3rd Battalion Mississippi State Cavalry Reserves (Peytons/Coopers),
aka Peytons Battalion Cavalry
(from Dunbar Rowlands "Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898"; company listing courtesy of H. Grady Howells "For Dixie Land, Ill Take My Stand)
Company A -- Pierces Company (raised in Lawrence County, MS)
Company A [sic] -- Coopers Company, aka Clark Rebels (raised in Rankin & Simpson Counties, MS)
Littles Company (raised in Copiah County, MS) [no company letter designation]
Yergers Company (raised in Copiah County, MS) [no company letter designation]
Major -- E.A. Peyton. Adjutant -- A.B. Watts.
Note regarding Coopers Company, aka Clark Rebels: Enrolled, 56; all but two exempt by age. "This company was raised by Captain Cooper and with three others formed a battalion of four companies, commanded by Major D. G. Cooper, for the last year and a half of the war for Southern independence. When Captain Cooper was promoted, Lieut. R. H. Cooper succeeded to command of this company (A), Third Mississippi Battalion, on duty on the Big Black. Major Cooper entered the service as a private in Bob Smith's company from Jackson and went to Florida, obtained authority to raise a company, joined the Sixth Regiment, served two years, was appointed Adjutant-General on staff of General Lovell, commanding post at Brandon, and when relieved raised this company and was put in command of Third Mississippi Battalion." (Note on roll). Also noted on roll, "was formerly commanded by Peyton, latterly by Cooper."
August 1, 1864, Cavalry Battalion State troops, Maj. E. A. Peyton attached to Wood's Brigade, Wirt Adams' Cavalry. Also called Mississippi Reserves.
They were enlisted for two years of the war. Discharged March 15, 1865.
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