Forrest’s Battalion State Troops Cavalry, aka 6th Battalion State Troops Cavalry

(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’)

“Sixth Battalion Mississippi State troops, Capt. A.H. Forrest, near Carrollton, 150 men.” General Chalmers’ report at the time of the Federal raid to Grenada, August, 1863.

Capt. Forrest was captain of the Sunflower Rangers independent cavalry company. Other companies constituting this battalion have not been identified.

One extract from the Official Records of the War of Northern Aggression:

Grenada, July 18, 1863.

Capt. A. H. FORREST, Comdg. Battalion, Carrollton, Miss.:

CAPTAIN: The brigadier-general commanding directs me to say, in reply to your note of yesterday, that you will send a detachment to burn the steamboats Hope, Hartford City, Cotton Plant, and any others <ar38_1017> that may be in the Tallahatchee and Yazoo Rivers. You will also send out detachments southwest and east of you, with orders to burn all cotton, whether belonging to the Government or individuals, leaving the owners only sufficient for the use of their own families. They will commence by burning that nearest the enemy. The enemy are reported to be within 7 miles of Vaughan's Station, and advancing in this direction. You will throw out scouts to observe their movements, and will report them promptly to these headquarters. It is desired that only such cattle as are suitable for beef should be driven out of the bottom.

Your obedient servant,


Assistant Adjutant-General.”