5th Pennsylvania Cavalry
Congressional Medal of Honor
Private, Company K, 5th Pennsylvania
Cavalry. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Birth: Ireland.
Citation: At Burnt Ordinary, Va., 19
January 1863. Was one of a small scouting party that charged and routed a
mounted force of the enemy six times their number. He led the charge in a
most gallant and distinguished manner, going far beyond the call of duty.
Date of Issue: 2 August 1897.
U.S. Army Center of Military History.
5th Cavalry / 65th Regiment
Organized at Philadelphia July to
September, 1861. Moved to Washington, D.C., August 22, 1861. Attached to
Smith's Division, Army Potomac, to March, 1862.
Unattached, 4th Army Corps, Army Potomac,
to December, 1862. West's Advance Brigade, 4th Corps, Dept. Virginia, to
June, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia,
to July, 1863.
Wistar's Brigade, Yorktown, Va., Dept.
Virginia and North Carolina, to August, 1863. U.S. Forces, Portsmouth,
Va., Dept. Virginia and North Carolina, to December, 1863. District
Currituck, Dept. Virginia and North Carolina, to January, 1864.
Heckman's Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept.
Virginia and North Carolina, to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, Cavalry
Division, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, Army of the James, to May,
1st Brigade, Kautz's Cavalry Division,
Dept. Virginia and North Carolina, to April, 1865. Cavalry Brigade, Dept.
of Virginia, to July, 1865. Richmond, Va., District Henrico, Dept.
Virginia, to August. 1865.
Duty in the Dept. of Washington, D.C., till
May 8, 1862. Reconnaissance to Pohick Church,Va., December 18, 1861 (Cos.
"C," "F," "H"). Flint Hill and Hunter's Mill
February 7, 1862. Fairfax C. H. February 6. Expedition to Vienna and Flint
Hill February 22. Duty near Alexandria till May. Ordered to Yorktown, Va.,
May 8. Scouting about Gloucester Point May 10 (Cos. "A,"
"B," "E" and "L"). Scouting about
Williamsburg May 12. Skirmishes at Mechanicsville May 23-24. Seven days
before Richmond June 25-July 1 (Cos. "I," "K"). Savage
Station June 29. White Oak Swamp Bridge June 30. Malvern Hill July 1.
Reconnaissance from Yorktown to Gloucester, Matthews and King and Queen
Counties July 7-9 (Cos. "B," "E," "L,"
"M"). Duty at Yorktown and Williamsburg till September 8, 1863.
Williamsburg and Fort Magruder September 9, 1862. Reconnaissance from
Yorktown to Gloucester, Matthews, King and Queen and Middlesex Counties
December 11-15. Reconnaissance to Burnt Ordinary December 17.
Expedition to West Point and White House
January 7-9, 1863 (Detachment). Burnt Ordinary January 19. Near Olive
Creek Church February 5 (Cos. "L," "M"). Williamsburg
and Olive Branch Church February 7. Williamsburg March 23 and 29.
Whittaker's Mills April 11. Reconnoissance through Gates County and down
Chowan River June 5-13. Nine Mile Ordinary June 14. Diascund Bridge June
20. Dix's Peninsula Campaign June 24-July 8. Barnesville June 28.
Baltimore Cross Roads June 29. Expedition from White House to Bottom's
Bridge July 1-7. Baltimore Cross Roads July 1. Bottom's Bridge July 2.
Expedition to Bottom's Bridge August 26-29. New Kent C. H. August 28.
Bottom's Bridge August 29. Ordered to Norfolk, Va., September 8, and duty
about Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., till December. Companies "C,"
"D," "F," "H" and "I" at South
Mills, N. C., September 13. Companies "A," "B,"
"E," "G," "K," "L" and
"M" at Great Bridge. Expedition to Indiantown, N. C., September
15-20 (Co. "D"). Near Kempsville September 15. Indiantown
September 20. (Cos. "F" and "H" at Drummond Lake
September 15.) Companies "C," "F," "H" and
"I" advance to Raleigh September 22; Companies "A,"
"B," "L" and "M" to Currituck C. H.
September 23. Affair on Back Bay September 30 (Detachment). Scout from
Great Bridge to Indiantown, N. C., October 13 (Detachment). Bingo Landing
October 16-17 (Detachment). Camden C. H. October 17. Regiment assembled at
Great Bridge October 20. Expedition from Norfolk to South Mills, Camden,
etc., N. C., December 5-24.
Duty at Yorktown and in District of the
Currituck till May, 1864. Wistar's Expedition toward Richmond February
6-8. Bottom's Bridge February 4. Ballahock on Bear Quarter Road and Deep
Creek February 29-March 1. Ballahock Station near Dismal Swamp Canal March
1. Deep Creek March 2. Reconnaissance from Portsmouth to the Blackwater
April 13-15 (Detachment). Kautz's Raid on Petersburg & Weldon Railroad
May 5-11. Birch Island Bridges May 5. Stony Creek Station and Jarrett's
Station May 7. White's Bridge, Nottaway Creek, May 8. Nottaway Railroad
Bridge May 8. Jarrett's Station May 8-9. Kautz's Raid on Richmond &
Danville Railroad May 12-17. Coalfield Station May 13. Powhatan Station
May 14. Belcher's Mills May 16. Petersburg June 9. Before Petersburg June
15-18. Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June, 1864, to
April, 1865. Roanoke Station June 20, 1864. Wilson's Raid on South Side
& Danville Railroad June 22-July 2. Staunton River Bridge or Roanoke
Station June 25. Sappony Church, Stony Creek, June 28-29. Ream's Station
June 29. Demonstration north of the James at Deep Bottom July 27-29.
Malvern Hill July 30. Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights, September 29-30.
Darbytown Road October 7-13 and December 10. Charles City Cross Roads
October 26. Battle of Fair Oaks October 27-28.
Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9, 1865.
Dinwiddie C. H. March 31. Five Forks April 1. Gravelly Ford on Hatcher's
Run April 2. Near Amelia C. H. April 4-5. Burkesville and Sailor's Creek
April 6. Prince Edward's C. H. April 7. Appomattox Court House April 9.
Surrender of Lee and his army. Duty at Richmond, Va., and in District of
Henrico, Dept. of Virginia, to August. Mustered out August 7, 1865, and
discharged at Philadelphia, Pa., August 16, 1865.
Casualties and Losses
Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and
76 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 6 Officers and 210
Enlisted men by disease. Total 293.
Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion,
Vol. III, Dayton, OH: Morningside, 1959.)