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13th Illinois Cavalry
in the American Civil War
|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