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Michael McKeever, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

5th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient



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. 

Source: The U.S. Army Center of Military History.

5th Cavalry / 65th Regiment

Pennsylvania Volunteers

"Cameron Dragoons"

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, 1864.

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.

Source: Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, Vol. III, Dayton, OH: Morningside, 1959.)

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