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McLaughlin's Cavalry Squadron

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McLaughlin's Cavalry Squadron Soldier Roster - Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Volume 11, by Ohio Roster Commission (Joseph B. Foraker, Governor, James S. Robinson, Sec'y of State and H. A. Axline, Adjutant-General), 1886     View Entire Book

Regimental History
McLaughlin's Cavalry Squadron, Majs., William McLaughlin, Gaylord McFall, Richard Rice. In Oct., 1861, the governor of Ohio requested the war department permission for Maj. McLaughlin, of Mansfield, to raise a force of cavalry. Said permission was granted and a special order was issued to William McLaughlin to raise an independent command, to be named McLaughlin Squadron. This squadron was organized and mustered in at Mansfield, in Nov. and Dec, 1861, to serve for three years. It left Mansfield for the field and was sent to eastern Kentucky to look after Humphrey Marshall's Confederate command, then near Paintville. It operated with the command of Col. Garfield of the 43d Ohio infantry and was with that command at the battle of Middle creek. During the siege of Knoxville it performed escort and picket duty, with occasional skirmishes with the enemy, until Jan. 10, 1864, when most of the men reenlisted and returned to Ohio to enjoy their veteran furlough of 30 days. Moving through Kentucky and Tennessee, the squadron then joined Gen. Sherman's forces at Big Shanty, Ga., and formed a part of Gen. Stoneman's command in his raid to Macon, in which it suffered severely in killed, wounded and missing. Col. Israel Garrard of the 7th Ohio cavalry having superseded Stoneman, the squadron marched in company with his command and operated in Sherman's flanking movements toward Atlanta. Thence it went with the Federal forces to the sea, through North and South Carolina, participating in the fight at Bentonville and the brisk skirmishes at Blackville and other points on the march up to Raleigh, N. C. It was then sent to Lexington and Concord, N. C, returning to Raleigh in July, 1865, at which time and place it was consolidated with the 5th Ohio cavalry.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 2

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