Cages Battalion Volunteer Cavalry

[also called Milesí Legion Battalion Cavalry; 10th Battalion Cavalry; later part of 14th Confederate Regiment Cavalry]

Organization: Organized with three, formerly independent, companies in mid-May 1863. Became Companies E, D, and G, respectively, 14th Confederate Cavalry Regiment on September 14, 1863. However, these companies tended to serve separately from the rest of the regiment. [NOTE: See also Louisiana Milesí Legion Infantry Battalion; Louisiana Gibsonís Artillery Battery; and Louisiana 2nd Siege Artillery Battery.]

First Commander: John B. Cage, MAJ [acting]

Field Officer: James T. Coleman, MAJ

Assignments: Department #1 (May-Jun 62); Department of Southern Mississippi and East Louisiana (Jun-Jul 62); 1st Sub-district, District of the Mississippi, Department #2 (Jul-Oct 62); Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana (Oct 62); 3rd Military District, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana (Oct 62); Maxeyís Brigade, 3rd Military District, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana (Dec 62-Feb 63); Milesí Brigade, 3rd Military District, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana (Mar 63); Cavalry, 3rd District, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana (Mar-Sep 63); Loganís Cavalry Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana (Sep 63)

Battles: Bayou Manchac, Amite River [one company] (March 26, 1863); Port Hudson Siege (May-July 1863); Griersonís Raid (April 17-May 2, 1863); Pretty Creek [skirmish] (June 3, 1863); Jackson [skirmish] (August 3, 1863)

From Bergeron, La. Confed. Units, 65-6:

"This temporary organization consisted of three companies assigned at various times to Milesí Louisiana Legion and is sometimes called Milesí Legion Cavalry. The battalion is also referred to as the 10th Louisiana Cavalry Battalion, but probably erroneously. John B. Cage, the senior captain, assumed command of the battalion as acting major, probably at Clinton in mid-May, 1863. At that time, the battalion had about 250 men. The battalion operated under Colonel John L. Loganís command and harassed the rear outposts of General Nathaniel P. Banksís army as it laid siege to Port Hudson. On June 3, the men participated in a skirmish at Pretty Creek west of Clinton and helped defeat the enemy force commanded by Colonel Benjamin Grierson. After the surrender of Port Hudson, Loganís cavalry fell back to Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The battalion returned to eastern Louisiana and fought in a skirmish at Jackson on August 3. On September 14, 1863, the battalion was consolidated with six Mississippi companies and another Louisiana company to form the 14th Confederate Cavalry Regiment."

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