Union enlistments in Dyer County were relatively small in comparison with Confederate troops. Most men enrolled individually or in small family groups and consequently there were no companies that could be said to belong to Dyer County. However Company A of the 14th Tennessee Cavalry was commanded by Capt. Theodorick Bradford a Dyersburg lawyer and the majority of Dyer County Federal troops belonged units listed below.
For More Information on Union veterans of Dyer County see: "Home Made Yankees" and "Under the Black Flag"
6th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, U.S.A. Also called the 1st West Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. Organization began in August of 1862 at Bethel, McNairy County. Composed of two companies regular companies formed in March of 1863 and four companies from the 1st West Tennessee Infantry Regiment (also known at the 7th Infantry). It was mustered in on July of 1863. Later it consolidated with the 14th Tennessee Cavalry on Feb. 14, 1865 and mustered out at Pulaski on July 16, 1865.
7th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, U.S.A. Also called the 2nd West Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. Organized at Trenton, November 14, 1862. The units was mustered out at Nashville, August 9, 1865.
14th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, U.S. A. - Erroneously called the 13th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment and the 13th West Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. Organized at Union City on October of 1863. The unit was consolidated with the 6th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment U.S.A. on Feb. 14, 1865. The unit was commanded by Major Wm. F. Bradford who had practiced law in Dyer County.
2nd Illinois Cavalry Regiment - At 1st and 2nd Skirmishes of Merriwether's Ferry
6th Illinois Cavalry Regiment - At Wood's Springs Skirmish and Obion River Skirmish
11th Illinois Cavalry Regiment - At Dyersburg Bridge Skirmish (also at Yorkville Skirmish)(two men from Dyer County enlisted in this regiment)
15th Illinois Cavalry Regiment - At Plank Road Crossing Skirmish (Snow's Ferry)
54th Illinois Infantry Regiment - At 1st Merriwether's Ferry Skirmish (at least Colonel Harris was present)
3rd Michigan Cavalry Regiment - At Dyersburg Bridge Skirmish and deployed for an ambush on the Obion River
22nd Michigan Cavalry Regiment - Arrived late at the Dyersburg Bridge Skirmish (also at Yorkville Skirmish)
By Earl L. Willoughby, Jr.
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