Second Minnesota Cavalry. — Col., Robert N. McLaren; Lieut. -Col.
William Pfaender; Majs., Ebenezer A. Rice, John M. Thompson, Robert H.
Rose. This regiment was organized during the fall and winter of 1863 and
was mustered in during Jan., 1864. It was engaged in garrison duty, with
occasional expeditions in pursuit of wandering bands of Indians until
late in May, when it left Fort Snelling for the campaign against the
savages. The 8th Minn. infantry, eight companies of the 2nd cavalry,
Brackett's cavalry battalion and Jones' infantry, formed the 2nd brigade
of Sully's division, under command of Col. Minor T. Thomas these troops
left Fort Ridgely June 5, 1864, and effected a junction with the 1st
brigade at Fort Sully on the Missouri July 1. The Indians were driven
from their camp on Cannon Ball river and followed to the Little Heart
river. The regiment participated and did effective work in the battle of
Tahkahokuty mountain, where 5,000 Indians were strongly posted in the
hills and ravines. Two men of Co. D were killed the following night,
while on picket, Co. D and part of Co. A being detailed for that duty.
It was in the two days' engagement in early August, known as the battle
of the Little Missouri, reached the Yellowstone on Aug. 13. On the
return trip it had several slight encounters with the enemy. A
detachment accompanied the expedition for the relief of Capt. Fisk and a
party of 50 cavalrymen, who were escorting an emigrant train west. The
regiment reached Fort Ridgely Oct. 8 and the several companies were on
garrison and patrol duty at Forts Wadsworth, Abercrombie, Ripley and
Ridgely, and smaller posts. They were mustered out as fast as regulars
could take their places in the fall of 1865, except Co. A, which was
mustered out April 2, and L mustered out May 4, 1866.