Montgomery’s Independent Company of Scouts

(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’)

[Note: This company does not seem to have been associated with either of two other units: 1st Battalion Mississippi State Troops Cavalry (Montgomery’s), or the 2nd Battalion Mississippi State Troops Cavalry (Montgomery’s) [aka Montgomery’s Battalion], for which see separate histories. However, as the records concerning these three commands are confusing, the reader is advised to exercise caution when making assumptions about these commands.]

Montgomery's Scouts, enlisted in Hinds County November r, 1864. Captain -- William Alexander Montgomery. Lieutenants -- E. C. Montgomery, W. H. Irish, J. H. Ellis.

Total roll 83, including 3 killed; roll 31. January, 1865.

Took position on line of Big Black November 5, 1864. Twenty-five of the company in skirmish near Yazoo City, December 1, had three wounded, captured Lieutenant Woodward and 16 men, Second Wisconsin Cavalry. In January ordered to scout around Natchez, being relieved on the Big Black line by Captain Wilkinson, Moorman's Battalion.

September [December?] 5 General Maury asked Governor Clark, at Meridian, to send Montgomery's company of unattached cavalry as scouts with Chandler's Regiment to Bucatunna, to guard the railroad.

Colonel Griffith, commanding Mabry's Brigade, reported that Bradford's scouts and the independent company of scouts under Capt. Will Montgomery, fought on his skirmish line in the battle of Concord Church, near Yazoo City, December 1, 1864, and he awarded them "the highest praise.”

Discharged from service March 13, 1865.