1st Delaware Cavalry (dismounted)

   

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Muster In: Organized at Wilmington, Del., January 20, 1863.1
Muster Out: Mustered out June 30, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel Napoleon B. Knight
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | First Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | First Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army6,7

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Napoleon B. Knight (June 30, 1864)8
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: Springfield Rifles (.58 caliber) (June 30, 1864)9
  • Note: The 1st Delaware Cavalry (dismounted) had only seven companies present on June 30, 1864. 10,11

Third Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | First Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army12

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Napoleon B. Knight (July 31, 1864)13
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The First Brigade, First Division, Sixth Corps left Petersburg, Va. for Washington, D.C. by transports on July 9, 1864.14
  • Note: Assigned as guard to Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, in movement to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., July 10-12.15

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.
  • Note: Co. “A” remained with Army of the Potomac as guard to Reserve Artillery, 6th Army Corps, until September, 1864, when relieved and ordered to rejoin Regiment in Middle Department.16,17

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.
  • Note: Co. “A” remained with Army of the Potomac as guard to Reserve Artillery, 6th Army Corps, until September, 1864, when relieved and ordered to rejoin Regiment in Middle Department.18

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.19

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.20

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.21

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.22

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles23:

  • Regiment ordered to Join Army of the Potomac in the field May 15, 1864.
  • Reported and assigned to 6th Army Corps June 5.
  • Before Petersburg June 17-July 10.
  • Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23.
  • Ream’s Station June 29.
  • Assigned as guard to Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, in movement to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., July 10-12.
  • (Co. “A” remained with Army of the Potomac as guard to Reserve Artillery, 6th Army Corps, until September, 1864, when relieved and ordered to rejoin Regiment in Middle Department.)

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. 226
      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. 547
      5. Volume 13 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 1st Delaware Cavalry Entry, Page 14; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
      6. 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. 226
      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. 547
      8. 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. 547
      9. Volume 13 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 1st Delaware Cavalry Entry, Page 14; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
      10. 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. 547: This may have been true for the majority or all of the time the unit was present at the Siege of Petersburg. More research is needed.
      11. Volume 13 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 1st Delaware Cavalry Entry, Page 14; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
      12. 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 257
      13. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XXVII, Part 2 (Serial Number 71), page 552
      14. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XXVII, Part 1 (Serial Number 70), page 271
      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 XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 612: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
      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)
      19. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      20. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      21. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      22. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      23. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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