20th Tennessee Cavalry, CSA

Chronology

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Revised April 28, 1998
Summary of Changes

 1863   1864   1865 

This is an effort to track the activities and location of Russell's Regiment. It is built up from a variety of sources which may not always agree.

1863

Date Event Place Source
24 August 1863 Co. "A" organized Shoal Creek, AL 9
17 September 1863 Enlistments Paris, TN 16
  Co. E organized Paris, TN 8
18-24 September 1863 Hallum's Co. cross TN river, camp on Duck River Humphreys Co. TN 16
20 September 1863 Partisans under Bell and Greer reported raiding between Paris, TN and Mayfield, KY Paris, TN 2
22 September 1863 Co. K organized Cottage Grove, TN 8
30 September 1863 Hallum's Co. breaks camp, marches south   16
1 October 1863 Hallum's Co. camps at "Carter's" probably near present Lynville, Chester Co., TN 16
2-7 October 1863 Hallum's Co. on march North AL, passing through Russellville 16
19 October 1863 Hallum's Co. in camp for approx. 2 weeks near Okolona, MS 16
25 October 1863 Partisans under Bell and Greer reported moving North toward Kentucky near Huntingdon, TN 2
12 November 1863 Hallum's Co. in camp at "Pinson's" probably Henry Co., TN 16
28 November 1863 Enlistments Newbern, TN 7B
1 December 1863 Enlistments near Newbern, TN 7A,11
  Cos. G & H organized Dyer Co. TN 8
3 December 1863 Forrest enters West Tennessee   19
13 December 1863 1st new regiment sent south; commanded by Col. Russell   2,19
20 December 1863 Hallum's Co. starts south   16
23 December 1863 Action at Jack's Creek, TN, unknown involvement by men of Russell's Regiment
  3A
24 December 1863 Estenaula   16
25 December 1863 Action at Estenaula, TN, some members of regiment involved   3A
26 December 1863 Action at Somerville, TN, some members of regiment involved   3A
  Fights at Fayette Station (now Rossville) and Bolivar, TN   16

1864

Date Event Place Source
1-4 January 1864 Recruits for Co. I camped with Col. Tansil's men near Dancyville, TN 5
5 January 1864 Recruits for Co. I marching toward Somerville, TN   5
8-9 January 1864 Recruits for Co. I camp Wesley, TN 5
23-31 January 1864 Co. I in Camp; "getting rigged in guns and equipment for active service". Como, MS 5
1 February 1864 Co. I crosses Tallahatchie River, camps Panola, MS 5
1-10 February Co. A in camp Oxford, MS 1
2 February 1864 Co. I on march, camps Oxford, MS 5
3 February 1864 Partisans under Greer reported in Henry Co., TN   2
3-7 February 1864 Co. I in camp Oxford, MS 5
4 February 1864 Tennessee Governor Isham G. Harris addresses troops Oxford, MS 5
5 February 1864 Russell's Tennessee Cavalry Regiment Organized Oxford, MS 1, 4, 5, 8
  Forrest addresses troops, "which stirs greatly" Oxford, MS 5
9-10 February 1864 Co. I in camp, drilling Panola, MS 5
11-13 February 1864 Co. I in camp Oxford, MS 5
12 February 1864 Men assembled to see execution of deserters; Forrest grants reprieve Oxford, MS 5
13 February 1864 Skirmish Wyatt, MS 5
14 February 1864 Co. I crosses Yocona River, camps Coffeeville, MS 5
15 February 1864 Co. I on march, camps Grenada, MS 5
16-17 February 1864 Co. I marching south, then east; "traveling hard, horses breaking down and enemy in front at Okolona"   5
18 February 1864 Co. I on march, camps Starkville, MS 5
19 February 1864 Co. I in camp Columbus, MS 5
20 February 1864 Co. E intercepts Federals, running fight near West Point, MS 16
  Co. I marches toward Aberdeen, spends all night crossing Bigbee   5
22 February 1864 Battle of Okolona, MS   1,4,5,16
23 February 1864 Co. E in camp Okolona, MS 16
  Burials of those killed at Okolona, Co. I camps 5 or 6 miles out of Okolona 5
24 February 1864 Burials; Co. E marches, camps Tibbee Station, MS 16
  Co. I marches back over battleground; camps near West Point, MS 5
26 February 1864 Co. I in camp Starkville, MS 5
28 February - 14 March 1864 Co. I in camp Tibby Station, MS 5
4 March 1864 Concert by local ladies Tibby Station, MS 5
7 March 1864 General Orders No. 12 appoint T.H. Bell to command of 4th Brigade, Buford's Division, Forrest's Cavalry, consisting of Barteau's, Russell's, and Wilson's Cavalry Regiments   2
13 March 1864 Co. I issued 7 days rations to cook Tibby Station, MS 5
14-24 March 1864 Co. I moves north to Dresden, TN From Tibby Station, MS, through West Point, Okolona, Tupelo, Baldwyn, Corinth, MS, Purdy, Jacks Creek, Mifflin, Cotton Grove, Spring Creek, Trenton, TN to Dresden, TN 5
14 March 1864 Co. I camps near West Point, MS 5
15 March 1864 Co. I camps four miles south of Okolona, MS 5
16 March 1864 Co. E starts north   16
17 March 1864 Co. I camps; Forrest already in Tennessee Tupelo, MS 5
18 March 1864 Co. I camps near Baldwyn, MS 5
22 March 1864 Co. I camps Spring Creek, TN 5
  Part of regiment camps Trenton, TN 12
23 March 1864 Co. I passes Trenton, TN, crosses South Fork; some men go home   5
24 March 1864 Co. I assembles at Dresden, marches north, camps Through Dukedom, KY; camp near Mayfield, KY 5
25 March 1864 Raid on Paducah   1,4
  Co. I camps near Paducah, KY 5
26 March 1864 Paducah   1,16
  Co. I camps near Mayfield, KY 5
27 March - 6 April 1864 Co. A "recruiting stock"   1
28 March -- 7 April 1864 Portions of regiment on leave Assembly point between 5-9 April seems to be Eaton, TN 5
6 April 1864 Co. K breaks camp Paris, TN 15
9 April 1864 Co. K crosses South Forked Deer River   11
  Co. K cooks rations Eaton, TN 15
10 April 1864 Co. I cooking rations Eaton, TN 5
12 April 1864 Battle of Fort Pillow   1,4,5
13 April 1864 Co. I camps near Fort Pillow, TN 5
14 April 1864 Co. I marches, camps 3 miles from Brownsville, TN 5
  Co. K camps near Brownsville, TN 15
15 April 1864 Co. I marches, camps near Somerville, TN 5
16 April 1864 Co. I marches, crosses Wolf River, camps near LaGrange, TN 5
17 April 1864 Co. I marches, camps 6 miles from Holly Springs, MS 5
18 April 1864 Co. I countermarches, camps near LaGrange, TN 5
19 April 1864 Co. I marches, camps Somerville, TN 5
20-21 April 1864 Co. I marches, crosses Hatchie and Forked Deer, camps near Lanefield, TN 5
22 April 1864 Co. I marches, camps near Dyersburg, TN 5
23-29 April 1864 Several officers of 20th on leave   5
30 April -- 6 May 1864 Co. I returns to Mississippi Through Trenton, Cotton Grove, Jackson, Mifflin, Purdy, TN, Corinth, Rienzi, Baldwyn, MS to Tupelo 5
1 May 1864 Co. I camps Mifflin, TN 5
2 May 1864 Co. I camps 7 miles from Purdy, TN 5
3 May 1864 Co. I camps Corinth, MS 5
4 May 1864 Co. I camps Rienzi, MS 5
5 May 1864 Co. I camps Baldwyn, MS 5
6-15 May 1864 Co. I in camp Tupelo, MS 5
10-12 May 1864 Co. I drilling Tupelo, MS 5
12 May 1864 Co. I on picket near Okolona   5
13 May 1864 Co. I horses valued Tupelo, MS 5
  Co. F in camp near Tupelo, MS 17
14 May 1864 Forrest reviews troops Tupelo, MS 5
15 May 1864 Co. I receives ordnance stores, cooks rations Tupelo, MS 5
16 May 1864 Co. I marches, camps Baldwyn, MS 5
17-22 May 1864 Co. I in camp near Corinth, MS 5
19 May 1864 Review near Corinth, MS 5
21-23 May 1864 Over 300troopers of Forrest's command are arrested for return to former units; 97 men of Russell's regiment are on the list of those ordered detained   2, 8
22 May 1864 Co. F in camp Corinth, MS 17
23 May 1864 After men returned, Co. I marches and camps Burnsville 5
24 May 1864 Co. I marches, camps Tupelo, MS 5
24-29 May 1864 Co. I in camp near Tupelo, MS 5
26-27 May 1864 Co. I drilling near Tupelo, MS 5
29 May 1864 Co. I cooks five days rations near Tupelo, MS 5
30 May 1864 Co. I marches, camps Pontotoc, MS 5
31 May 1864 Co. I horses shoed Pontotoc, MS 5
1 June 1864 Co. I marches, crosses Tombigbee, camps Fulton, MS 5
2 June 1864 Co. I marches, crosses Big Black, camps and guards train   5
  Russell's Regiment stationed Corinth, MS 13
3 June 1864 Co. I marches, crosses into Alabama, then turns around   5
4 June 1864 Co. I marches, crosses Bigbee River, camps near Mooresville, MS 5
  Co. E shoes horses Pontotoc, MS 16
5 June 1864 Co. I marches, camps Tupelo, MS 5
  Co. F camps Tupelo, MS 17
6 June 1864 3 Privates from Co. B captured while scouting near Ripley, MS 1
7 June 1864 Co. I marches, camps near Baldwyn, MS 5
9 June 1864 Co. I rejoins regiment, on picket Rienzi, MS 5
  Bell's Brigade camped Rienzi, MS 6
10 June 1864 Battle of Brice's Crossroads near Guntown, MS 1,4,5,7B
11 June 1864 Co. I pursues enemy through Ripley, capturing wagons and cannon. Camps. Salem, MS 5
  Bell's Brigade camped, "having marched and fought 86 miles in thirty-one hours" Davis's Mill, MS 6
12 June 1864 Co. I moves back; prisoners captured; camps near Ripley, MS 5
13 June 1864 Co. F in camp Rienzi, MS 17
13-18 June 1864 Co. I in camp near Guntown; collecting prisoners, etc. near Guntown, MS 5
19 June 1864 Co. I marches, camps near Saltillo, MS 5
20 June 1864 Co. I in camp, drilling near Saltillo, MS 5
  Detachment from Cos. B&D sent on outpost duty Ripley, MS 1
21 June - 6 July 1864 Co. I in camp near Tupelo, MS 5
29 June 1864 Inspection near Tupelo, MS 5
30 June 1864 Co. F in camp near Tupelo, MS 17
8 July 1864 Co. I marches north, camps through Ellistown, MS; camp on Tallahatchie 5
  Bell's Brigade leaves camp near Tupelo, moves toward Kelly's Mill on Tallahatchie river   2
9 July 1864 Co. I marches, camps through Ellistown, MS; camp at Pontotoc, MS 5
  "15th" Cavalry ordered back to Ellistown   2
10 July 1864 Co. I marches, camps Okolona, MS 5
11 July 1864 Co. I marches, camps near Okolona, MS 5
12 July 1864 Co. I marches, camps near Pontotoc, MS 5
13 July 1864 Co. I in fighting at Coonewah Crossroads near Tupelo, MS 2,5
14 July 1864 Battle of Tupelo or Harrisburg   2,4,5,7B
15 July 1864 Co. I pursues, fights near Eneak [?], MS 5
  Old Town Creek   2
16 July 1864 Burials near Tupelo, MS 5
  Skirmish; involvement of 20th Cavalry unknown near Ellistown, MS 2
18 July 1864 Co. I marches, camps passes Verona; camps Shannon Station, MS 5
19 July 1864 Co. I marches, camps near Gladdues Mill, MS 5
27 July 1864 Co. F in camp Pikeville, MS 17
11 August 1864 Action at Hurricane Creek north of Oxford, MS 3B
  Co. I camped Oxford, MS 5
14 August 1864 Co. I camped near Pontotoc, MS 5
21 August 1864 Memphis Raid   3B
26 August 1864 Co. I camped near Springdale, MS, MS 5
28 August - 6 Sept. 1864 Co. I camped near Oxford, MS 5
29 August 1864 "Lt. Lawler off with dismounted men". near Oxford, MS 5
31 August 1864 Co. I mustered and inspected Oxford, MS 5
3 September 1864 Co. F in camp near Oxford, MS 17
7 Sept. 1864 Co. I marches, camps Lafayette Springs, MS 5
8 Sept. 1864 Co. I marches, camps Pontotoc, MS 5
9-11 Sept. 1864 Co. I marches, camps near Verona, MS 5
13 Sept. 1864 Some men paid near Verona, MS 5
16 Sept. 1864 Co. I marches, crosses Bigbee river, camps past Pickens, MS; camp near Fulton, MS 5
  Bell's Brigade begins move to Cherokee Station   14
17 Sept. 1864 Co. I marches, camps near Little Bear Creek 5
18 Sept. 1864 Co. I marches, camps Cherokee Station, AL 5
19 September 1864 Bell's Brigade reach Cherokee Station, AL   14
21 Sept. 1864 Co. I marches, fords Tennessee River, camps Florence, AL 5
23 Sept. 1864 Co. I marches, camps near Athens, AL 5
  Skirmish; unknown involvement by 20th Regiment Athens, AL 2
24-6 Sept. 1864 Fighting around Athens   5
24 September 1864 Fighting, surrender of Athens   2,5
25 September 1864 action & surrender at Sulphur Trestle 10 miles N of Athens, AL 2,5,14
26 September 1864 Skirmish Richland Creek (AL?TN?) 2,5
27 Sept. 1864 Fighting 3 miles south of Pulaski, TN   2,5
28 Sept. 1864 Co. I marches, camps near Fayetteville, TN 5
29 Sept. 1864 Skirmish; unknown involvement by 20th near Lynchburg, TN 2
1 October 1864 Blockhouses surrender; unknown involvement by 20th Carter's Creek Station, TN 2
1-2 October 1864 Skirmishes; unknown involvement by 20th near Athens, AL 2
2 October 1864 Skirmish; unknown involvement by 20th near Columbia, TN 2
10 October 1864 Action against Gunboat; 20th probably not involved Eastport, AL 2
24-26 October 1864 Co. I in camp near Huntingdon, TN 5
26 October 1864 "The men of Bell's Brigade were given until the 26th to visit their homes and to secure outfits in clothing and mounts."   13
27 October 1864 Co. I marches, camps through Macedonia, TN; camp at Paris, TN 5
28 October 1864 Co. I marches, camps near mouth of Sandy River 5
  Bell's Brigade deployed to support artillery   3C
29 October 1864 Capture of transport Fort Heiman, TN 5
30 October 1864 "Captured two transports and one gun boat." Fort Heiman, TN 5
  Paris Landing, TN   4
31 October 1864 Co. I in camp Fort Heiman, TN 5
1 November 1864 Bell's Brigade in camp on Tennessee River, near Johnsonville 3D
  Co. I furloughed   5
3-5 Nov. 1864 Johnsonville, TN   4
5 November 1864 Co. I in camp Camden, TN 5
21-22 November 1864 While at home, Co. I assembles to repel Federals, but they have turned back   5
30 November 1864 Franklin, TN   4
3-5 December 1864 Co. I assembles near Mt. Pelia, TN   5
15-16 Dec. 1864 Nashville, TN   4
16-18 Dec. 1864 Regiment assembles near Milan, TN; begins to move south; however, portions appear to remain on leave through late December   5
29 December 1964 Forrest furlough's Bell's Brigade   13

1865

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Date Event Place Source
8 Jan 1865 Portions of Co. I assemble Poplar Grove, TN 18
27 Jan - 19 Feb 1865 Co. I in camp Verona, MS 18
31 Jan 1865 Co. I and four others consolidated Verona, MS 18
13 February 1865 Tennessee regiments transferred to WH Jackson's Division   8,18
17-20 Feb 1865 General Review of Troops Verona, MS 18
March 1865 Russell's 20th Cavalry consolidated with Newsom's 18th Regiment and other elements   4
21-26 Mar 1865 Co. E, 19/20th in camp West Point, MS 18
24 Mar 1865 Review West Point, MS 18
27 Mar 1865 March, cross Tombigbee River, camp 3 miles from Columbus, MS   18
28 Mar 1865 March, camp 2-3 miles from Pickensville, AL   18
29 Mar 1865 Camp Midway between Pickensville and Tuscaloosa, AL 18
30 Mar 1865 Camp Tuscaloosa, AL 18
2 Apr 1865 Bridge at Citronelle, AL burned; troops turn toward Marion   18
3-5 Apr 1865 Camp In or near Marion, AL 18
6 Apr 1865 Camp 1 mile out of Union Junction 18
19-20 Apr 1865 Camp on Warrior River 18
22 Apr 1865 Cross river on steamboat; camp Eutaw 18
25 Apr 1865 Camp 4 miles from Tombigbee, near Bragg Bluff 18
26 Apr 1865 Cross river   18
29 Apr - 1 May 1865 Camp near Sumterville 18
1 May 1865 Gen. Jackson addresses troops   18
8 May 1865 Surrender arms  
9 May 1865 Paroles Gainesville, AL 10
12 May 1865 Paroles Gainesville, AL 7A,7B

Sources

1. Compiled Service Records
2. Official Records
3. Southern Historical Society Papers
          A: 8: 40-41, 1880
          B: 36: 180-196, 1908
          C: 10: 260-268, 1882
          D: 10: 471-488, 1882
4. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Tennessee, 1992.
5. Holllis Diary, The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, 39: 83- 118, 1985
6. The Southern Bivouac, 1: 366-383, 1883.
7. The Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires
          A: Bondurant
          B: White
8. Tennesseans in the Civil War, Vol. I.
9. Goodspeed History of Tennessee
10. Military Annals of Tennessee
11. Willoughby, 1995
12. Culp and Ross, 1961
13. Mathes, 1904
14. Confederate Veteran 34: 135, 1926
15. Cimprich & Mainfort, 1982
16. Carter Diary
17. Crutchfield Letters
18. Bondurant Diary, Journal of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society
19. Henry, 1944.

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