Civil War 1861-1865

REDESIGNATION, REORGANIZATION, REEVALUATION

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. On May 3rd, 1861, the President issued a proclamation increasing the regular army size, one of the additions being another regiment of cavalry. With the two regiments

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FORT HENRY, FORT DONELSON – COMPANY C

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. Regimental Headquarters, Band, and Companies B, E, and H left Fort Crittenden (Camp Floyd), Utah, July 27, 1861, en route to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After a march

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VAL VERDE, NEW MEXICO – COMPANY G

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. During this same month Company G was defending the Union in the new territory of New Mexico. Under the strange events of war this company was undergoing

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PITTSBURG LANDING (SHILOH) – COMPANY C

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. Arriving at Nashville, Tennessee, February 28, 1862, Company C remained there until March 1 when it marched south with Grant’s army to Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. The regimental

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YORKTOWN, CHICKAHOMINY, NEW BRIDGE, GAINES’ MILL, SEVEN DAYS, SAVAGE STATION, MALVERN HILL – COMPANIES A, B, D, E, F, K, H

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. The seven companies of the regiment encamped near Washington, D.C., were selected to form part of McClellan’s army which was to invade Virginia from the Yorktown Peninsula.

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RECRUITING

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. During July, 1862, Companies A, B, and D were broken up, the privates transferred to other companies, and the officers, noncommissioned officers, and buglers were sent on

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SOUTH HILL, ANTIETAM – COMPANIES E, F, H, K

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. In McClellan’s retrograde movement from Harrison’s Landing on the James River, Companies E, F, H, K, and a squadron of the Fourth Cavalry acted as his escort

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FREDERICKSBURG – COMPANIES E, F, H, K

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. General Burnside succeeded General McClellan November 7, 1862, in command of the Army of the Potomac, and divided his army into three grand parts, right, center, and

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THE STONEMAN RAID

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. In January, 1863, General Hooker relieved General Burnside from the command of the Army of the Potomac, and the organization of grand divisions was changed to army

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BEVERLY FORD

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. In May, 1863, General Pleasanton relieved General Stoneman from command of the cavalry corps and Buford, Gregg, and Duffie took over as division commanders. It was charged

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THE SURPRISE

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. On the 8th of June, 1863, the cavalry was ordered to be saddled, and ready to move at daybreak on the 9th. It was known to the

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MIDDLEBURG

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. Lee’s object was to invade the North from the Shenandoah Valley, protecting his right by holding the mountain passes with Stuart’s cavalry and Longstreet’s infantry corps. By

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GETTYSBURG

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. The cavalry corps during June succeeded in penetrating the enemy screen and at the same time prevented Lee from finding out what the Army of the Potomac

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BOONESBOROUGH, FALLING WATERS, MANASSAS GAP

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. Along with the rest of the First cavalry Division, Merritt’s brigade, which included the Second Cavalry, now fell back on Boonesborough. The enemy was found advancing south

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BRANDY STATION, RAPPAHANNOCK STATION

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. The First Cavalry Division was ordered to make a reconnaissance toward Culpeper Courthouse on August 1 to determine the strength of the enemy in that vicinity. So

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