US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiments

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865) (US Lancers)

  • Carleton, Guy H. (1819-1895) Papers, 1846-1877, 1905. 1 reel. Papers include an 1861 list of Civil War 1st regiment, US. Lancers (Michigan Cavalry). 1 reel positive (partial, part of roll 26 of Sault Ste. Marie Collection.) Bio: Carleton was Capt. of 1st regiment, US. Lancers (Michigan Cavalry).

 

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865), Company C

  • Macomber, Dexter M., 1840- Diary, 1861, 1891. Photocopy of a transcript of a diary, 1861-1864, describing army life, position and location of troops, commanding officers, his personal experiences, skirmishes, battles, and a description of Gen. George Custer. In the back is a speech he gave entitled, "Army Horse or Boots and Saddle." Also, a copy of his service record. Bio: A resident of Oakland County (MI), Macomber enlisted and was mustered in Co. C, Michigan 1st Cavalry in Northville, Wayne County (MI), in Sept. 1861. He was taken prisoner at Bull Run (Va.) in 1862. Paroled, he re-enlisted and was mustered in Dec. 1863. He was transferred to Company H in March 1864. In June 1864, He was taken prisoner at Trevillian Station (Va.). He was again paroled and in August 1864, he was taken prisoner at Weldon Railroad (Va.). He was paroled for the last time in March 1865 and discharged in June 1865 in Ohio.

 

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865), Company H

  • Macomber, Dexter M., 1840- Diary, 1861, 1891. Photocopy of a transcript of a diary, 1861-1864, describing army life, position and location of troops, commanding officers, his personal experiences, skirmishes, battles, and a description of Gen. George Custer. In the back is a speech he gave entitled, "Army Horse or Boots and Saddle." Also, a copy of his service record. Bio: A resident of Oakland County (MI), Macomber enlisted and was mustered in Co. C, Michigan 1st Cavalry in Northville, Wayne County (MI), in Sept. 1861. He was taken prisoner at Bull Run (Va.) in 1862. Paroled, he re-enlisted and was mustered in Dec. 1863. He was transferred to Company H in March 1864. In June 1864, He was taken prisoner at Trevillian Station (Va.). He was again paroled and in August 1864, he was taken prisoner at Weldon Railroad (Va.). He was paroled for the last time in March 1865 and discharged in June 1865 in Ohio.

 

  • Warden, Selina. Papers, 1856-1869. Includes letters, 1862-1865, from her brother, Benjamin Clark, who served in Company H, 1st Michigan Cavalry. Brief inventory.

 

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865), Company C

  • Snyder, John G., 1832- Discharge Certificate, 1865. 1 folder. Discharge certificate for 1st Sgt. Snyder with his service record; place of birth; and physical description of five-foot-nine-inches tall with a light complexion, blue eyes, brown hair; and the occupation of carpenter. The certificate is extremely faded and difficult to read. There is also a photocopy of his service record. Bio: Born in Otsego County (NY), Snyder enlisted in Company C, 2nd Michigan Cavalry as a Corporal on Sept. 2, 1861 at age 29, in Grand Rapids (MI). He was mustered on Oct. 2, 1861 and he re-enlisted on Jan. 5, 1864 at Mossy Creek (TN). He was again mustered on March 29, 1864. On Jan. 5, 1864 he was promoted to 1st Sgt. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. on July 31, 1865. On Aug. 17, 1865, he was mustered out at Macon (Ga.).

 

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 3rd (1861-1866), Company A

  • Baughman, Homer. Letter, 1864 Nov. 25. 2 items. Letter written while stationed at Memphis, TN. Discusses women and the vote of the company in the election of 1864. Also, a brief service history. Bio: Resident of Van Buren County, MI; served with the 3rd Michigan Cavalry, Company A.

 

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 3rd (1861-1866), Company F

  • Young, Nathan H., 1843-1863. Correspondence, 1861. One letter, from Young at Camp Bennett (sp?) to his "Dear Mother," dated Dec. 15, 1861, expresing concern over his father's enlistment and describing the lack of equipment, his pay, expenses, and the weather. There is also a photocopy of his service record. Bio: Young, from Kalamazoo County (MI), enlisted in Company F, 3rd Michigan Cavalry, on Sept. 10, 1861, at age 18. He was mustered on Oct. 12, 1861. On April 14, 1863, he died of disease at Lexington (Ky.) and was buried at the National Cemetery at Corinth (MS), Grave No. 2375.

 

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 3rd (1861-1866), Company G

  • Alliton, Silas (1842- ) Papers, 1860-1916, include reunion banner, Company G, 3rd Michigan Cavalry, 3 diaries, 1863-1866, postcards, newspaper clippings, correspondence with Alliton and girlfriend, Dora Knight. Letters describe camp life, skirmishes with Rebels in MS and Ark., discontent and mutiny over delayed discharge after War. Also letters of Henry R. Wallace, a soldier in Company B, 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics to Dora about the Battle of Chattanooga, Ga. skirmishes, political sentiments, and pro-Lincoln ideas. Finding aid.

 

  • Delano, Frederick. Letter, 1864 July 19. 1 item (2 pages). Letter describing the trials of a soldier's life and illness. Includes a brief service history. Bio: Delano served with the 3rd Michigan Cavalry, Company G.

 

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 3rd (1861-1866), Company K

  • Pomeroy, Norman G. Pension certificate, 1875. 1 folder. (Photocopy) Pension certificate for Pomeroy, giving his service record and noting that his right leg had been fractured during the service. A photocopy of his service record is included. Bio: Pomeroy was from Manchester (Washtenaw County, MI). He enlisted and was mustered in Company K, 3rd Michigan Cavalry on Feb. 19, 1862. He was discharged for disability at Detroit (MI), on July 11, 1862.

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 4th (1862-1865)

  • Brent, W. L. Letter, 1863 Feb. 1. 1 item (4 pages). Letter directed to a member of the 4th Michigan Cavalry relating news of various soldiers in that unit, including: Timothy Sheppard, Orlando Hawley, and Byron W. Lanphear. Bio: Brent was a resident of Detroit, MI

 

  • US. Army. Michigan Cavalry, Regiment 4th. Record Book, Aug. 1863-March 1864, with assignments, general orders, and list of deserters as written in Headquarters, Camp Weber, near McMinniville (TN). The unit moved around in TN and Ga. 15 p.

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 4th (1862-1865), Company A

  • Buck, R. Mortimer, 1833-1902. Papers, 1850, 1909. .5 cubic ft. (in 1 box). Papers, 1850-1909 and undated, include his diaries, 1862-1865, which describe his experience in the Civil War, Michigan Cavalry 4th Regiment, his march from Detroit (MI) to the Battle of Murfreesboro (TN), camp life, equipment, cavalry pickets, and fighting at Chattanooga and Trenton (TN). Bio: Buck was from Paw Paw (MI) and served in the Michigan Cavalry 4th Regiment, Cos. A & C. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in 1865. He died on Dec. 8, 1902 and was buried in Paw Paw. Finding Aid available.

 

  • Sprague, Wells, 1835- Discharge Certificate, 1865. 1 folder. Discharge certificate for Sprague which gives his service record; place of birth; and physical description of five- foot-seven-inches, light complexion, blue eyes, brown hair; and the occupation of farmer. A photocopy of Sprague's service record is included. Bio: Sprague was born in Onadagua (NY). He enlisted in Company A, 4th Michigan Cavalry on Aug. 11, 1862 at Detroit at the age of 27. Milan (MI) was listed as his hometown. He was mustered on Aug. 28, 1862 and promoted to Corporal on Oct. 6, 1863. On July 1, 1865, he was mustered out at Nashville (TN).

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 4th (1862-1865), Company C

  • Buck, R. Mortimer, 1833-1902. Papers, 1850, 1909. .5 cubic ft. (in 1 box). Papers, 1850-1909 and undated, include his diaries, 1862-1865, which describe his experience in the Civil War, Michigan Cavalry 4th Regiment, his march from Detroit (MI) to the Battle of Murfreesboro (TN), camp life, equipment, cavalry pickets, and fighting at Chattanooga and Trenton (TN). Bio: Buck was from Paw Paw (MI) and served in the Michigan Cavalry 4th Regiment, Cos. A & C. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in 1865. He died on Dec. 8, 1902 and was buried in Paw Paw. Finding Aid.

 

  • Collins, George W. Letters, 1862-1863. 7 items. Letters with details of daily activity, unit travel, and foraging. Includes brief service biography. Bio: Collins was a resident of Hamilton, MI; served with the Michigan 4th Cavalry, Co. C.; and died at Murfreesboro, TN in 1863.

    United States. Army. Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 4th (1862-1865) Company C. Organizational Records, 1863, 1865. 2 Oversized volumes. Organizational records include: Regimental order book, Aug. 6, 1863-March 5, 1864, with copied regimental orders and correspondence with reassignments and promotions of soldiers. During this period, Co. C was stationed in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. An Ordnance and Stores Book, 1863-1865, with lists of men and the guns, horses, and other equipment they were assigned. 1863-1865, and weekly inspection notes for January-April 1864 are also included.

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 5th (1861-1865)

  • Gould, Amos, 1808-1882. Family Papers, 1828, 1936. 65 cubic ft. (in 145 boxes and several Oversized vols.). Family papers include Ebenezer Gould's papers which contain Civil War era correspondence with his wife, children, and brother, Amos; business correspondence; a family scrapbook; and miscellaneous, 1845-1936. Bio: Ebenezer Gould married Irene Beach in 1845. They had several children together. He was honorably discharged as a Colonel of the Michigan Cavalry, 5th Regiment in 1864. Finding aid available.

 

  • US. Dept. of the Interior. Mother's claim certificate, May 1, 1869, of Nancy A. Near, mother of George H. Near, deceased private of Company G, 5th Michigan Cavalry. Bio: Near enlisted on Dec. 5, 1863 at Grass Lake at age 19. He was mustered on Jan. 11, 1864 and died on Aug. 31, 1864 at Philadelphia (PA), grave No. 603.

 

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 5th (1862-1865), Company B

  • Courson, Hamilton. Letter, 1863 Mar. 9. 1 item (3 pages). Letter to Charles Hubbard, Sr. relating the harddships of soldiering. Includes brief service history. Bio: Courson was a resident of Georgetown, MI who served with the 5th Michigan Cavalry, Company B.

 

  • Thompson, Stephen W. Discharge certificate, June 20, 1865, stating that Thompson enlisted at Dansburg (MI) on Aug. 20, 1862 as a private in Company B, 5th Michigan Cavalry, and was honorably discharged at Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) on June 20, 1865. Bio: Thompson enlisted at age 20 on Aug. 20, 1862 at Springfield and was mustered on Aug. 27, 1862. He was promoted to Corporal. On Aug. 23, 1863 he was taken prisoner near Falmouth (Va.). He was released on Oct. 1, 1863. He was mustered out on June 20, 1865 at Fort Leavenworth (Kan.). (Oversized manuscript)

 

  • Thompson, Stephen W., 1843- Papers, 1865. 1 folder. Papers, include an 1865 diary, display copy of his discharge record, and a copy of service record. The diary describes army life in a camp near Winchester (Va.); picket duty; Rebel prisoners; Rebel soldiers frozen to death; destruction of railroads, bridges, and mills around Charlottesville (N. Car.). Larger entries depict farm life near Davisburg (Oakland County, MI). His discharge certificate provides his service record and mentions his brother, John Thompson, who enlisted in Company K of the Michigan 5th Cavalry. Bio: Thompson, from Oakland County (MI), enlisted in Company B, 5th Michigan Cavalry on Aug. 20, 1862 at Springfield (Oakland County, MI) at age 20. He was mustered on Aug. 27, 1862, promoted to Corporal, taken prisoner at Falmouth (Va.) on Aug. 23, 1863, released on Oct. 1, 1863, and mustered out of service at Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) on June 20, 1865.

 

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 5th (1862-1865), Company B

  • Howes, O. Frederick, 1914-1973. Collection, 1862, 1973. 1 cubic ft. (in 1 box), IL The collection, 1862-1973 and undated, includes: biographical materials on Howes, the Church and Holmes family, and materials documenting Ithaca (MI) Civil War veterans, particularly his ancestors, Lafayette Church, Nathan Church, and Myron R. Holmes. Of particular interest are the letters that Lafayette, Nathan, and Myron wrote to their wives, sisters, and daughters in Ithaca (MI). Also included is the Civil War diary of Charles S. Gilbert. Bio: Lafayette Church (1816-1907) and his son, Brevet Lt. Col. Nathan Church (1840- ), were Civil War heroes of Co. D, 26th Michigan Infantry. Lafayette, a First Baptist minister in Alma (MI), married and had ten children. Nathan married and had five children, founded a bank and the Gratiot Journal, and dealt in real estate. Highly respected men, the Churches were politically active and held a number of township and county offices. Myron Holmes (1830-1863) married and had two daughters. He died of disease in 1863 while a Corporal in Co. D, 26th Michigan Infantry. Gilbert served as a Corporal in Company E, Michigan 5th Cavalry. Finding aid available.

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 5th (1862-1865), Company M

  • Doherty, William. Letter, April 10, [1865], from Doherty at Summit Point (Va.) to his parents in Canada on his recent enlistment into the army and about destruction in the South. Bio: Doherty enlisted in Company M, 5th Michigan Cavalry on Feb. 15, 1865 at Detroit at age 21. He was mustered on Feb. 15, 1865. He served as a substitute for Richard Gregory. He transferred to Company M, 7th Cavalry and was honorably discharged at Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) on July 14, 1865. (In the regimental history he is listed as William Dougherty.)

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 6th (1862-1865), Company D

  • Rix, Hiram, Jr., 1844- Papers, 1863, 1867. 1 v. (in 1 folder), IL Papers include a diary, Jan.-Dec. 1865 with accounts for 1863-1864 and 1866; a tintype of his sister, Hattie Rix; and a letter dated Dec. 4, 1867 to Hiram from C. Clark in the Treasury Dept., Washington D.C., about purchasing land. The letter is on Treasury Dept. letterhead. Also included is a photocopy of Rix's service record. The diary describes his life in a camp near Winchester (Va.) with drills; inspections; quartermaster business; rough weather; lack of water; marches to Harrisburg (PA), Petersburg (Va.), and Vicksburg (MS); pickets; battles; and Rebel deserters. Bio: Rix, from Meridian (Saginaw County, MI), enlisted in Company D, 6th Michigan Cavalry on Oct. 23, 1862 at Lansing (MI) at age 18. He was mustered on Nov. 11, 1862. On June 1, 1864, he was promoted to Corporal, was promoted to Sergeant on Nov. 1, 1864, and was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant on Sept. 1, 1865. He was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) on Nov. 24, 1865. After the war ended, Rix marched to Fort Laramie (Wyo.) and fought Native Americans. He later lived in Leroy (Osceola County, MI)

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 6th (1862-1865)

  • Farnill, John S., d.1864. Letters, 1862-1875. 123 items. Collection includes letters from John telling of his experiences in the Civil War and letters from people who served with John. Bio: Farnill, from Pittsfield (MI), was a Corporal in Company F, 6th Michigan Cavalry. He was taken prisoner on July 4, 1863 and died at Annapolis, MD on December 27, 1864.

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 6th (1862-1865), Company M

  • Curtiss, Sheldon R. Diary of Sheldon R. Curtiss : through his three years of service in the Civil War. [typed transcript with photos] [S.l. :S.n., 1970?] Also includes copy of his service record. Bio: Curtiss enlisted in Company M, 6th Michigan Cavalry on Sept. 19, 1862 at Berlin at age 23. He was mustered on Oct. 11, 1862 and was a prisoner of war from July 11 to Dec. 1864 at Andersonville, Ga. He was discharged at Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) on Oct. 10, 1865.

 

  • Stilwell, Lyman D., 1820-1864. Widow's pension application, 1865. 1 folder. Application of Stilwell's widow, Caroline Stilwell of Ionia County (MI), for $8/month beginning May 3, 1864. A photocopy of Lyman's service record is also included. Bio: Lyman, from Lowell (Kent County, MI), enlisted in Company M, 6th Michigan Cavalry, on Sept. 3, 1862 at age 42. He was mustered on Oct. 3, 1862, taken prisoner at Waterford (Va.) on August 8, 1863, died at Andersonville Prison (Ga.) on May 3, 1864, and was buried at the National Cemetery, Andersonville (Ga.), Grave No. 854.

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 7th (1862-1865), Company F

  • Hamlin, John Henry, d.1891. Letters, 1864. 2 items. Letters to friend James W. Bentley of the MI 7th Cavalry, while healing from an eye wound in New York. Includes brief service history. Bio: Resident of Eaton Rapids, MI; enlisted with the New York Lincoln Cavalry, 1861; promoted and commissioned in MI 7th Cavalry, Co. F; died in 1891.

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 7th (1862-1865), Company L

  • Wattles, Victor C., 1843- Correspondence, 1865. 1 folder. Correspondence includes a letter from Wattles in Fort Leavenworth (Kan.), dated June 1, 1865, to "Friend Jasper" wishing they could be together, describing his plans to visit Salt Lake City (Utah), the lack of during the trip, the desertion of about one hundred soldiers in Kansas, and that he traveled from Alexandria (Va.), through Washington, D.C., Blodensburg, took a steamer to Saint Louis (Mo.) and then traveled to Leavenworth (Kan.). There is also a photocopy of his service record. Bio: Wattles enlisted in Company L, 7th Michigan Cavalry on Feb. 28, 1865 at Battle Creek (MI) and was promoted to Corporal on May 1, 1865. He was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) on Dec. 8, 1865.

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 7th (1862-1865), Company M

  • Doherty, William. Letter, April 10, [1865], from Doherty at Summit Point (Va.) to his parents in Canada on his recent enlistment into the army and about destruction in the South. Bio: Doherty enlisted in Company M, 5th Michigan Cavalry on Feb. 15, 1865 at Detroit at age 21. He was mustered on Feb. 15, 1865. He served as a substitute for Richard Gregory. He transferred to Company M, 7th Cavalry and was honorably discharged at Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) on July 14, 1865. (In the regimental history he is listed as William Dougherty.)

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 8th (1863-1865)

  • Johnson, John. Certificate of enlistment, Jan. 1, 1863, noting he enlisted in the 8th Michigan Cavalry on Jan. 1, 1863. (Oversized manuscript) Bio: From Holly (MI), Johnson enlisted in Company C, 8th Michigan Cavalry on Jan. 1, 1863 at Holly at age 21. He was mustered Jan. 20, 1863. On Sept. 26, 1863 he was taken prisoner at Athens (TN). He died while a prisoner at Danville (Va.) on Dec. 5, 1863.

 

US Army Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 10th (1862-1865), Company A

  • Hunt, Robert G. Papers, 1861, 1865. Approx 3 cubic ft. (in 1 box, 7 Oversized folders). Papers of a Civil War U.S. Paymaster, 1861-1865 and undated, include: account books; business and work-related correspondence; vouchers; disbursement accounts; returns; muster rolls, muster out rolls, and pay rolls for Michigan Infantry Regiments, including the 1st Regiment, Companies H-M; 9th Regiment, Co. A; 10th Cavalry Regiment, Co. A; 13th Regiment, Companies A-K and T; 19th Regiment, Co. A; and 22nd Regiment, Companies A-K. Bio: Hunt was a U.S. Paymaster for Michigan Infantry Regiments during the Civil War.