Shelby's Iron Brigade
The Brigade's History
Shelby's Iron Brigade was originally formed, in 1863, under orders, from Major General Thomas C. Hindman, following a successful recruiting expedition, into Missouri, by Joseph O. Shelby, Upton Hays and John T. Coffee; who each recruited, a regiment of cavalry. These new regiments - Shelby's 5th, Hays's 11th and Coffee's 6th (redesignated as 12th), were brigaded, under the command of Colonel Shelby.
Shelby's Iron Brigade, based themselves in Arkansas, participated in four major raids, into Missouri, during the war, earning a reputation, as the most formidable brigade in the theater.
Shelby was promoted to Brigadier General, following his successful raid of 1863. When Shelby later assumed division command, he was replaced by M. Jeff Thompson. The brigade remained in Shelby's Division in the Army of Missouri and fought in Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's Missouri Expedition in 1864—saving Price's army, from destruction several times, including the retreat at the Battle of Marmiton River.
In the autumn of 1864, some 1,500 of Shelby’s Iron Brigade cavalry surrounded Sedalia, Missouri, and overpowered local Union militia defenders. They began to loot and sack the town, on October 15, 1864. Once General Thompson arrived in Sedalia, he ordered his men to stop the destruction, and moved them on, leaving Sedalia once again in Union hands.
Later, the Missouri Iron Brigade distinguished themselves, at the 1864 battles of Little Blue River and Westport, and captured many towns, from their Union garrisons, including Potosi, Boonville, Waverly, Stockton, Lexington, and California, Missouri.
Shelby's Raid (1863)
Price's Raid (1864)
Battle of Marmiton River (1864)
Sedalia Raid (1864)
Battle of Little Blue River (1864)
Battle of Westport (1864)
Brigadier General Von Darabos
Chief of Staff Grizzly
Staff Major Crane
Staff Captain Spartan
5th Texas Infantry(The Bloody Fifth)
During the winter of 1861 - 1862 The 5th Texas had been camped across the Potomac River from the 5th New York Infantry, "Duryee's Zouaves" and had traded insults and threats across the ice, offering to take the measure of the other when they met in battle. At Second Manassas (Second Bull Run) the Texans were able to settle accounts. After the Brigade drove off the 10th New York, deployed as skirmishers, driving them through the 5th New York, The 5th Texas emerged from the woods and found themselves facing the 5th New York, which was across a creek and on higher ground. The 5th New York's first volley was high, and The 5th Texas' was not. The Texans went sent into the New Yorkers and destroyed it as a unit, as one report put it. There were not 50 unwounded men in the (New York) Regiment. Flushed with success, The 5th Texas continued to advance, tearing through the disintegrating Federal flank, out distantcing not only the rest of the Brigade, but the rest of the main army. In his official report Hood said that the 5th Texas had "slipped the bridle" and earned themselves the name "The Bloody Fifth"
Total Man Power is 19
31st Louisiana Infantry
The Louisiana 31st Infantry Regiment [including Morrison's 6th Louisiana Infantry Battalion] was organized at Vicksburg, Mississippi, during the early summer of 1862. Assigned to General Baldwin's Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, the unit lost 9 killed and 16 wounded at Chickasaw Bluff and was captured defending Vicksburg . After being exchanged, it was placed in A. Thomas' Brigade, Trans-Mississippi Department, and fought in various conflicts in Louisiana. During the spring of 1865 it disbanded.
Total Man Power is 17
32nd Virginia Skirmishers
The 32nd Virginia was formed in May, 1861, by consolidating Montague's and Goggin's Infantry Battalions. Its members were from Hampton and Williamsburg and the counties of Warwick, James City, and York. Three companies were accepted into service as artillery and were transferred to the 1st Virginia Artillery.
After its reorganization in May, 1862, the unit operated with only seven companies. At the Battle of Williamsburg two companies fought under General Pryor, then the regiment was attached to General Semmes' and Corse's Brigade. It participated in many conflicts from the Seven Days' Battles to Fredericksburg, moved with Longstreet to Suffolk, and later served in the Department of Richmond and in North Carolina. Returning to Virginia it was active at Drewry's Bluff and Cold Harbor, took its place in the Petersburg trenches north and south of the James River, they saw action on the Chickahominy (May 1864), at Cold Harbor (June), on the Petersburg Campaign (to April 1865), and ended the war at Appomattox.
Total Man Power is 13
10th Texas Infantry
The 10th Texas Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Waco, Texas, during the winter of 1861-1862 under the command of Colonel Allison Nelson. Many of its members were from the towns of Houston and Tyler, and Grimes, Freestone, San Augustine, and Washington counties. The regiment suffered heavy casualties throughout the war including many of its commanding officers. The original commander Colonel Allison Nelson, had just been promoted to Brigadier General in September 1862 when he was stricken with typhoid, or "camp fever" and died near Austin, Arkansas, on October 7, 1862.
Total Man power is 21
6th South Carolina Cavalry(Dixie Rangers)
HistoryThis unit was originally called the 16th Battalion South Carolina Partisan Rangers - Aiken's Regiment, the 1st Reg. South Carolina Partisan Rangers, and Aiken's 1st Regiment South Carolina Partisan Rangers. It was a part of the state militia troops. The men were formally mustered into Confederate service as the 16th Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry on July 23, 1862. The 6th South Carolina Cavalry was then organized in January 1863, using the 16th Battalion as its nucleus.
Total Man power is 4
17th Alabama Infantry
This regiment was organized at Montgomery in August 1861. In November it moved to Pensacola, and was present at the bombardment in that month, and in January after. In March 1862 the regiment was sent to west Tennessee. Brigaded under J.K. Jackson of Georgia - with the Eighteenth, Twenty-first, and Twenty-fourth Alabama regiments - the regiment fought at Shiloh, and lost 125 killed and wounded. A month after, it was in the fight at Farmington with few casualties. In the autumn, when Gen. Bragg moved into Kentucky, the Seventeenth, much depleted by sickness, was left at Mobile. It was there drilled as heavy artillery, and had charge of eight batteries on the shore of the bay. It remained at that post till March 1864, when it was ordered to Rome, Ga. The brigade consisted of the Seventeenth and Twenty-ninth Alabama, and the First and Twenty-sixth Alabama, and Thirty-sixth Alabama, and Thirty-seventh Mississippi, were soon after added, the command devolving at different times on Gen. Cantey of Russell, Col. Murphey of Montgomery, Col. O'Neal of Lauderdale, and Gen. Shelley of Talladega. It was engaged at the Oostenaula bridge, and in the three days' battle of Resaca, with severe loss. The Seventeenth had its full share of the trials and hardships of the campaign from Dalton to Jonesboro, fighting almost daily, especially at Cassville, New Hope, Kennesa, Lost Mountain, and Atlanta. In the battle of Peach-tree Creek it lost 130 killed and wounded, and on the 28th of July 180 killed and wounded. The entire loss from the Resaca to Lovejoy's Station was 586, but few of whom were captured. The regiment moved into Tennessee with Gen. Hood, and lost at least two-thirds of its forces engaged at Franklin; and a number of the remainder were captured at Nashville. A remnant moved into North Carolina, and a part fought at Bentonville. It was then consolidated with the Twenty-ninth and Thirty-third Alabama regiments, with E.P. Holcombe of Lowndes as colonel, J.F. Tate of Russell lieutenant colonel, and Willis J. Milner of Butler major.
Total Man Power is 8
The Total Man power of the Brigade is 82
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