Ford's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)
Ford's Cavalry Battalion was organized on August 27, 1864, with 442 officers and men. Its members were recruited in Ashley and Chilot counties. Assigned to Colonel T.R. Freeman's Brigade, Trans-Mississippi Department, the unit participated in Price's Missouri Expedition. During this operation it reported 3 killed, 5 wounded, and 11 missing. Later it was active in various actions along the Mississippi River and in December had about 150 men fit for duty. The battalion disbanded prior to the surrender in June, 1865.
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
- Company C—Jackson County Source:
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