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History of the 1st Michigan Cavalry

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Organization on the 1st Michigan Cavalry

Organized at Detroit, Mich., August 21 to September 6, 1861.
Mustered in September 13, and left State for Washington, D.C., September. 29, 1861.
Attached to Cavalry Brigade, Army of the Potomac to December, 1861.
Cavalry, Banks' Division, Army of the Potomac to March, 1862.
Cavalry, 1st Division, Banks' 5th Corps to April, 1862.
Hatch's Cavalry Brigade, Dept. of the Shenandoah to June, 1862.
Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of Virginia to September, 1862.
Unassigned, Alexandria, Va. September, 1862.
Price's Cavalry Brigade, Military District of Washington to February, 1863.
22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington to March, 1863.
1st Brigade, Stahel's Cavalry Division, 22nd Army Corps to June, 1863.
2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac to March, 1864.
1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac to August, 1864.
Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division to March, 1865.
Army of the Potomac to June, 1865.
Dept. of Missouri to August, 1865.
District of the Plains, Dept. of Missouri to September, 1865.
District of Dakota, Dept. of Missouri to December, 1865.
District of Utah, Dept. of Missouri to March, 1866.

Roster of Men of the 1st Michigan Cavalry - Links to Photos of Men where known


Field and Staff Company A Company B Company C
Company D Company E Company F Company G
Company H Company I Company K Unassigned Men


Links Related to the 1st Michigan Cavalry

Colonel Broadhead's Office state historic Marker

Visit this state historic marker and the building with it and find the first colonel of the 1st Michigan Cavalry's peacetime office. Colonel Broadhead's Office
Joseph Tarr Copeland state historic Marker This state historic marker is dedicated to the 1st Michigan Cavalry's initial Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Tarr Copeland
Waynesboro, PA historic Marker This state historic marker is placed in Waynesboro, PA on the battlefield of Monterey Pass where the 1st Michigan, along with the rest of the brigade, attacked the retreating wagon train of the Confederate Second Corps. Battle of Monterey Pass
Michigan Cavalry Brigade at Gettysburg Follow this link to our page about the Michigan monuments at Gettysburg. This link will take you directly to the section on the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. Michigan Cavalry Brigade at Gettysburg
Monterey Pass to Falling Waters Follow this link to our page about the Battle of Monterey Pass to the Battle of Falling Waters at the end of the Gettysburg Campaign. Battle of Monterey Pass Page
Michigan Cavalry Brigade Flag This link will take to you to an image and information on our Flags page about the Michigan Cavalry Brigade's guidon which is in the Monroe Historical Museum Michigan Cavalry Brigade Guidon
1st Michigan Cavalry Flags Follow this link the part of the Flags page with images and links to flags used by the 1st Michigan Cavalry. Two are in the state collection but one is in the Dearborn Musuem. 1st Michigan Cavalry Flags

Books about the 1st Michigan Cavalry

Custer and His Wolverines: The Michigan Cavalry Brigade, 1861-1865 - by Edward G. Longacre The story of the only cavalry brigade in the Eastern theater made up completely of troops from one state - Michigan. Published in 2004 by Da Capo Press.
Small Arms Used by Michigan Troops in the Civil War - Edited by Donald F. Kigar No matter the regiment of Michigan troops, this is an excellent first resource for finding out which particular weapons a regiment is armed with.
Battle of Falling Waters 1863 - By George F. Franks III This book chronicles the final fight of the Gettyburg Campaign as Lee crosses at Falling Waters back into Virginia. He has been pursued this entire time by the Michigan Cavalry Brigade.