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Muster In: Regiment organized at New York City September 12 to December 19, 1861, under special authority of the War Department, as the Ira Harris Guard. Turned over to State of New York as 6th Cavalry November 20, 1861. Companies were mustered in as follows: “A” September 12, “B” September 27, “D” September 28, “C” September 29, “E” October 3, “F” and “G” October 24, “H” October 28, “I” November 2, “L” November 6, “K” and “M” December 19, 1861.1
Muster Out: Consolidated with 15th New York Cavalry June 17, 1865, to form 2nd Regiment Provisional Cavalry.2

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel William H. Crocker
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Major William E. Beardsley
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Major Harrison White
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | First Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | First Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army5,6

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel William H. Crocker (June 30, 1864)7
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | First Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army8,9

  • Commander: Major William E. Beardsley (July 31, 1864)10
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | First Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army

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  • Note: The Second Brigade, First Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac was ordered to Washington, D. C. and embarked in early August 1864.  More research is needed on the exact date(s).11

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.12

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.13

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.14

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.15

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | First Division | Cavalry | Army of the Shenandoah | Union Army16,17

  • Commander: Major Harrison White (March 31, 1865)18
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  • Note: Sheridan’s cavalry from the Army of the Shenandoah, formerly the 1st and 3rd Divisions, Cavalry Corps, AotP, crossed the James River from the north side on March 26, 1865 to rejoin the Union Armies operating against Richmond and Petersburg.

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles19:

  • Sheridan’s Trevillian Raid June 7-24.
  • Trevillian Station June 11-12.
  • Newark or Mallory’s Cross Roads June 12.
  • White House or St. Peter’s Church June 21.
  • Black Creek or Tunstall’s Station June 21.
  • Jones’ Bridge June 23.
  • Charles City Court House June 23.
  • Before Petersburg June 26-July 30.
  • Deep Bottom July 27-28.
  • …away…
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Dinwiddie Court House March 30-31.
  • Five Forks April 1.
  • Fall of Petersburg April 2.
  • Scott’s Cross Roads April 2.
  • Deep Creek April 3.
  • Tabernacle Church or Beaver Pond Creek April 4.
  • Sailor’s Creek April 6.
  • Appomattox Station April 8.
  • Appomattox Court House April 9.
  • Surrender of Lee and his army.

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    2. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    3. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 231
    4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 550
    5. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 231
    6. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 550
    7. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 550
    8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 261
    9. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 735
    10. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 735
    11. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    12. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    13. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    14. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    15. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    16. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 575: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    17. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 591: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 1865”
    18. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 575: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    19. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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