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5th Ohio Independent Cavalry
|Fifth Independent Cavalry Company. — Capt., James L.
Foley; First Lieut., Joseph M. Kennedy ; Second Lieut., Isaac B. McLinn.
This company was organized at Cincinnati and was composed principally of
residents of that city. It was one of the four companies that formed the
organization known as Gen. Fremont's body-guard, commanded by Maj.
Charles Zagonyi. Three companies of the guard, numbering 150 men,
attacked a force of 1,900 organized men in open daylight at Springfield,
Mo., Oct. 25, 1861, and put them to flight. While moving down a lane and
before taking down a fence and forming for the charge, the guards
received a heavy cross-fire, from which 40 men were thrown down and
disabled by being hit themselves or having their horses shot, so that
not more than 110 were engaged in the real attack. The loss of the
guards in this action, the only one in which they were engaged, was 15
killed, 27 wounded and 10 captured, 4 of the killed and 13 of the
wounded being members of this company. The captured men were soon
afterward exchanged. The Confederate loss was heavy, being given by
Reid, in his "Ohio in the War," as 107 killed and 30 captured.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2