N0. 288 CIW CHAPTER 15 TENNESSEE HAMILTON’S CONFEDERATE BATTALION CAVALRY

Commanding officer: Lt. Colonel Oliver Perry Hamilton

Hamilton was from Celina, Tennessee.

The battalion was organized early in the war for local service only.

When John Morgan was promoted to brigadier general, he created a regiment for his brother Dick Morgan. The men of this regiment were Hamilton’s and Ferguson’s men (see below on Ferguson’s company). Hamilton was promoted to lieutenant colonel at this time presumably for his cooperation.

Hamilton and Ferguson refused to go along on Morgan’s Indiana raid. Union sources regularly describe Colonel Hamilton’s battalion as “guerrilla”.

In spring 1864 Colonel Hamilton, was captured by General Hobbs’ men and sent to Louisville, Ky. Along the way Hamilton was shot. The Union side claimed he was trying to escape but in reality he was tied to a tree. The officer in charge of the guard detail was Lt. Elias Smith. He was later shot by guerrilla Captain Ferguson in a Union hospital in Saltville, Virginia.

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