Butler's Cavalry Brigade
SC Dismounted Battalion
Company B

In early July 1864, the men of Butler's Brigade who were without horses were sent to Stoney Creek, VA, and formed into a battalion of three companies, one for each regiment of the brigade (4th SC Cavalry into Company A, 5th SC Cavalry into Company B, and 6th SC Cavalry into Company C). These men fought with the brigade as dismounted troops until their horses were recuperated for active service, or they could procure new mounts. The strength and composition of the battalion fluctuated as men were able to rejoin their original companies, and newly dismounted men were assigned. The battalion was briefly commanded by B2LT John T. Foster of Co. B, and subsequently by CPT Alfred B. MULLIGAN of Co. B, and CPT John C. Edwards of Co. A. Since it was an informal organization, no muster rolls were kept, and no records of its service seem to have survived, other than the post-war recollections of PVT James G. Holmes, Co. F, 6th SC Cavalry, who served as the battalion's adjutant.

Names Rank Co Disposition
Bethune, John C. 1LT H Served 13 Oct-27 Oct 1864
Larisey, John Earle 1LT C Served 4 Nov 1864-?
Foster, John T. B2LT B Served a/o 31 Aug 1864-?
McCants, John B2LT G Served a/o 31 Oct 1864-?
Rice, M. J. B2LT I Served 31 Aug 1864-?
Dowling, William H. SGT/Actg. CPT B Served Jul-Aug 1864

Record of Events.

Late Jun 1864. Men with unfit horses sent to Dover's Mill on James River, 20 miles above Richmond, VA.

Late Jun 1864. Men with unfit horses sent to Dover's Mill on James River, 20 miles above Richmond, VA.

Early Jul 1864: Men and horses sent by railroad to Stoney Creek, 10 miles below Petersburg, VA.

23 Aug 1864. Company participates in engagement at Gravelly Run, VA.

29 Sep 1864. Company participates in engagement on north side of James River, VA.

27 Oct 1864. Company participates in engagement at Burgess' Mill, VA.

1 Dec 1864. Company participates in engagement at Stoney Creek, VA.

19 Jan 1865. Battalion disbanded and men ordered back to their companies in preparation for return to South Carolina.

17 Feb 1865. Battalion reorganized during evacuation of Columbia, SC, and sent to Charlotte, NC.

Early Mar 1865. Men remounted at Charlotte, NC. Battalion disbanded and men ordered back to their companies

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