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6th Ohio Independent Cavalry
|Sixth Independent Cavalry Company. — Capts., Jeptha
Garrard, George F. Dern; First Lieuts., James K. Wilson, Henry M.
Ensminger; Second Lieuts., Joseph C. Grannan, William V. Lawrence. This
company was recruited in the counties of Greene and Hamilton in Aug. and
Sept., 1861, and rendezvoused at Camp Dennison near Cincinnati. On Sept.
23 it was ordered to Washington, D. C, and after persistent effort by
the captain it was armed, equipped and splendidly mounted. Strict
discipline being maintained, the men made rapid progress in their new
profession. The company was finally attached to the 3d N. Y. cavalry as
Co. L, and on Jan. 9, 1862, joined the regiment at Camp Bates near
Poolesville. On March 1 the company crossed the Potomac river at
Harper's Ferry and moved to the outposts beyond Charlestown, Va.
Berryville was soon occupied and on the following morning the company
engaged in a skirmish with Ashby's cavalry driving them several miles.
It then marched to Winchester, where it made a successful dash at Ashby
and Stuart, returned to Harper's Ferry and on the day of the battle of
Winchester marched for Washington, D. C, remaining there until the
latter part of April when it moved to Alexandria preparatory to
embarking for North Carolina — arriving at New Berne on May 12. Until
Sept. 1 the company was occupied in scouting and in expeditions to the
interior, when it moved to Washington, N. C, to join the expedition to
the Roanoke in the direction of Hamilton. On Sept. 6 the expedition
moved, this company taking the advance, when a volley of musketry was
heard on the opposite side of the town. Capt. Garrard wheeled the
advance, dashed in the direction of the firing, and the Confederates
were completely routed with a heavy loss, the company having 10 men
wounded and 14 horses killed and disabled. In then proceeded to Plymouth
and 10 days later to New Berne. It was engaged in scouting and picket
duty until Dec. 11, when Gen. Foster moved from New Berne, intending to
penetrate if possible to Raleigh. During this movement the company acted
as provost guard of the army and shared in the battles of Kinston, White
Hall and Goldsboro bridge. In the siege of Washington, which immediately
followed the Confederate attack on New Berne, in March, 1863, the
company was kept continually on the scout. It shared in all the raids,
scouts, skirmishes and battles around Richmond in the spring of 1864,
losing heavily in killed, wounded and captured, and when the company's
time expired but very few were left to muster out. During its term of
service it furnished to the army 1 colonel, 1 major, 4 captains and 14
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2