2nd Regiment Cavalry

Organized as 8th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry December 23, 1861. (For history to December, 1863, see 8th New Hampshire Infantry.) Designation changed to 2nd Cavalry December, 1863. Attached to 4th Brigade, Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1864. Defenses of New Orleans, Dept. of the Gulf, to September, 1864. District of Natchez, Dept. of Mississippi, to January, 1865. District of Vidalia, Dept. of Mississippi, to March, 1865. Post of Natchez, Dept. of Mississippi, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.--Duty at Franklin, La., January, 1864. Reenlisted January 4, 1864. Ordered to New Orleans, La., and duty there March. Red River Campaign March 10-May 22. Advance from Franklin to Alexandria March 14-26. Action at Natchitoches March 31. Crump's Hill April 2. Wilson's Farm April 7. Bayou de Paul Carroll's Mill April 8. Battle of Pleasant Hill April 9. Natchitoches April 19 and 22. Monett's Bluff and Cane River Crossing April 23, Retreat to Alexandria April 24-30. Alexandria May 1-8. Retreat to Morganza May 10-20. Mansura May 16. Near Moreauville May 17. Yellow Bayou May 18. Expedition from Morganza to the Atchafalaya May 30-June 6. Ordered to New Orleans, La., July 11. Veterans absent on furlough July 11 to August 31. Non-Veterans on duty at Camp Parapet. Regiment ordered to Natchez, Miss., September, and duty there January 9, 1865. Operating against guerrillas, picket and garrison duty. Non-Veterans ordered home December 23, 1864, and mustered out January 18, 1865. Veterans consolidated to a Battalion of 3 Companies and ordered to Vidalia. Garrison, guard and patrol duty there March 6, 1865. Provost duty at Natchez October. Ordered to Vicksburg, Miss., and there mustered out October 29, 1865. Moved to Concord, N.H., October 29-November 6, and discharged November 9, 1865.

For losses see 8th New Hampshire Infantry.

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