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“Young’s Kentucky Light Cavalry”

The Third Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment lost 1 officer and 41 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 125 enlisted men to disease in the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

1861
July – August Organized at Philadelphia under Colonel William H. Young as the 60th Pennsylvania Volunteers and redesigned 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment.
August Moved to Washington, D.C. and attached to Porter’s Division, Army of the Potomac for duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C.
September 16 Skirmish at Magruder’s Ferry
September 27 Springfield Station
October 31 Colonel Young resigned. William W. Averell was promoted to colonel.
November 26 Hunter’s Mills or Vienna (Co. F)
December 3 Vienna (Cos. F and M)
1862
March Attached to Cavalry, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
March 10-15 Advance on Manassas, Va.
March 14-16 Reconnaissance to Cedar Run
March 22-30 Moved to the Virginia Peninsula
April 4 Howard’s Mills; Near Cockletown (Co. A)
April 5 Warwick Road
April 5-May 4 Siege of Yorktown
May 4 Cheese Cake Church; Near Williamsburg
May 5 Battle of Williamsburg
May 25-26 Expedition to James River (Detachment Co. I)
May 31-June 1 Battle of Seven Pines, Fair Oaks
June 8 New Market Road (Cos. D, K)
June 25-July 1 Seven days before Richmond
June Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac
June 29 Savage Station
June 29-30 James River Road near Fair Oaks (Detachment)
June 30 Jones’ Bridge and Jordan’s Ford
July Attached to 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, Army of the Potomac
July 1 White Oak Church
July 2 Malvern Hill
July 10 Reconnaissance toward White Oak Church
July 31 Reconnaissance to Jones’ Ford
August Attached to 5th Brigade, Pleasanton’s Cavalry Division
August 2-8 To Malvern Hill
August 3 Sycamore Church
August 4 White Oak Swamp Bridge
August 5 Malvern Hill
August 26 Warrenton
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam
September 19 Sharpsburg; Shepherdstown Ford
September 26 Colonel Averell was promoted to brigadier general. John B. McIntosh was promoted to colonel.
September 27 Harper’s Ferry
October 9 Four Locks, Md.
October 16-17 Reconnaissance to Smithfield
November Attached to Averill’s Cavalry Brigade, Centre Grand Division, Army of the Potomac
November 2-3 Bloomfield
November 4 Markham Station
November 5-6 Manassas Gap
November 9 Newby’s Cross Roads
November 10 Newby’s Cross Roads near Amissville
November 28 Near Hartwood Church
December 1 Reconnaissance to Grove Church
December 12-15 Battle of Fredericksburg
December 29-31 Expedition to Richard’s and Ellis’ Fords, Rappahannock River
1863
February Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac
February 5-7 Operations at Rappahannock Bridge and Grove Church
February 25 Hartwood Church
March 17 Kelly’s Ford
April 27-May 8 Chancellorsville Campaign, Stoneman’s Raid
May 17 Near Dumfries (Detachment)
June 9
Battle of Brandy Station

Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Edward S. Jones.

June 17 Aldie
June 21 Upperville
June 22 Aldie
June 29 Lisbon or Poplar Springs
June 30 Westminster
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Edward S. Jones. It brought 394 men to the field, losing 15 wounded and 6 missing.

From the monument:

July 2nd 1863. Reached the field at noon from Hanover. Engaged dismounted a Confederate Brigade of Infantry on Brinkerhoff’s Ridge from 6 to 10 p.m. July 3rd engaged mounted and dismounted with the Confederate Cavalry Division on this field from 2 p.m. until evening portions of the Regiment. Advancing in a mounted charge and driving the enemy beyond the Rummel Farm Buildings.

July 4 Emmettsburg
July 10 Old Antietam Forge near Leitersburg
July 14 Near Harper’s Ferry
September 15-16 Shepherdstown
July to September Scouting and picketing Upper Rappahannock
September 10-11 Scout to Middleburg
September 13-17 Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan
September 13 Culpeper Court House
October 6 Near Catlett’s Station (Detachment)
October 9-22 Bristoe Campaign
October 12-13 Warrenton or White Sulphur Springs
October 14 Auburn and Bristoe; Brentsville
November 7-8 Advance to line of the Rappahannock
November 26-December 2 Vine Run Campaign
November 27 New Hope Church
December 3 Ellis Ford
1864
February 17-18 Scout to Piedmont
February 28 Sprigg’s Ford (Co. L)
March Assigned to Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Provost Marshal General’s Command
May-June Campaign from the Rapidan to the James
May 5-7 Battle of the Wilderness
May 8-21 Battle of Spottsylvania Court House
May 21 Guinea Station
May 23-26 North Anna River
May 26-28 On line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
June 1-12 Battle of Cold Harbor
June 16 Before Petersburg
June 16-18 Assaults on Petersburg
June 29 Charles City Cross Roads
July 21 Colonel McIntosh was promoted to brigadier general.
July 27 Consolidated to a Battalion of three companies
August 16 Edward S. Jones was promoted to colonel.
August 24 Non-Veterans on duty in Cumberland Valley until mustered out
December 9-10 Reconnaissance to Hatcher’s Run
December 9 Hatcher’s Run
1865
February 5-7 Battle of Dabney’s Mills, or Hatcher’s Run
April 2 Fall of Petersburg
April 3-9 Pursuit of Lee to Appomattox C. H.
May 4-8 Provost duty at Richmond
May 8 Transferred to 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry