- Nov 8, 2018
Would love some information on these 2 units. See them in the rosters but found very little on what their composition, origins, or fate.
My assumption is that Youngblood's Battalion was disbanded and its men used to reinforce the depleted Georgian regiments in the AoT or sent back into the city as a city guard unit or back to civilian work. Gholson's battalion, from the description, I bet they were the unknown Ms cavalry company in Brantley's Brigade during the Franklin-Nashville campaign.Both were temporarily attached to D. H. Reynolds' Arkansas Brigade just prior to the battle of Ezra Church, and are mentioned in both Gary Ecelbarger's and Earl Hess' books on the battle....
Youngblood's Battalion consisted of 150 government workers from Columbus and Macon, GA, with no prior combat experience. Gholson's, commanded by Col. John McGuirk, consisted of 450 Mississippi cavalrymen - formerly Mississippi state militia that were transferred to Confederate service in May 1864.
As Reynolds' Brigade made its charge in the battle, Youngblood's men were positioned in the center of the brigade and Gholson's were on the left flank. According to Gen. Reynolds, many of Youngblood's men broke and ran, though some fought well; the battalion suffered only 9 casualties. Gholson's men, however, stood the fire for longer, making two charges and losing 144 men.
Nothing else on them, but apparently they were detached from Reynolds' Brigade after the battle.