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The 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment lost 6 officers and 98 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 128 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

1862
September – November Organized at Harrisburg under the command of Colonel Josiah H. Kellogg.
November 25 Left State for Washington, D.C. and Camp at East Capital Hill, Defenses of Washington. Attached to Cavalry Brigade, 11th Corps, Army Potomac
December 19 Skirmish at Occoquan, Dumfries, Va.
December 19-20 &
27-28
Occoquan
December 29 Frying Pan, near Chantilly
1863
February 6, 1863 Wiggenton’s Mills. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army Potomac,
April 28 Kelly’s Ford
April 26-May 8 Chancellorsville Campaign
April 29 Rapidan River
April 30-May 6 Chancellorsville
June 9.
Battle of Brandy Station

Commanded by Colonel Josiah H. Kellogg.

June 21 Upperville
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel Josiah H. Kellogg. It brought 448 men to the field, losing four wounded.

The 17th was part of the Cavalry Corps, but Companies D & H were detached to 5th Corps HQ. Company K was detached to 11th Corps HQ.

From the monument:

The Regiment held this position on the morning of July 1, 1863, from 5 O’clock until the arrival of First Corps troops. The Brigade then moved to the right, covering the roads to Carlisle and Harrisburg and holding the enemy in check until relieved by troops of the Eleventh Corps. It then took position on the right flank of the infantry, and, later, aided in covering the retreat of the 11th Corps to Cemetery Hill, where it went into position with the Division on the left of the army.

July 6 Williamsport, Md.
July 8 Boonsboro
July 9 Benevola or Beaver Creek
July 10-13 Funkstown
July 14 Falling Water
July 30-August 1 Kelly’s Ford
August 1 Brandy Station
August 30-September 2 Expedition from Leesburg
September 13-17 Advance to the Rapidan
September 13 Brandy Station and Culpeper C. H.
September 14-16 Raccoon Ford
September 21-23 Reconnaissance across the Rapidan
September 22 Jack’s Shop, Madison C. H.
October 9-22 Bristoe Campaign
October 10 Raccoon Ford and Morton’s Ford
October 11 Stevensburg and near Kelly’s Ford
October 12 Brandy Station or Fleetwood
October 15 Oak Hill
November 7-8 Advance to line of the Rappahannock
November 26-December 2 Mine Run Campaign
November 29 Parker’s Store
1864
February 6-7 Demonstration on the Rapidan
February 28-March 4 Kilpatrick’s Raid on Richmond
March 1 Fortifications of Richmond and Ashland
April 28 Reconnaissance to Madison C. H.
May-June Rapidan Campaign
May 5-7 Wilderness
May 6 Brock Road and the Furnaces
May 7-8 Todd’s Tavern
May 9-24 Sheridan’s Raid to the James River
May 9-10 North Anna River
May 11 Ground Squirrel Church and Yellow Tavern
May 12 Meadow Bridge
May 26-28 Line of the Pamunkey
May 26 Hanovertown
May 27 Hanovertown Ferry and Hanovertown
May 28 Crump’s Creek
May 28 Haw’s Shop
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
May 30 Old Church and Mattadequin Creek
May 31-June 1 Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor
June 1 Bottom’s Bridge
June 7-24 Sheridan’s Trevillian Raid
June 11-12 Trevillian Station
June 12 Newark or Mallory’s Cross Roads
June 21 White House or St. Peter’s Church and Black Creek or Tunstall Station
June 22 Baltimore Cross Road
June 23 Jones’ Bridge
July 27-29 Demonstration on north side of the James at Deep Bottom
August 7 Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign, attached to the Army of the Shenandoah
August 11 Toll Gate, near White Post and near Newtown
August 16 Cedarville, Guard Hill or Front Royal
August 21 Summit Point
August 25 Kearneysville and Shepherdstown
August 28 Leetown and Smithfield
August 29 Smithfield Crossing of the Opequan
September 6 Berryville
September 15 Sevier’s Ford, Opequan Creek
September 19 Third Battle of Winchester (Opequan)
September 20 Middletown and Strasburg
September 24 Near Winchester and Smithfield
September 29 and October 1 Battle of Fisher’s Hill
October 11 Newtonia
November 16 Winchester
November 28-December 3 Expedition from Winchester into Fauquier and Loudoun Counties
December 19-28 Expedition to Gordonsville
December 21 Madison C. H.
December 22 Liberty Mills
December 23 Near Gordonsville
1865
February 27-March 25 Sheridan’s Expedition from Winchester
March 2 Occupation of Staunton; Waynesboro
March 28-April 9 Appomattox Campaign. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac
March 30-31 Dinwiddie C. H.
April 1 Five Forks
April 2 Scott’s Cross Roads
April 4 Tabernacle Church or Beaver Pond Creek
April 6 Sailor’s Creek
April 8 Appomattox Station
April 9
Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army.

April 23-29 Expedition to Danville
May March to Washington, D.C.
May 23 Grand Review
June 17 Consolidated with 1st and 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry to form 2nd Provisional Cavalry