I was reading a little of the Chandler Horse Guard. They were nearly the local Cavalry unit. Most troopers were from White Pigeon and Quincy Michigan. They mustered into Federal service at Coldwater September 19 1861 and served until November 22 1861. It said they did not conform to Federal muster regulations. They were told to re-muster and re-equip. The 189 enlisted men declined and the unit was disbanded. All that being said. What would the Federal muster regulation be? Any idea why the men would decline to re-enlist? Being early in the war, it seems like there would be a fair excitement in them. Isn't 189 men about half strength? Thanks for any ideas. Bob
Post by willeichler on Dec 11, 2007 22:32:54 GMT -5
Hi. Been a while since I've checked this board. While I don't have a specific answer to your question, I do have one research aid. We used this for a mustering in scenario at Historic Fort Wayne in the Detroit area this summer.
I remember it had a lot of information which may help you as you continue your research. I, for one, would be interested in what you find out.
I do wonder if they didn't fit muster regulations because they came between when MI was ordered to provide cavalry regiments. I seem to remember the US Gvt. to be slow in getting the cavalry branch up and running hoping for a 90 day war and wanting to keep costs down. However, that is memory in the back of my head, NOT documentation. I hope other can chime in on either of these issues.
There is also a board for discussion of MI soldiers in the war. You may get some help there.