Stone as discharged. No reason was given.
It appears that the company was composed of absentees from other organizations, plus recruits enlisted in 1864 within the Federal lines, by men who had previously served as privates in the 14th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. The list of those paroled as members of this organization showed men from all over the State, with the 1864 enrollees mainly from Middle Tennessee.
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.