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Muster In: Organized by the consolidation of the 14th and 17th South Carolina Cavalry Battalions and two independent companies on January 18, 1863.1
Muster Out: April 26, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel Zimmerman Davis
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Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Jeffords
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Major Joseph H. Morgan
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Captain A. B. Mulligan
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Captain Augustus H. Caughman
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Commander 6
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Butler’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander: Captain A. B. Mulligan4
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Butler’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army5

  • Commander:
    • Captain A. B. Mulligan (at least through June 29, 1864)6
    • Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Jeffords7
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Butler’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army8

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Jeffords9
    • Captain A. B. Mulligan (as of July 10, 1864)10
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Dunovant’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army11

  • Commander:
    • Major Joseph H. Morgan (wounded at some point in August 1864)12
    • Captain A. B. Mulligan (after Morgan was wounded)13
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Dunovant’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army14,15

  • Commander:
    • ? (September 1-24, 1864) 16
    • Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Jeffords (returned September 24, 1864)17
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Dunovant’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army18

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Jeffords (at least October 27, 1864)(killed October 27, 1864)19,20,21
    • Captain Augustus H. Caughman22
    • Captain (Colonel) Zimmerman Davis (at least October 28, 1864)(appointed Colonel to rank from the date of Jefford’s death on October 27, 1864.  Not sure on the actual date this happened.)23,24
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Dunovant’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army25,26

  • Commander: Colonel Zimmerman Davis (November & December 1864)27,28
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Dunovant’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army29

  • Commander:
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  • Note: Butler’s Division was ordered to South Carolina on January 19, 1865.30,31

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer at the Siege of Petersburg.32

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles33:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Vaughan Road ((October 1, 1864)
  • Burgess’ Mill (October 27, 1864)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 43-45
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 43-45
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 123
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 123
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 123
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
    13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
    15. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1310.
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    19. A Cavalry Chronicle.” Anderson (SC) Intelligencer. June 8, 1882, p. 1 col. 1-3: “During the afternoon(of October 27, 1864) Gen. Butler sent me (though placed in command of my regiment the next day, I was on this day, and had been for several months, serving on the brigade staff as acting adjutant and inspector-general,) to the line of battle to direct Lieut-Col. Jeffords to charge the enemy as soon as he heard firing from Gen. W. H. F. Lee on the enemy’s left flank, and upon riding forward I met the lifeless body of Col. Jeffords being borne to the rear, he having been shot through the head and instantly killed.”
    20. War History.” Anderson (SC) Intelligencer. September 15, 1897, p. 1 col. 3-9: “At the signal I was sent by Gen. Butler to tell the gallant Col. Jeffords to move forward the entire line.  As soon as Col. Jeffords gave the command to forward he was shot down and died instantly.  His remains now rest in Magnolia Cemetery, at Charleston, S. C.”
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    23. A Cavalry Chronicle.” Anderson (SC) Intelligencer. June 8, 1882, p. 1 col. 1-3: “During the afternoon(of October 27, 1864) Gen. Butler sent me (though placed in command of my regiment the next day, I was on this day, and had been for several months, serving on the brigade staff as acting adjutant and inspector-general,) to the line of battle to direct Lieut-Col. Jeffords to charge the enemy as soon as he heard firing from Gen. W. H. F. Lee on the enemy’s left flank, and upon riding forward I met the lifeless body of Col. Jeffords being borne to the rear, he having been shot through the head and instantly killed.”
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 159
    26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 159
    28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
    30. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 1101
    31. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 43-45: Further research is needed.
    32. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 43-45
    33. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 43-45

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