Friday, September 19, 2008

More on Charles Farrand

I didn't think to check the Cullum entry for Charles Farrand when I did his Fiddler's Green entry. Here's a little more detail on his wartime and post-war service. His Cullum number is 1795, for anyone who wants to check into him more on their own.

Farrand commanded C Company, 2nd Dragoons in General Lyons' campaign in Missouri from July to August 1861. Following that campaign his company conducted picket duty and scouting based out of Paducah, Kentucky until February 1862. He commanded a cavalry squadron during Grant's Tennessee campaign until April 1862. He continued to command C Company, 2nd Cavalry during the Mississippi campaign, fighting at Iuka and Corinth. He was briefly taken prisoner during a skirmish near Corinth in September 1862, but escaped before reaching a Confederate prison. He commanded General Rosecrans' escort and served as a volunteer aide de camp during the battle of Corinth October 3rd and 4th, 1862.

Following the battle, he served on mustering and secret service duty in the vicinity of Corinth until October 1863. Captain Farrand served as the acting Assistant Inspector General on the staff of General Eugene A. Carr at Little Rock, Arkansas from November 1863 to February 1864. He then served as the Chief Mustering and Disbursing Officer for the Military division of West Mississippi until September 1865.

Farrand served in the garrisons assigned to Richmond and Danville, Virginia until August 1866. After this was over a year on recruiting service at Fort Columbus, New York and New York City until October 1867. He rejoined his regiment at Newport Barracks, Kentucky (across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio) and served with them there until January 1868 when they were transferred to Shreveport, Louisiana.

He moved with the regiment to Baton Rouge the following year, and from there to Fort Snelling, Minnesota in June 1869, where he remained until he was honorably mustered out of service on January 1, 1871.

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