John S. George's Independent Company Ohio Volunteer Calvalry
 
 

THREE MONTHS' SERVICE

This independent company of cavalry was organized at Ironton, Ohio, in the spring of 1861.  On the 2d day of July, 1861, Adjutant General Buckingham ordered Captain George to proceed with his command to Gallipolis and report to Colonel Norton, of the 21st O.V.I., for orders.  On their arrival the same day, the company was mustered into 
the service of the State of Ohio for a period of three months.  On the 11th of July the company became a part of General J.D. Cox's Brigade.  Entering Western Virginia, it marched to Red House, on the Kanawha River, and took aprt in the reconnoissance 
under Colonel Norton for the pupose of discovering the Rebel position.  On July 17, it became part of an attacking column under Colonel Lowe to drive the enemy from their
position at Scareytown.  It participated in all the marches and skirmishes during this 
campaign, forming a most important part of the State forces engaged in that service.
In addition to the above service, General Cox relied entirely upon them for orderlies, 
messengers, mounted scouts and vedettes, a burden of work far beyond what so 
small a body ought to be required to perform.  On the 19th day of August, 1861, the 
following order was sent to Captain George:
 

Special Order No. 715.__Captain George's company of cavalry, now attached to Brigadier General Cox's command, will proceed to Columbus and report at these headquarters as soon as the exigencies of the service will permit.
                                                                           By order of C. P. Buckingham,
                                                                              Adjutant General of Ohio.
The loss to the company during its brief period of service was on man killed in battle, 
at Scareytown, Va., July 17, 1861.  It was mustered out of the United States service
September 19, 1861, at Ironton, Ohio.  The official list of battles in which this company
participated has not yet been published by the War Department, but the following is found on company rolls and U.S. army register:
 
SCAREYTOWN, VA.,   .....July 17, 1861.


REFERENCE

Ohio Roster Committee. (1889).  Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of 
       Ohio in the War of the Rebellion.  Vol. 10.  Cincinnati, OH:  Ohio Valley Co.
          pp. 741 - 744. 

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