1st Battalion, Pennsylvania Cavalry (6 months, 1863)

Historical Sketch:
The Pennsylvania 1st Cavalry Battalion (6 months) AKA 1st Battalion Militia Cavalry, was organized at Harrisburg, Pa., July 13, 1863. It was attached to the Department. of the Susquehanna.

Following a period of guarding the National Pike and the crossings of the Susquehanna River, the 1st was sent by train to western Pennsylvania to confront an anticipated raid on Pittsburgh by Gen. Morgan’s Cavalry. The attack never materialized. Gen. Morgan’s men were captured at Buffington Island in the Ohio River on July 19, 1863, and at New Lisbon on July 26th.

The 1st Battalion Militia Cavalry was mustered out August 21, 1863.
Lieutenant Colonel
• Dale, Richard C.
• Negley, Felix C.
Assistant Surgeon
• Gray (Grey), Samuel G.
Dept. of the Susquehanna.
Gathering deserters and recruiting
Guard the National Pike
Pursuit of Gen. Morgan
The Roster of this unit contains the names of 669 men.
The Union Army by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 1
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