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13th Illinois Cavalry
in the American Civil War

Regimental History
Thirteenth Cavalry. - Col., Joseph W. Bell; Lieut. -Col., Theobald Hartman; Majs., Latham Lippert, Charles A. Bell. This regiment was organized at Camp Douglas in Dec, 1861. It moved to Benton barracks, Mo., where it was armed and equipped, then with Gen. Curtis through Arkansas, taking part in the skirmishes of the campaign to Helena. It returned to Missouri in the fall of 1862 and was engaged with Gen. Davidson in the campaign of southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas, driving Marmaduke and his command from the state. In July, 1863, it moved with Gen. Davidson's cavalry division into Arkansas, taking part in the battles of Brownsville, Bayou Meto and Austin in August, and again at Bayou Meto in September. It was the first regiment to enter Little Rock on its capture and was engaged in the pursuit of Price to Red river. In the spring of 1864 it accompanied Gen. Steele in the expedition to Camden, taking prominent parts in the actions at Arkadelphia, Okolona, Little Missouri river, Prairie d'Ane, Camden and Jenkins' ferry. After returning to Little Rock it was engaged in many raids and scouts and in skirmishing with the forces of Shelby and Marmaduke, defeating them at Clarendon and Pine Bluff. The remainder of its term of service was devoted to scouting and picketing. It was mustered out on Aug. 31, 1865, receiving its final pay and discharge at Springfield, Ill., Sept. 13.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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