The 1st Connecticut Volunteer Cavalry Regiment lost 4 officers and 36 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, and 4 officers and 149 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.
|October 1-23||Organized at Camp Tyler, West Meridian as a battalion of four companies|
|February 20-24||Moved to Wheeling, W. Va. under the command of Major Judson M. Lyon|
|March||Operations against guerrillas in Hardy County, W. Va. attached to R. R. District, Mountain Department|
|March 27||Attached to Schenck’s Brigade, Mountain Department|
|April 3||Action with guerillas at Moorefield, W. Va.|
|May 2-7||March to relief of Milroy|
|May 30||Raid to Shaver River|
|June 5||New Market|
|June 8||Cross Keys|
|June 9||Port Republic|
|June 10-July 28||Movement down the valley to Madison C. H.|
|June 16||Assigned to Cavalry Brigade, 1st Army Corps, Army of Virginia.|
|June 22-30||Scout from Strasburg (Company B)|
|July||Scouting in vicinity of Madison C. H.|
|Aug. 16-Sept. 2||
Pope’s campaign in Northern Va.
Major Lyon resigned. Captain Middlebrook took command of the battalion
|August 9||At Cedar Mountain|
|August 12||Joined pursuit of Jackson to the Rapidan|
|August 15||Captain William S. Fish of Company C was promoted to major.|
|Aug. 27-30||Provost duty during the Bull Run battles|
|September||Duty at Tennallytown, Fairfax C. H., Kalorama Heights and Hall’s Farm. Attached to Cavalry Brigade, 11th Army Corps, Army Potomac|
|December||March to Fredericksburg, Va., and duty at Stafford C. H.|
|December 20-22||Kelly’s Ford|
|January||Moved to Baltimore, Md., and duty there. Assigned to Defenses of Baltimore, Md. 8th Army Corps, Middle Dept (Compaines A, B, C, D and E). Captain Farnsworth oversaw the construction of barracks, barns and a chapel at Camp Cheesebrough.|
|January 16||Major Fish was appointed Provost Marshal of the Middle Department, 8th Corps.|
|March 21||Major Fish was promoted to lieutenant colonel.|
|July 5||Moved to Harper’s Ferry, W. Va. and assigned to Maryland Heights Division, Dept. of West Va.|
|July 14||Captain Farnsworth and 49 men attacked a Confederate picket on Bolivar Heights of over 400 men. Captain Farnsworth and over half the detachment were captured|
|August 8||Skirmish at Waterford (Detachment)|
|October||Assigned to Cavalry Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. West. Va.|
|November 15-18||Expedition from Charlestown to New Market|
|January 1||Regimental organization completed at Baltimore. Lieutenant Colonel Fish was promoted to colonel. Assigned to Cavalry Reserve, 8th Army Corps, Defenses of Baltimore. Major Blakeslee assumed command of the regiment and the attachment at Harpers Ferry rejoined the regiment.|
|January 24||Colonel Fish was arrested and imprisoned for “using false accounts and vouchers”. He would be convicted and cashiered, but was pardoned in 1864 and after the war would be cleared and restored to full rank with back pay when his case was examined by President Johnson.|
|February 4||Moorefield (Detachment)|
|March 8||Moved to Annapolis Junction with 675 men.|
|March 15||Joined 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac at Brandy Station, Va.|
|March 24||Arrived Stevensburg, Virginia|
|March 29||Sergeant Fish of Company H was wounded on picket duty at Grove Church. While lying wounded he was shot 21 times with his own revolver and left for dead, but lived long enough to tell his story.|
|MAy 4||Crossed the Rapidan|
Craig’s Meeting House
Major Marcy and 200 men were cut off and fought their way back in a saber charge, losing 40 men.
|May 5-6||Todd’s Tavern|
Alsop’s farm, Spotsylvania
Captured 35 prisoners.
The regiment was issued Specer and Sharps carbines in place of its Smith’s carbine, General Wilson commenting that they had earned the right to cary them.
|May 9-24||Sheridan’s raid to James River|
|May 9-10||North Anna River|
|May 11||Ground Squirrel Bridge and Yellow Tavern|
|May 12||Brook Church or fortifications of Richmond, Strawberry Hill|
|May 26||Demonstration on Little River|
|May 28-31||Line of the Totopotomoy|
|May 31||Mechump’s Creek and Hanover C. H.|
The regiment supported Fitzhugh’s Battery in a series of fights against overwhelming odds. Captain Warner and Color-sergeant Whipple were killed and Lietenant Colonel Blakeslee wounded. Major Marcy took over command.
|June 2||Totopotomoy and Gaines’ Mills|
|June 3||Haw’s Shop|
|June 3-12||Cold Harbor|
|June 10||Captain Backus was killed in a skirmish|
|June 11||Bethesda Church|
|June 12||Long Bridge|
|June 15||St. Mary’s Church|
|June 18||Cold Harbor|
Wilson’s raid on south side and Danville R. R.
The regiment marched 300 miles in 10 days, destroying 60 miles of track, fighting four battles and many skirmishes, and stopping nowhere more than four hours.
|June 23||Black and White Station and Nottaway C. H.|
|June 25||Staunton Bridge or Roanoke Station|
|June 28-29||Sappony Church or Stony Creek|
Captain Edward Whitaker of Company E earned the Medal of Honor carrying dispatches for General Meade through an enemy division, losing half his escort of a single troop of cavalry
The regiment rested from the raid and was refitted, remounted, and entirely armed with Spencer carbines.
|July 31||Private Charles Marsh of Company D earned the Medal of Honor for capturing a Confederat stand of colors at Back Creek Valley|
|August||Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign, assigned to Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division|
|September 13||Abraham’s Creek|
|Septembe 14||Captain Rogers’ suqadron surrounded and captured the 8th South Carolina Infantry including its colonel and colors.|
Third Battle of Winchester (Opequan)
|September 20||Near Cedarville|
|September 21||Front Royal Pike|
|October 8-9||Tom’s Brook, “Woodstock Races”|
|October 13||Cedar Creek|
|October 17||Cedar Run Church
Major Marcy and 30 men were captured in a surprise night attack
Commanded by Captain French, took part in Custer’s charge on the right flank that helped destroy the Confederate army
Newtown, Cedar Creek
Commanded by Captain Rogers in a fight with Rosser’s cavalry. Captain Rogers was wounded and 30 men were casualties.
|November||Lieutenant Colonel Ives arrived to take command.|
|November 22||Rude’s Hill, near Mt. Jackson|
|November 24||An enlisted man froze to death in his tent during the night|
Raid to Lacy Springs
Commanded by Major Whitaker, the regiment marched 120 miles in four days, returning to camp with 50 men frost-bitten.
|December 21||Lacy Springs|
Expedition from Winchester to Moorefield, W. Va.
The raid captured Harry Gilmore.
Commanded by Major Godwin, the regiment took part in a flank atack the broke the small Confederate army and captured over 1300 prisoners, 11 guns and 18 stands of colors.
|March 2||Waynesboro and Occupation of Staunton|
Lieutenant Clark was killed and 16 other men became casualties in a charge against Longstreet’s skirmishers.
|March 28-April 9||Appomattox Campaign
Colonel Ives rejoined the regiment, having been detached recruiting.
|March 30-31||Dinwiddie C. H.|
Captain Parmalee was killed in a dismounted attack that captured two guns. General Custer praised the First Connecticut Cavalry for “being the first to leap the enemy’s breatsworks, sieze his cannon, and turn them on the retreating foe.”
|April 2||Fall of Petersburg|
|April 3||Namozine Church|
Captain Edwin M. Neville of Company C and Lieutenant Aaron Lanfare of Company B earned the Medal of Honor for capturing two stands of Confederate colors, Lanfare that of the 11th Florida Infantry Regiment
|April 7||The regiment attacked Lee’s wagons near Harper’s Farm. Colonel Ives led one battalion in a charge against a battery that captured five guns and two stands of colors, while Major Moorhouse with another battalion attacked the head of the column. A mounted charge against Confederate breastworks was repulsed.|
|April 8||Appomattox Station|
Appomattox Court House
Surrender of Lee and his army.
Lieutenant Colonel Whitaker, acting as General Custer’s Chief of Staff, met with General Longstreet to arrange the negotiations for the cease fire. Then the regiment was detailed to escort General Grant to receive Lee’s surrender.
|April 23-29||Expedition to Danville|
|May||Moved to Washington, D.C.|
|May 23||Grand review|
|June||Provost duty at Washington assigned to Cavalry Division, Dept. of Washington|
|July 4||One battalion of the regiment was sent to Gettysburg for the laying of the cornestone of the Soldier’s National Monument.|
|August 2||Mustered out. The regiment was granted the priviledge of returning home mounted, given to no other regiment.|
|August 18||Discharged at New Haven|