Ham's Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry

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Brief History

Ham's Cavalry Regiment (previously known as Ham’s 1st Battalion Mississippi State Cavalry and 16th Battalion State Cavalry) was organized in May, 1864, by transferring the 16th Mississippi State Cavalry along with a number of state companies to regular service. Many of the men were from Southeastern Mississippi. It served under Generals Gholson and F.C. Armstrong in the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. The regiment was active in various conflicts in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama, but many were captured at Selma. Very few were included in the surrender on May 4, 1865. The field officers were Colonel T.W. Ham, Lieutenant Colonel William P. Curlee, and Major George W. Bynum.

See Ham's 1st Battalion, Mississippi Cavalry (State Troops) for additional history and a list of companies with their counties of origin.

Regiment Companies with the County 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.

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