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“Cameron Dragoons”

The 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment lost 1 officer and 76 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 6 officers and 210 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

1861
July – September Organized at Philadelphia under Colonel Max Friedman
August 22 Moved to Washington, D.C.
September Duty in the Dept. of Washington, D.C. attached to Smith’s Division, Army Potomac
December 18 Reconnaissance to Pohick Church,Va. (Companies C, F & H)
1862
February 6 Fairfax C. H.
February 7 Flint Hill and Hunter’s Mill
February 22 Expedition to Vienna and Flint Hill
March Duty near Alexandria attached to 4th Army Corps, Army Potomac
March 9 Colonel Friedman resigned.
March 12 Colonel David Campbell of the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry transferred over to take command of the regiment.
May 8 Ordered to Yorktown, Va.
May 10 Scouting about Gloucester Point (Companies A, B, E & L)
May 12 Scouting about Williamsburg
May 23-24 Skirmishes at Mechanicsville
June 25-July 1 Seven days before Richmond (Companies I & K)
June 29 Savage Station
June 30 White Oak Swamp Bridge
July 1 Malvern Hill
July 7-9 Reconnaissance from Yorktown to Gloucester, Matthews and King and Queen Counties (Companies B, E, L & M)
July-September 8 Duty at Yorktown and Williamsburg
September 9 Williamsburg and Fort Magruder
October 13 Colonel Campbell resigned
December 11-15 Reconnaissance from Yorktown to Gloucester, Matthews, King and Queen and Middlesex Counties
December 17 Reconnaissance to Burnt Ordinary
December Assigned to West’s Advance Brigade, 4th Corps, Dept. Virginia
1863
January 7-9 Expedition to West Point and White House (Detachment)
January 19 Burnt Ordinary
February 5 Near Olive Creek Church (Companies L & M)
February 7 Williamsburg and Olive Branch Church
March 23 and 29 Williamsburg
April 11 Whittaker’s Mills
June 5-13 Reconnaissance through Gates County and down Chowan River
June 14 Nine Mile Ordinary
June 20 Diascund Bridge
June 24-July 8 Dix’s Peninsula Campaign. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia
June 28 Barnesville
June 29 Baltimore Cross Roads
July 1-7 Expedition from White House to Bottom’s Bridge. Attached to Wistar’s Brigade, Yorktown, Va., Dept. Virginia and North Carolina
July 1 Baltimore Cross Roads
July 2 Bottom’s Bridge
August Attached to U.S. Forces, Portsmouth, Va., Dept. Virginia and North Carolina
August 26-29 Expedition to Bottom’s Bridge
August 28 New Kent C. H.
August 29 Bottom’s Bridge
September 8 Ordered to Norfolk, Va. and duty about Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va.
September 13 Companies C, D, F, H & I at South Mills, N. C.

Companies A, B, E, G, K, L & M at Great Bridge.

September 15-20 Expedition to Indiantown, N. C. (Company D)
September 15 Near Kempsville. Companies F and H at Drummond Lake.
September 20 Indiantown
September 22 Companies C, F, H and I advance to Raleigh
September 23 Companies A, B, L and M to Currituck C. H.
September 30 Affair on Back Bay (Detachment)
October 13 Scout from Great Bridge to Indiantown, N. C. (Detachment)
October 16-17 Bingo Landing (Detachment)
October 17 Camden C. H.
October 20 Regiment assembled at Great Bridge
December 5-24 Expedition from Norfolk to South Mills, Camden, etc., N. C. Attached to District Currituck, Dept. Virginia and North Carolina
1864
January Duty at Yorktown and in District of the Currituck assigned to Heckman’s Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept. Virginia and North Carolina
February 4 Bottom’s Bridge
February 6-8 Wistar’s Expedition toward Richmond
February 29-March 1 Ballahock on Bear Quarter Road and Deep Creek
March 1 Ballahock Station near Dismal Swamp Canal
March 2 Deep Creek
April Attached to 2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, Army of the James
April 13-15 Reconnaissance from Portsmouth to the Blackwater (Detachment)
April 29 Robert M. West was promoted to colonel
May 5-11 Kautz’s Raid on Petersburg & Weldon Railroad. Assigned to 1st Brigade, Kautz’s Cavalry Division, Dept. Virginia and North Carolina
May 5 Birch Island Bridges
May 7 Stony Creek Station and Jarrett’s Station
May 8 White’s Bridge, Nottaway Creek, May 8. Nottaway Railroad Bridge
May 8-9 Jarrett’s Station
May 12-17 Kautz’s Raid on Richmond & Danville Railroad
May 13 Coalfield Station
May 14 Powhatan Station
May 16 Belcher’s Mills
June 9 Petersburg
June 15-18 First Assault on Petersburg
June Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond
June 20 Roanoke Station
June 22-July 2 Wilson’s Raid on South Side & Danville Railroad
June 25 Staunton River Bridge or Roanoke Station
June 28-29 Sappony Church, Stony Creek
June 29 Ream’s Station
July 27-29 Demonstration north of the James at Deep Bottom
July 30 Malvern Hill
September 29-30 Chaffin’s Farm, New Market Heights
October 7-13 Darbytown Road
October 26 Charles City Cross Roads
October 27-28 Battle of Fair Oaks
December 10 Darbytown Road
1865
March 28-April 9 Appomattox Campaign
March 31 Dinwiddie C. H.
April 1 Battle of Five Forks
April 2 Gravelly Ford on Hatcher’s Run
April 4-5 Near Amelia C. H.
April 6 Burkesville and Sailor’s Creek
April 7 Prince Edward’s C. H.
April 9
Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army.

April Duty at Richmond, Va., and in District of Henrico, Dept. of Virginia assigned to Cavalry Brigade, Dept. of Virginia
July Assigned to Richmond, Va., District Henrico, Dept. Virginia
August 7 Mustered out
August 16 Discharged at Philadelphia, Pa.