The 3d Cavalry was attached to the Army of the Frontier, and, like many of the Western
cavalry regiments, served in Missouri
, and in the Indian Territory
, fighting in unheard — of battles, and losing its men in engagements which are never mentioned in history and which were never lettered on the battle-flags of the Republic
One of the principal losses of the 3d Cavalry occurred at Banter Springs, Cherokee Nation
, October 6, 1863, where one company (I) attached to General Blunt
's headquarters was attacked by Quantrell
's guerrillas and forced to retreat with a loss of 33 killed and 14 wounded. The quartermaster was killed, and, of a regimental band which accompanied General Blunt
, not a man escaped, the enemy giving no quarter.1
The 1st Cavalry, also, lost 17 killed, 38 wounded, and 8 missing, in an affair at L'Anguille Ferry, Ark., August 3, 1862, the Chaplain
of the First being among the killed.
The principal losses of the 12th Battery occurred ill the heroic defense of Allatoona Pass, Lieutenant Amsden
, who commanded the battery in this fight, falling mortally wounded.
The Twelfth was the only artillery present at that memorable engagement.
The 8th Infantry, or “Eagle regiment,” became widely known by the live Amierican eagle which it cairried