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Muster In: Organized at Pawtucket as 1st New England Cavalry, afterwards designated 1st Rhode Island Cavalry, December 14, 1861, to March 3, 1862.1
Muster Out: Mustered out at Baltimore, Md., August 3, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Major Preston M. Farrington
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Abercrombie’s Command, Belle Plains, Va.3

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.4

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

  • Commander: Major Preston M. Farrington (June 30, 1864)6
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 1st Rhode Island Cavalry joined the Reserve Brigade on June 23, 1864.7

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Reserve Brigade | First Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army8,9

  • Commander: Major Preston M. Farrington (July 31, 1864)10
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 1st Rhode Island Cavalry had eight (8) companies at this point.11

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Reserve Brigade | First Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The Reserve 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).12

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.13

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.14

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.15

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.16

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.17

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles18:

  • Demonstration north of the James July 27-29.
  • Deep Bottom July 27-28.
  • Malvern Hill July 28.

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. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      4. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      5. 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. 551
      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. 551
      7. 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. 232
      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 736
      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 736
      11. 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 736
      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. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      17. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      18. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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