CONFEDERATE MISSISSIPPI TROOPS
18th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
18th Cavalry Battalion [also called 18th Regiment] was organized during the late fall of
1862 with eight companies. Many of the men were recruited in Smith, Coahoma, and Sunflower
counties. The unit served in Chalmers', R. McCulloch's, Slemon's Brigade, then returned to
McCulloch's, and finally Starke's Brigade. It skirmished in various conflicts in Tennessee and
Mississippi. The battalion contained 225 effectives in October, 1863 and reported 6 casualties at
Collierville and 51 in the
expedition from Memphis into Mississippi. It ended the war in Mississippi with only a few
officers and men. The field officers were Colonel Alex. H. Chalmers, Lieutenant Colonel J.
Waverly Smith, and Major William R. Mitchell.
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