The Legion’s field officers were Colonel William T. Martin, Lieutenant Colonels William G. Conner and Joseph Frederick Waring, and Majors Ivey F. Lewis and William M. Stone.
|October 24||Created as the 2nd Mississippi Cavalry Battalion with Martin’s, Captain James Gordon’s and Captain Robert O. Perrin’s companies of Mississippi cavalry and Captain William M. Stone’s Alabama cavalry company. The battalion was under the command of Major William Thompson Martin, a lawyer and district attorney from Natchez.|
|November||Assigned to Stuart’s Cavalry Brigade of the Army of the Potomac.|
Skirmish at Doolan’s Farm
A forage party of fifty men from the 30th New York was surprised, surrounded, and captured near Falls Church.
|Late 1861||Reorganized as the Jeff Davis Legion with three Mississippi, two Alabama, and one Georgia companies.|
|December||Assigned to Cavalry Brigade, Potomac District, Department of Northern Virginia|
|February 13||Major Martin was promoted to lieutenant colonel.|
|March||Assigned to Cavalry Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia|
Siege of Yorktown
The Legion mustered 171 men.
Battle of Williamsburg
The Legion lost one man killed.
Stuart’s Ride Around McClellan
Two squadrons of the Legion took part in the ride, 250 men under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Waring. It acted as the rear guard in the last part of the movement.
|June 25-July 1||
Seven Days Battles
|July||Assigned to Hampton’s Brigade of Stuart’s newly-created Cavalry Division.|
|August||Reconnaissance to Forge Bridge.|
The Legion was attacked at daylight while acting as rear guard for the army as it moved west from Frederick.
Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel William T. Martin.
|November 28||Skirmish near Hartwood Church.|
|December||Lieutenant Colonel Martin was promoted to brigadier general. Major Joseph F. Waring was promoted to lieutenant colonel and took command of the Legion.|
|December 12||Skirmish at Dumfries|
|December 19||Skirmish on the Occoquan River, capturing part of Sigel’s wagon train.|
|March||Brigadier General Martin was transferred to the Western Theater.|
The Legion lost 4 men wounded.
Battle of Upperville
The Legion was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Joseph F. Waring. It brought 246 men to the field, and lost 4 men killed and 10 wounded. Major William G. Conner was killed on July 3 in fighting on the East Cavalry Field.
From the War Department marker to Hampton’s Brigade at Gettysburg on the East Cavalry Field:
July 2. Engaged in the evening with 3rd Division Cavalry Corps near Hunterstown. Cobb’s Legion led the attack and lost a number of officers and men killed and wounded.
July 3. The Brigade arrived here about noon and skirmished with Union sharpshooters. In the afternoon the 1st North Carolina and Jeff Davis’ Legion advancing in support of Chambliss’ Brigade drove the Union cavalry but met their reserve and were in a critical position when the Brigade went to their support and a hand to hand fight ensued in which Brig. Gen. Wade Hampton was severely wounded. The conflict ended in the failure of the Confederates in their purpose to assail the rear of the Union Army
Action ar Fleetwood
The Legion lost Lieutenant P.B. Fisher and 2 enlisted men killed and men 12 wounded.
|September||Assigned to Butler’s Brigade, Hampton’s Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia|
The Legion lost three men wounded.
Mine Run Campaign
Battle of North Anna
Battle of Nance’s Shop
Made a charge which “drove the enemy three miles in confusion,” according to General Hampton’s report.
The Legion was increased to regimental strength by adding the 4th Alabama Cavalry Battalion (three companies) and the 20th Georgia Cavalry Battalion, Company D.
Company A – Natchez Cavalry – Adams County, Mississippi
The Legion recorded 234 officers and men present for duty.
|January 19||Ordered to South Carolina and assigned to Young’s Brigade, Butler’s Division, Hampton’s Cavalry Command|
|April||Assigned to Logan’s Brigade, Butler’s Division, Hampton’s Cavalry Command|
Surrendered with General Johnston’s army.