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Does anyone know if Thompson's Kentucky Cavalry Company (Bowen's Brigade), present at the Battle of Shiloh?  In addition,  were the Prattville Dragoons and Mathews Rangers (Gibson's brigade) present?  If so, were they actually a part of the Jenkins Alabama Battalion (cavalry under Ruggles division of the 2nd Corps)?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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So, yes, the Prattville Dragoons and Mathews Rangers were at Shiloh as part of Jenkins' 1st Alabama Cavalry Battalion.  It sounds like Jenkins himself, and the men he had under him, never fired a shot nor saw any action.  Jenkins states that he didn't fire a shot on the 6th, and nothing much to report on the 7th.  Ironic in such a heavy battle, particularly given the fact that the Confederates were outnumbered on the 2nd day, that Jenkins, and potentially other soldiers, never even fired a shot either day, even though some of his men were sent back to the rear to escort prisoners.

Mathews Rangers must have been on the end of the column when the Texas Rangers attacked at Cavalry field, with the attack being repulsed before the Alabamians even got into the fight, 

It seems that only a few Confederate cavalry organizations actually functioned at Shiloh as a cohesive unit.  Many cavalry units were farmed out as couriers and etc.  Brewer's Alabama cavalry did charge and fight Birge's Western Sharpshooters in Glover's field at Shiloh (Birge's Sharpshooters aka 14th Missouri Infantry aka 66st Illinois Infantry)

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3 hours ago, Dick Whitaker said:

Holy moley, I was not expecting all that!   Much appreciated!

A simple google search can be more amazing than you realize, that is to say, a simple google books search can be more amazing.  It was good stuff to read, it was stuff that I did not know.  All in the OR's.  I need to just buy the Official Records for Shiloh, I think it is just two books, there is no way I could ever buy the entire series of the ORs!

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1 hour ago, mona said:

a rare report...no casulities.

 

Mona, you are right, very weird.  And if the Confederates were so hard pressed on the 2nd day, you would not have soldiers or cavalrymen coming out of the fight never having fired a shot.  Very odd to read that; the fact that they didn't do much, if any, shooting.

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17 hours ago, Stan Hutson said:

A simple google search can be more amazing than you realize, that is to say, a simple google books search can be more amazing.  It was good stuff to read, it was stuff that I did not know.  All in the OR's.  I need to just buy the Official Records for Shiloh, I think it is just two books, there is no way I could ever buy the entire series of the ORs!

yes Shiloh is 2 volumes..I ordered it and got 1 shiloh and 1 atlanta campaign(was invoiced the 2 Shiloh ones but)  I just have horrible luck purchasing anything from internet.

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17 hours ago, Stan Hutson said:

Mona, you are right, very weird.  And if the Confederates were so hard pressed on the 2nd day, you would not have soldiers or cavalrymen coming out of the fight never having fired a shot.  Very odd to read that; the fact that they didn't do much, if any, shooting.

Absolutely..from the desperation they were experiencing with loss of manpower and ammunition you would have beleived that every weapon and man would be used and even arm the horses if they could have.

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I don't know if the park sells the Shiloh OR's.......I don't think they do, but again not sure.  May try to order them online.  And yes, very odd if the Confederates were in such bad shape that every man wasn't fighting.  Then again, I guess the cavalrymen were busy, to say the least, delivering orders to the various commands on the 2nd day, and making sure everyone retired from the field.

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"I don't know if the park sells the Shiloh OR's" The Shiloh bookstore will order just about anything in print that you wish. Very friendly and helpful people there.

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