21st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Wilson's)
The 21st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Wilson's) also called the 16th Regiment was organized in February, 1864. During February, 1865, the unit was consolidated with Barteau's 22nd Cavalry, and this command totalled 31 officers and 317 men on May 3. The next day it was included in the surrender of the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. 
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.
- Company A - Captain J.A. Russell - Men from Hardin County.
- Company B - Captain Ezekiel D. Polk - Men from Hardin County.
- Company C - Captain J.I. Rice - Men from Chester County and Henderson Counties.
- Company D - Captain William H. Bray - Men from Chester County.
- Company E - Captain William H. Simmons - Men from Madison County.
- Company F - Captain James Stinnett - Men from Chester County, Hardin County, Henderson County and McNairy Counties.
- Company G - Captain Jason W. Fussell - Men from Madison County.
- Company H - Captain W.B. Hayes - Men from Madison County.
- 2nd Company H - Captain John W. Carroll - Men from Chester County.
- 2nd Company I - Captain James C. Gooch - Men from Madison County.
- 2nd Company K - Captain Robert E. Dudley - Men from Carroll County.
The information for these companies comes from Tennesseans in the Civil War, (accessed 29 Dec 2011).
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Tennessee 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.
- Tennessee in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Tennessee, 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.
- Lindsley, John Berrien, The Military Annals of Tennessee – Confederate First Series, Embracing A Review of Military Operations, with Regimental Histories and Memorial Rolls, Compiled from Original and Official Sources, (Nashville: J.M. Lindsley & Co. Publishers; 1886).Online at Internet Archive, (accessed 3 Sep 2011). Memorial rolls for the Sixteenth Tennessee Cavalry begins on page 735.
- Tennesseans in the Civil War, 21st (Wilson's) Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, (accessed 29 Dec 2011).
- The 21st (Wilson's) Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, (accessed 29 Dec 2011). A brief history, field officers, battles, and links to rosters included.
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).