Fifth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry Fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry


Other Names: None

Location: Paris, Tennessee


Date: March 11, 1862

Principal Commanders: Capt. John Croft [US]

Forces Engaged: Detachment of 5th Iowa Cavalry and Battery 1, 1st Missouri Light Artillery [US]; Confederate Recruiting Unit [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 50 plus total (US 5; CS uncertain)

Description: Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant despatched a battalion of the 5th Iowa Cavalry and a battery under Capt. John T. Croft to break up a Confederate conscription camp at Paris. Croft arrived in the vicinity about 5 pm, and after capturing the outer pickets made a charge through the town, driving the enemy into their intrenchments on a hill a mile and a half beyond. A charge was made up the slope by two companies, which fell into an ambuscade, but with the aid of the artillery they managed to extricate themselves without heavy loss. The Union casualties were 5 killed and 5 wounded; Grant estimated the Confederate loss at 100 killed and wounded, besides the 8 captured.

Result(s): Union victory (ended Confederate conscription)

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