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65th Pennsylvania Regiment - 5th Cavalry - Cameron's Dragoons

Recruited in the city of Philadelphia, Lycoming county, Allegheny County, Venango County, PA


65th PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles




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  • 65th PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles

      Organization
    • 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.
      Service & Battles - 1862
    • Duty in the Dept. of Washington, D.C., till May 8, 1862.
    • Reconnoissance to Pohick Church,Va., December 18, 1861 (Cos. "C," "F," "H").
    • Flint Hill and Hunter's Mill February 7, 1862.
    • Fairfax Court House 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.
    • Reconnoissance from Yorktown to Gloucester, Matthews and King and Queen Counties July 7-9 (Cos. "B," "E," "L," "M").
      Service & Battles - 1863
    • Duty at Yorktown and Williamsburg till September 8, 1863.
    • Williamsburg and Fort Magruder September 9, 1862.
    • Reconnoissance from Yorktown to Gloucester, Matthews, King and Queen and Middlesex Counties December 11-15.
    • Reconnoissance 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 Court House 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 Court House September 23.
    • Affair on Back Bay September 30 (Detachment).
    • Scout from Great Bridge to Indiantown, N. C., October 13 (Detachment).
    • Pungo Landing October 16-17 (Detachment). Camden Court House
    • October 17. Regiment assembled at Great Bridge October 20.
    • Expedition from Norfolk to South Mills, Camden, etc., N. C., December 5-24.
      Service & Battles - 1864
    • 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.
    • Ballahack on Bear Quarter Road and Deep Creek February 29-March 1.
    • Ballahack Station near Dismal Swamp Canal March 1. Deep Creek March 2.
    • Reconnoissance 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.
      Service & Battles - 1865
    • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9, 1865.
    • Dinwiddie Court House March 31.
    • Five Forks April 1.
    • Gravelly Ford on Hatcher's Run April 2.
    • Near Amelia Court House April 4-5.
    • Burkesville and Sailor's Creek April 6.
    • Prince Edward's Court House 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.
      Regimental 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.



    65th PA Regiment Medal of Honor

    • MICHAEL MCKEEVER 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.





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