Re: Searching for unit info
The U S War Department had no time or training to be creative with searches. If a name wasn't located in the place it was supposed to be, they reported that the search had failed. To be fair, there are few references anywhere to the makeshift battalion commanded by Major Steede. He was an officer of the 17th Mississippi Cavalry Battalion. According to his service records (Mississippi and Miscellaneous), Major Steede carried a French pin-fire revolver called a Lefaucheaux (42 cal).