2nd (Ashby's) Cavalry Regiment was formed by consolidating the 4th and 5th Battalions of
Tennessee Cavalry in May, 1862. The men were from the counties of Hamilton, Monroe, Knox,
Union, Claiborne, Hawkins, Jefferson, Bledsoe, Bradley, Polk, Hancock, Blount, and Sullivan. It
was assigned to Wharton's, Pegram's, J.S. Scott's, Davidson's, Humes', and H.M. Ashby's
Brigade. The regiment participated in the conflicts at Cumberland Gap, Murfreesboro, and
Chickamauga, then was
involved in the Atlanta
Campaign. Later it skirmished in Alabama, aided in the defense of Savannah, and took part in the
campaign of the Carolinas. It lost 6 killed, 8 wounded, and 19 missing at Cumberland Gap, and
reported 19 casualties at Chickamauga. Only a few surrendered with the Army of Tennessee.
The field officers were Colonel Henry M. Ashby, Lieutenant Colonels Henry C. Gillespie and
John H. Kuhn, and Majors Pharaoh A. Cobb and
William M. Smith.