Colonel Milton Jameson Ferguson was my Great Great Great Grandfather. I know he commanded the 16th at Droop Mountain, I know he commanded a brigade under Stuart during Gettysburg, and I know he was captured at Third Winchester in 64. Otherwise I am still in the dark, but putting together the pieces slowly. I would greatly appreciate any help with information in regard to him or the 16th Va Cav, or any units he was associated with. Thanks in advance!
Hi Jamie: Here's what I have found. M. J. Ferguson organized a Cav company that later became a Battalion of unorganized command under his command as a Captain. It was known as Ferguson's Bn. Va. Cav. also called the Guyandotte Bn. It composed 7 companies that formed between 4 Aug 1862 and 12 Jan 1863. Later it was merged with Caldwell's Bn to form the 16th Va Cavalry Regt on 15 Jan 1863 to which M. J. Ferguson was elected Colonel. The 16th was part of a Brigade that was commanded by Albert Jenkins that was assigned to The ANV in time for the invasion of Pennsylvania. The Brigade consisted of the 14th, 16th, and 17th Regiments and the 34th and 36th Battalions of VA cavalry. The Brigade was assigned to the vanguard of the corps of LtGen Ewell, and advanced to the Susquhanna river before being ordered back to the crossroads town of Gettysburg. Ferguson assumed command of the Brigade when BGen Jenkins was wounded on 2 July 1863. The brigade was then returned to the Cavalry Division and fought in the action on 3 July on the East cavalry field. Hope this helps. Wayne Gregory Stafford, VA