The Tennessee 2nd Cavalry Battalion (Biffle's) was organized July 10, 1861; mustered into Confederate service August 10, 1861; consolidated with 11th Battalion May, 1862 to form the 6th Cavalry Regiment, also called 1st or 2nd (Wheeler's) Cavalry Regiment.
In the latter part of September, 1862, the regiment assisted in the capture of a regiment of infantry at Burnsville, and also took part in the battle of Iuka, Miss., on the line of the Memphis and Charleston railroad, and marched in advance of the army from Kipley, Miss., to Corinth. It was with Gen. Price's division at the battle of Corinth on the 5th and 6th of October, 1S62; Maj.-gen. Earl Van Dorn being in command of the Confederate, and Gen. Rosecrans of the Federal army.
The regiment continued under Wheeler's command throughout the war, most often referred to as the Tennessee 6th Cavalry Regiment.
John B. Hamilton, Co. "A". Men from Maury County. Organized June 20, 1861. Probably became Company "E", 6th Regiment.
Jacob B. Biffle, James M. Mitchell, Co. "B" (also called "D"). Organized July 1, 1861 at Hampshire, with men from Wayne County. Became "G" (also called "K"), 6th Regiment.
Nichols N. Cox, James H. Lewis, Co. "C" (also called "E"). Organized July 9, 1861, with men from Perry and Hickman Counties. Became Company "I" (also called "K"), 6th Regiment. Samuel H. Jones, George M. V. Kinzer, Co. "D" (also called "C"). Organized June 4, 1861 at Columbia, Maury County. Became Company "A" (also called "B"), 6th Regiment.
Andrew J. Polk, Co. "E". "The Maury County Braves". Organized July 5, 1861. Became Company "F", 6th Regiment.
James M. Minnis (or Mennes), Co. "F". Organized September 27, 1861 at Bowing Green, Kentucky. Men from Sumner County. Became Company "B" (also called C"), 6th Regiment.
Vernon F. Bibb, Co. "G". Originally Company "C", 9th Battalion and only temporarily attached to this battalion.
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