Breckinridge’s Escort Cavalry,

aka Breckinridge Guards, aka Capt. Buck’s Company, and aka Capt. Foules’ Company


(from Dunbar Rowland’s “Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898”; company listing courtesy of H. Grady Howell’s “For Dixie Land, I’ll Take My Stand’)



Capt. James H. Buck’s Cavalry Company (county of origin not stated)



Captains -- E. M. Blackburn, resigned April, 1863; H. L. Foules, died at Atlanta June 17, 1864; James H. Buck. First Lieutenants -- H. L. Foules, promoted; James H. Buck, promoted; John W. Henderson. Second Lieutenants -- James H. Buck, promoted; John W. Henderson, promoted; Aaron Stanton. Third Lieutenants -- John W. Henderson, promoted; Aaron Stanton, promoted; A. H. Peale, captured.

Total roll, 115.

This company was mustered in July 24, 1862, and its first service in the field was with Gen. John C. Breckenridge in Eastern Louisiana. It was ordered to report at headquarters for escort duty, August 18, 1862, and accompanied Breckenridge to Tennessee.

General Breckenridge wrote in his report of the battle of Murfreesboro, December 31 to January 2, 1863: "Capt. E. M. Blackburn, commanding my escort, ever cool and vigilant, rendered essential service and made several bold reconnaissances. Charles Chotard, of the escort, acting as my orderly on Wednesday, displayed much gallantry and intelligence. Aggregate present and absent, February, 1863, 71.

Later known as Foules' company. Escort company with Maj.-Gen. A. P. Stewart, July, 1863, Capt. H. L. Foules, commanding. Of their conduct at the battle of Chickamauga, September 19-20, 1863, General Stewart wrote: "My thanks are due to Capt. H. L. Foules, commanding my escort, who acted as aide, and to the officers and men of his admirable company, for their intelligence, activity and zeal. I have never required a service from the company, nor from any member of it, that was not performed to my entire satisfaction."

April, 1864, Captain Foules commanding; June, 1864, Lieut. James H. Buck commanding, escort for Maj .-Gen. Bates, in Atlanta campaign; August, 1864, escort for Maj.-Gen. Brown, successor of Bates.

The company served in all the battles of the Army of Tennessee, including those of the Georgia campaign, Franklin, Murfreesboro, and Nashville, Tenn., and Bentonville, N.C.