8th Cavalry Regiment (Wades)
8th Cavalry Regiment [also called 2nd Mississippi
and Alabama Cavalry] was formed after the Battle of Shiloh by
consolidating six Alabama and four Mississippi cavalry companies.
The unit fought in Kentucky, then was assigned to W, B. Wade's,
Humes', W. W. Allen's, and R. H. Anderson's Brigade, Army of Tennessee.
It participated in the Battle of Murfreesboro, had many captured
at Shelbyville, and suffered heavy casualties at Chickamauga.
Later it took part in the capture of Stoneman and served as infantry
during the Atlanta Campaign. The regiment was with Wheeler in
his last raid as far as Saltville, Virginia, and ended the war
in North Carolina. On April 26, 1865, it surrendered, but a detachment
was paroled in Alabama during May. The field officers were Colonels
Joseph H. Field and William B. Wade, Lieutenant Colonels Jefferson
Falkner and John S. Prather, and Major John T. Wright.