F. Cadet Troop
This Seventh was organized at Newbern, in Greene,
July 22, 1863, and was raised as part of the brigade of Gen. Clanton.
Ordered to Pollard, the regiment remained in that vicinity for
nearly a year. In the fall of 1864, the Seventh reported to Gen.
Forrest at Corinth, and was assigned to Rucker's brigade. It took
part in the raid on Johnsonville, and was engaged in the fighting
as Hood moved up to Nashville. The Seventh also bore the brunt
of the night attack of the enemy at Brentwood, suffering severely
in killed and wounded. During Hood's retreat, the regiment fought
daily and nightly, repelling the repeated assaults of the enemy's
swarm of cavalry. When the Seventh reached Corinth, only 64 rank
and file (effective) were left of the 350 with which it began
the campaign. After recruiting a few weeks, the regiment joined
Gen. Buford, at Montevallo, 300 strong. Ordered to west Florida,
the Seventh reached Greenville, then turned and confronted Wilson's
corps from Benton to Girard, fighting and obstructing his march.
At Girard the regiment was in the line, and took part in the last
fighting of the great war. It moved by way of Dadeville and Wetumpka,
and surrendered at Gainesville, May 14, 1865.
7th Cavalry Regiment was formed at Newborn, Alabama,
during July, 1863, with companies were raised in the counties
of Randolph, Shelby, Greene, Pickens, and Montgomery. For a year
the unit served in the Pollard area assigned to General Clanton's
Brigade. In July, 1864, it contained 451 men, but was not serving
as one command; two companies were with General Page, and eight
rode with Colonel I.W. Patton. The 7th was later attached to B.M.
Thomas', W.W. Allen's, and Bell's Brigade. It took part in the
raid on Johnsonville and was engaged in the fighting as Hood moved
toward Nashville. In April, 1865, it had less than 300 effectives
and half that number surrendered at Gainesville, Alabama, in May.
The field officers were Colonel Joseph Hodgson, and Lieutenant
Colonels Turner Clanton, Jr., Henry J. Livingston, and F.C. Randolph.