19th Battalion Mississippi Cavalry (Duff's)
Predecessor unit to 8th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry:
19th (Duff's) Cavalry Battalion was organized during the late summer of 1863 with six companies. On July 19, 1864, it merged into the 8th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment. Lieutenant Colonel William L. Duff and Major William L. Walker were in command. 
The 8th Mississippi Cavalry [formerly 19th Battalion Mississippi Cavalry (Duff's)] Internet site has a longer history taken from Dunbar Rowland's Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898.
Regiment Companies with the County 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.
A Company and Roster list is also found on the 8th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry page.
COMPANIES COMPRISING THE 19TH BATTALION MISSISSIPPI CAVALRY:
Company A - Williams’ Company (raised in Calhoun County)
Company B - Mitchell’s Company (raised in Calhoun County)
Company C - Duff Guards (raised in Yalobusha County)
Company D - Cochran’s Company (raised in Choctaw County)
Company E - Walker’s Company (raised in Chickasaw County)
Company E [sic] - Abert’s Company (raised in Lowndes County)
Company F - Shackelford’s Company (raised in Itawamba County)
Company F [sic] - Fields’ Company (raised in Lowndes County)
Company G - Matthews’ Company (raised in Lowndes County)
Company H - Morris’ Company (raised in DeSoto & Panola Counties)
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Mississippi in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Mississippi in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Mississippi, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- Rowland, Dunbar, Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898: taken from the Official and statistical register of the State of Mississippi, 1908 (Spartanburg, South Carolina: Reprint Company).
- Howell, H. Grady, For Dixie Land, I’ll Take My Stand!: A Muster Listing of All Known Mississippi Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines (Chickasaw Bayou Press, 1998).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 11 January 2011)