Bygones of Monroe:
The Battle of Falling Water - Who It Was Fought By-Honor to the Michigan Troopers
In one account of the battle of Falling Waters, I notice the infantry is mentioned as having
something to do with that fight. There was no infantry engaged. It was exclusively a
cavalry fight, and by the Michigan brigade, the First, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh regiments-
Gen. Custer’s brigade. The guns, flags and earthworks were captured by them, and to the
Michiganders alone, with Gen. Kilpatrick’s bodyguard, First Ohio, Capt. Jones, belongs the
honor of that day. Gen. Buford’s cavalry command aided after the earthworks had been captured.
The charge made upon the earthworks was one of the most gallant on record-a squadron of
fifty-seven men charging upon three or four brigades behind earth works, killing Major General
Pettigrew, capturing more than 1,000 prisoners, and seizing the field with the killed and wounded
of the enemy. Eighteen of the gallant band of Michiganders there died nobly for their country.
(Monroe Monitor, 9 Sep 1863, Page 2, Column 2)