1st Battalion, Chickasaw Cavalry, CSA (Confederate)

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Brief History

The 1st Chickasaw Cavalry Battalion organized in the fall of 1862 with five companies. It served in T. Walker's Brigade, Trans-Mississippi Department, and fought in the Indian Territory and along the border. The regiment surrendered on June 23, 1865, with about 75 officers and men. The commanders were Lieutenant Colonel J.D. Harris and Major L.M. Reynolds.[1]

Organized at the Choctaw National Council meeting at Doakville which authorized Chief Hudson to gather seven companies of mounted men. It was formed at the end of July 1861 under D.H. Cooper with 1,086 men and was assigned to General Ben McCullough's command, who promptly stationed it on the border of the Cherokee country.[2]

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.

Other Sources

  • 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 ‘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.
  • Confederate Regular Troops in the Civil War describes and explains records about the Confederate Regular Troops, which are the troops created by the Confederate government rather than organized by a particular  state,
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains Confederate States (CSA) and United States (USA) records, rather than state records, plus how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).
  2. Genealogical records on the Confederate Indians Troops, by Sherman Lee Pompey. C. 1984. FHL book 970.1 P772g fiche 6049323