Hatch's Independent Battalion
In response to the Dakota War the Secretary of War authorized Major E. A. C. Hatch of St. Paul to raise a battalion of Cavalry. In August and September 1863 four companies were recruited and organized as "Hatch's Independent Battalion of Cavalry". The command was divided between Pembina and Fort Abercrombie on the northwest frontier. They endured a particularly harsh winter in 1863 - 1864, with temperatures touching -60. Two more companies joined the battalion the following summer. Much of the battalion's activities focused on the Canadian border and the movement of Dakota Indians from the area of Fort Garry. They were involved in the surrender of several hundred Dakota and the controversial capture of chiefs Little Six and Medicine Bottle. They were mustered out of service in April, May and June of 1866.
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