1st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Carter's) (Confederate)
This regiment was organized in November, 1862, using the 3rd Tennessee Cavalry Battalion as its nucleus. This company was active in the Vicksburg Campaign and was captured July, 1863. By exchanged, it was attached to Waul's Texas Legion, then returned to the regiment. It surrendered with the Army of Tennessee.
For more information on the history of this unit, see:
- The Civil War Archive section, 1st Regiment Cavalry, (accessed 7 November 2012).
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 – Rhea County
- Company B – Hamilton County
- Company C - McMinn County
- Company D – Rhea and Bledsoe Counties
- Company E – Union and Knox Counties
- Company F – Claiborne County
- Company G – Blount County
- Company H – Jefferson County
- Company I – Blount County
- Company K- Jefferson County
- Company L – Claiborne County
- Company M – Washington, Sullivan and Carter Counties
The information about the counties is from Tennesseans in the Civil War, (accessed 18 November 2011).
Company A (Captain Keys - many men from Rhea County
Company B (Captain J. B. King) - many men from Hamilton County
Company C (Captain Richard Vandyke) - many men from McMinn and Monroe Counties
Company E ( Captain John Jarnagin) - many men from Knox County
Company F (Captain Frank Fulkerson) - many men from Claiborne County
Company G (Captain Wiggs) - many men from Blount County
Company H (Captain Neff) - many men from Jefferson County
Company I (Captain William Wallace) - many men from Blount County
Company K (Captain Richard Swearinger) - many men from
Company L (Captain Blackburn) - many men from Claiborne County
Company M (Captain Ed Gammon) - many men from Washington County
The information above is from Goodspeed's History of Hamilton, Knox and Shelby Counties of Tennessee Vol. 3, Nashville, Tennessee: C. and R. Elder Booksellers, 1974. Digital version: FamilySearch Books (accessed 9 October 2012)
- 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). First Tennessee Cavalry histories and memorial rolls start on page 606. Online book through Internet Archive.
- Tennesseans in the Civil War, (accessed 3 Sep 2011). Brief history with company information and county links. A photocopy of the original is also available online, (accessed 3 Sep 2011).
- Tennessee 1st Cavalry Regiment (Carter's), (accessed 3 Sep 2011). Organization, research books for purchase.
- William Randolph Carter, History of the First regiment of Tennessee volunteer cavalry in the great war of the rebellion, (Knoxville, Tenn: Gaut-Ogden Co., Printers and Binddres, 1902), (accessed 23 Dec 2011). Online Book at Google books, (accessed 26 Feb 2012) also available at Internet Archive, (accessed 26 Feb 2012).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).