Verso of title page contains a handstamp of the Washington County Historical Society, Washington, Pa. The book includes A List of Engagements, The Regimental and Company Rosters, and Appendix (The Regimental Flag, Daughter of the Regiment, Prisoners of War, and Some War Relics). Although he spent most of his working life there, he made a number of trips to the West, specifically to Arizona and Montana, which he documented in photographs and books.
The Twenty-second Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry was formed by an order of the War Department, issued February 22, 1864, consolidating the seven independent companies of cavalry recruited from Washington County in 1861 and 1862, generally known as the Ringgold Battalion, and five new companies of cavalry recruited mostly from Bedford, Fulton, Franklin and Huntingdon counties. It is our purpose to give the history of each organization, so far as it operated prior to or separately from the others ; where two or more companies have operated together, we have made one narrative suffice. The two companies which enlisted in 1861, the'Ringgold Cavalry Company' and the'Washington Cavalry Company,' usually spoken of in subsequent years as'The Old Companies,' had more than a year's active service before they were joined by the'Boys of'62.In the autumn of 1862, the'Old Companies,' then operating about the headwaters of the Potomac in Virginia, were joined by five new independent cavalry companies, also recruited from Washington County. From that time until the organization of the'Regiment,' the seven companies generally operated together and were known as'The Ringgold Battalion. The history of their operations during that period will be found under that title.
The history of the'Regiment,' covering the period from its organization in the early spring of 1864 until mustered out after the close of the War, will appear under the title,'The Twenty-second Pennsylvania Cavalry. The seven independent companies from the beginning of their service until the spring of 1864, operated almost entirely in General B. An officer of the Regular Army, who had charge of the publication of the'Official Records of the War of the Rebellion,' stated that General B.Kelley made less written history for the amount of fighting he did than any other general officer in the service. A similar statement is true of the officers of the'Ringgold Battalion.
This modesty on the part of the officers has made the task of the historian most difficult [from the Introduction]. Book is in Very Good Plus Condition: complete and intact, with all pages and illustrations, bright, clean, tight and unmarked. Ends of spine and corners lightly rubbed. Nice copy of a Rare look at a Civil War cavalry regiment.
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