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COMMAND STRUCTURE AND ASSIGNMENTS OF THE FIRST FLORIDA CAVALRY REGIMENT (DISMOUNTED)

Please note that GEN Cheatham is shown as a LTG on 20 November 1864 and later as a MG (one rank lower) on 10 December 1864. The reason is that for the next three years he commanded his division in Polk's Corps and was promoted to MG on 10 March 1862. During the Franklin-Nashville Campaign he succeeded GEN Hardee as Corps Commander and is incorrectly listed in the B&L order of battle as LTG. He was never reduced in grade and researchers argue over whether or not he ever was a LTG. This has always caused confusion among historians and is a well-known anomaly among Civil War historians. Cheatham's Corps was also known as I-Corps, Polk's Corps, and Hardee's Corps before it became Cheatham's Corps. After the war Cheatham became a farmer.


Abstract monthly report dated January 1862 Department East Florida, 1st Florida Cavalry

           35 officers
           761 men
           Aggregate present 827
           Aggregate present and absent 867 personnel


30 June 1862

           Dept Of East Tennessee............MG Kirby Smith
           Post of Chattanooga...............BG D. Leadbetter
           46th Alabama Infantry.............COL M.L. Woods
           1st Florida Cavalry...............COL W.G.M. Davis
           7th Florida Infantry..............COL M.S. Perry
           56th Georgia Infantry.............COL E.P. Watkins
           59th (34th) Georgia Infantry......COL J.A.W. Johnson
           Holmes' Company...................CPT J.R. Holmes
           Jackson's Artillery...............CPT George H. Dure
           Lookout Artillery.................CPT R.L. Barry
           Leutz's Cavalry...................CPT B.W. Leutz
           Sappers and Miners................CPT G.R. Margrave


3 July 1862

           Dept Of East Tennessee............MG Kirby Smith
           1st Division......................BG C.L. Stevenson
           2nd Division......................BG Henry Heth 
           1st Brigade.......................BG D. Leadbetter
           2nd Brigade.......................COL W.G.M. Davis
           6th Florida Infantry..............COL J.J. Finley
           7th Florida Infantry..............COL M.S. Perry
           1st Florida Cavalry...............COL W.G.M. Davis
           Marion Artillery..................CPT J.M. Martin


CSA FORCES AT CHICKAMAUGA, GEORGIA 19-20 September 1863

           Dept of East Tennesee.............GEN Braxton Bragg
           Buckner's Corps...................MG Simon B. Buckner
           Preston's Division................BG William Preston
           Trigg's Brigade...................COL Robert C. Trigg
           1st Florida Cavalry*..............COL George T. Maxwell
           
           (*Supported Gracie's Brigade at Snodgrass Hill)


31 October 1863

           Army Of Tennessee.................GEN Braxton Bragg
           Cheatham's Corps..................MG Benjamin F. Cheatham
           Buckner's Division................MG Simon B. Buckner
           Trigg's Brigade...................COL Robert C. Trigg
           1st Florida Cavalry...............COL George T. Maxwell


FLORIDA BRIGADE ORGANIZED 12 NOVEMBER 1863 MISSIONARY RIDGE

           Army Of Tennesee..................GEN Braxton Bragg
           Breckenridge's Division...........BG William B. Bate
           Finley's Brigade..................COL J.J. Finley
           1st Florida Cavalry...............COL George T. Maxwell


20 November 1863

           Army Of Tennessee.................GEN Braxton Bragg
           Breckenridge's Corps..............MG John C. Breckenridge
           Breckenridge's Division...........BG William B. Bate
           Florida Brigade...................COL J.J. Finley
           1st Florida Infantry..............CPT W.T. Saxon
           3rd Florida Infantry..............CPT W.T. Saxon
           4th Florida Infantry..............LTC Edward Badger
           6th Florida Infantry..............COL J.J. Finley
           7th Florida Infantry..............LTC Tillman Ingram
           1st Florida Cavalry...............COL George T. Maxwell


10 December 1863

           Army Of Tennessee.................LTG William J. Hardee
           Breckenridge's Corps..............MG John C. Breckenridge
           Breckenridge's Division*..........BG William B. Bate
           Finley's Brigade..................COL J.J. Finley
           1st Florida Cavalry...............LTC Elisha Mashburn
           3rd Florida Infantry..............LTC Elisha Mashburn

           (*Later Bate's Division)


14 December 1863

Unit strength for 1st Florida Cavalry and 3rd Florida Infantry in reference to official records
199 effective 240 present 119 arms 40 rounds per man 1,038 aggregate present and absent


20 January 1864

           Army Of Tennessee.................GEN Joseph E. Johnston
           Hindman's Corps...................MG Thomas C. Hindman
           Breckenridge's Division...........BG William B. Bate
           Finley's Florida Brigade..........COL J.J. Finley
           1st Florida Cavalry...............MAJ Glover Ball
           3rd Florida Infantry..............MAJ Glover Ball


ATLANTA CAMPAIGN 3 May to 8 September 1864

           Army Of Tennessee.................GEN Joseph E. Johnston/GEN John B. Hood
           Hardee's Corps....................LTG William J. Hardee/LTG Cleburne
           Bate's Division...................MG William B. Bate/MG John C. Brown
           Finley's Florida Brigade..........BG J.J. Finley
           1st Florida Cavalry...............CPT Matthew Strain/LTC Badger/MAJ Jacob A. Lash
           3rd Florida Infantry..............CPT Matthew Strain/LTC Badger/MAJ Jacob A. Lash
           4th Florida Infantry..............CPT Matthew Strain/LTC Badger/MAJ Jacob A. Lash


CAMPAIGN IN NORTH ALABAMA AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE 20 November 1864

           Army Of Tennessee.................GEN John B. Hood
           Cheatham's Corps*.................LTG Benjamin F. Cheatham
           Bate's Division...................MG William B. Bate
           Finley's Brigade..................COL Robert Bullock
           1st Florida Cavalry...............LTC Edward Badger**
           4th Florida Infantry..............LTC Edward Badger**
           
           (*Formerly Hardee's Corps)
           (**Wounded at Franklin, Tennessee)


CAMPAIGN IN NORTH ALABAMA AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE (Continued) 10 December 1864

           Army Of Tennessee.................GEN John B. Hood
           Cheatham's Corps..................MG Benjamin F. Cheatham
           Bate's Division...................Commander Not Reported
           Finley's Brigade..................MAJ Jacob A. Lash
           1st Florida Infantry..............CPT Matthew Strain
           3rd Florida Infantry..............CPT Matthew Strain
           6th Florida Infantry..............CPT Angus McMillan
           7th Florida Infantry..............CPT Robert B. Smith
           1st Florida Cavalry...............CPT George R. Langford
           4th Florida Infantry..............CPT George R. Langford

           (Strength:  410 effective, 765 aggregate strength)


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 15 December to 16 December 1864 (Reference Not From Official Records)

           Army Of Tennessee.................GEN John B. Hood
           Cheatham's Corps..................MG Benjamin F. Cheatham
           Bate's Division...................BG William B. Bate
           Finley's Brigade..................MAJ Glover Ball (?)
           1st Florida Cavalry...............MAJ Jacob A. Lash (?)
           4th Florida Infantry..............MAJ Jacob A. Lash (?)


CAROLINA CAMPAIGN February to March 1865

           Army Of Tennessee.................GEN Joseph E. Johnston/Executive Officer GEN G.T. Beauregard
           Hardee's Corps....................LTG William Hardee
           Brown's Division*.................MG John C. Brown
           Smith's Brigade...................BG James A. Smith
           1st Florida Infantry**............LTC E. Mashburn  
           1st Florida Cavalry**.............LTC E. Mashburn 
           3rd Florida Infantry**............LTC E. Mashburn 
           4th Florida Infantry**............LTC E. Mashburn 
           6th Florida Infantry**............LTC E. Mashburn     
           7th Florida Infantry**............LTC E. Mashburn 
           
           (*Later Cleburne's Division)
           (**All these units were consolidated into one unit) 


SMITHFIELD, NORTH CAROLINA Reorganized On 31 March 1865 (Reference Official Records)

           Army Of Tennessee.................LTG Alexander P. Stewart
           Cheatham's Corps..................MG Benjamin F. Cheatham
           Bate's Division...................MG William B. Bate
           Finley's Brigade..................LTC E. Mashburn
           1st Florida Cavalry...............CPT George R. Langford
           4th Florida Infantry..............CPT George R. Langford

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