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9th Michigan Cavalry
in the American Civil War

Regimental History
Ninth Michigan Cavalry. Cols., James I. David, George S. Acker; Lieut. -Cols., George S. Acker, William B. Way; Majs., Michael F. Gallagher, William B. Way, Solomon P. Brockway, Dewitt C. Smith, William C. Stevens. This regiment was organized at Coldwater and was mustered in May 19, 1863. It left the state by detachments on May 18, 20 and 25, being ordered to Covington. It participated in engagements at Triplett's bridge, Lebanon, Salvisa, Cummings' ferry, Buffington island, and Salineville. At Buffington island the 9th aided in the capture of 500 prisoners, 3 pieces of artillery and a large amount of small arms and equipment. A detachment of 60 men under Col. David took about 200 of the prisoners. The regiment was then ordered to Tennessee and was engaged at Loudon, Cumberland gap, Carter's station, Zollicoffer and Leesburg. At Cumberland gap it took the advance, burned a large mill, drove the enemy from their mountain stronghold, and assisted in the capture of 2,600 men and 13 pieces of artillery. It was then engaged at Blue Springs and Rheatown; scouted about Henderson during November; and in December was engaged at Knoxville, Morristown, Russellville, Bean's station, Rutledge, Dandridge, and Mossy creek. It moved from Dandridge Jan. 16, 1864, and was engaged at Kinsboro's cross-roads, Dandridge, Fair Garden, Sevierville and Strawberry plains. It encamped near Nicholasville, Ky., and was in several skirmishes during the early part of the year. In June it was engaged at Cynthiana, charging the enemy and taking 300 prisoners, 500 horses, a number of cattle and a large number of small arms, the enemy being routed and driven in large numbers into the Licking river. The regiment participated in the siege of Atlanta, Aug. 1 to Sept. 3, being on picket and train guard duty. It was engaged at Stone mountain and Decatur, and was on foraging expeditions during the month of October. It was engaged in numerous small skirmishes with guerrillas and bushwhackers, Lieut. Lockwood and 9 men being killed in an ambush. It was with Sherman's army before Atlanta in November, was engaged in several skirmishes, including one at Lovejoy's Station, and on the 17th made a forced march of 30 miles, capturing 30 prisoners. It was in a skirmish at Griswoldville, burning the town, arsenal, railroad depot and train, and capturing 75 prisoners. It was engaged at Macon, Milledgeville, Louisville, Waynesboro, Cypress swamp, Savannah, Arnold's plantation and Altamaha bridge. At Waynesboro it charged Wheeler's command, driving it from the field and capturing 100 prisoners, for which it received special notice. It was in camp at Savannah from Dec. 18, 1864 until Jan. 27, 1865, and then joined the Carolina campaign, being engaged at the Salkehatchie, White Pond, Aiken, Lexington, Broad river bridge and Phillips' cross- roads, where it fought the enemy for 3 hours. It burned the stables and a grist mill at Wadesboro after a skirmish ; was in a skirmish at Solemn grove; participated at Averasboro, driving the enemy before it; was then in constant skirmish, the battle of Bentonville, and in actions on the Raleigh & Smithfield railroad. It was in camp at Concord from May 14 until mustered out July 9, 1865. Its original strength was 1,073; gain, 984; total, 2,057. Loss by death, 181.

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

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