If you brought your own horse they would pay you an additional 40 cents per day and $8 monthly for forage. Horses would be provided to those who could not provide their own.
While 0ver 600 men were enlisted, the regiment saw no action and was disbanded due to technicalities involving the Foreign Enlistments Act of 1819. Rankin was arrested and charged but avoided successful prosecution due, yet again to technicalities. His men then joined other units.
The Rankin story has many very interesting twists and turns and I recommend you Google his name and have a coffee nearbye. You will need it!
A few weeks back I brought you a few blogs on the much more promising military career of New Brunswick born Daniel Chaplin. He too was a horseman, but started out in the 2nd Maine Volunteer Infantry. He rose from Private to Colonel and then sent off to Bangor to raise ... not 600... but 1800 men which became the 18th Maine Heavy Artillery and still later... the Ist Maine Heavy Artillery.
Yet another horseman, also from Montreal, along with 15 others in 1863 faced those hundreds of hoofs charging at them. Eight including Montrealer James Flanagan would be later awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery. Others in the same battle, had died or could not be found and so they missed out on the medal. (A matter for advocacy for someone no doubt.)
Here is a newspaper account of their deed near Nollensville Tenn. in mid February 1863...
The news account tells of how 15 (possibly 16) soldiers scrounging for feed for their mules came under a charge of some 125 (some sites say 150) enemy cavalry. Though outnumbered about 8 to 1, the Union men held their ground till reinforcements arrived. In the process they had captured several prisoners, wounded and killed a few more, captured enemy weapons, horses and still managed to save the supplies they had rounded up.
Their brigade commanded later noted, as seen above, that ..."this little affair is one of the most glorious of the campaign and deserves to be remembered and cited as worthy the emulation of all." He added that it was his desire... "that the names of these worthy men and brave soldiers may be preserved."
The dangers of war, and the panic of being drafted by some, less brave than the soldiers above noted, would cause a few to take strange steps to avoid service.
Recent research produced this newspaper gem from late 1863...
Finally officialdom at Washington remembered those they could find, limited to only 8 of the 15 or 16, including Flanagan, and awarded them with Medals of Honor in September 1897. It only took them about 35 years to regain their memory. A few of the others had died but the rest, so they say, could not be found.
Others had been issued over the years posthumously, but this appears to have not been the case this time.
Here is a news account that gives details about the standard letter sent out to recipients years after the fact. This one went to one of the 8 involved in the Nollensville skirmish.
Hope to see you then,