65th Regiment Volunteers-6th Cavalry was organized in August, 1863, by consolidating the 5th and 7th North Carolina Cavalry Battalions. These two units had rendered efficient services in East Tennessee and Kentucky. Many of the men were from Ashe, Burke, Watauga, Transylvania, and Mitchell counties. The regiment fought at Chickamauga, then with other troops in Dibrell's Brigade gave support to Longstreet at Knoxville. It was then assigned to the Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia. Under this command it saw action at New Bern, near Kinston, and along the Roanoke River. It was organized with 520 men and during February, 1864, had 273 present for duty. Attached to Butler's Cavalry Division, the unit disbanded near Salisbury in April, 1865. The field officers were Colonel George N. Folk, Lieutenant Colonels Alfred H. Baird and Thaddeus P. Siler, and Major John J. Spann.