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The Fifth Michigan Cavalry Regiment lost 6 officers and 135 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 officers and 322 enlisted men by disease, totaling 366.

From the monument to the Michigan Cavalry Brigade at Gettysburg:

Fifth Michigan Cavalry Regiment Mustered in at Detroit, Mich, August 30, 1862. Mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kas. June 2nd, 1865.  Total enrollment 1198 officers and men. Killed, 4 officers 94 men. Died of Wounds 1 officer 23 men. Died of disease, 3 officers 233 men. Total casualties 358. Participated in 56 skirmishes and general engagements from Hanover, Pa. June 30, 1863 to Appomattox, Va., April 9, 1865.

August 30 The 5th Michigan Cavalry Regiment was organized at Detroit, Michigan and mustered in.
December 4 Left Michigan for Washington, D.C. Attached to Provisional Cavalry Brigade, Military District of Washington. Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C.
February Attached to Provisional Cavalry Brigade, Casey’s Division, 22nd Corps, Dept. of Washington
February 27-28 Scout from Centreville to Falmouth, Va.
March Attached to 1st Brigade, Stahel’s Cavalry Division, 22nd Corps
April 13 Hauxhurst Mills
June 3

Gettysburg Campaign

June 4 On Lawyer’s Road, near Fairfax Court House and Frying Pan
June 25 Ordered to Join Army of the Potomac in the field. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac
June 27-28 Reconnaissance up the Catoctin Valley
June 28 Occupation of Gettysburg
June 30

Battle of Hanover, Pennsylvnia

July 2

Battle of Hunterstown

July 2-3
Battle of Gettysburg
From the monument on the East Cavalry Battlefield at Gettysburg:

This monument marks the field where the Michigan Cavalry Brigade under its gallant leader General George A. Custer rendered signal and distinguished service in assisting to defeat the further advance of a numerically superior force under the Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart which in conjunction with Pickett’s Charge upon the centre, attempted to turn the right flank of the Union Army at that critical hour of conflict upon the afternoon of July 3rd, 1863.

Field held from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

1st Mich.; killed 10 men, wounded 6 officers 37 men, missing 20 men.
5th Mich.; killed 1 officer 7 men, wounded 1 officer 29 men, missing 18 men.
6th Mich.; killed 1 man, wounded 2 officers 24 men, missing 1 man.
7th Mich.; killed 13 men, wounded 4 officers 44 men, missing 39 men.
Total casualties 257.

July 4

Battle of Monterey Pass

July 5 Smithburg
July 6 Williamsport and Hagerstown
July 8


July 11-13
July 14

Falling Waters

July 14 Williamsport
July 17 Snicker’s Gap
July 17, 18 and 20 Ashby’s Gap
July 24 Battle Mountain, near Newby’s Cross Roads
August 1-8 Expedition from Warrenton Junction between Bull Run and Blue Ridge Mountains
August 24 King George Court House
August 25 Hartwood Church
September 1-3 Expedition to Port Conway
September 1 Lamb’s Creek Church, near Port Conway
September 13-17 Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan
September 13 Culpeper Court House
September 14-16 Raccoon Ford
September 15 Somerville Ford
September 21-23 Reconnaissance across the Rapidan
September 21 Madison Court House
September 21-22 White’s Ford
September 23 Robertson’s Ford
September 30 Woodville
October 8-22

Bristoe Campaign

October 8-10 James City
October 11 Bethesda Church
October 11 Brandy Station
October 11 Near Culpeper
October 12 Hartwood Church
October 14 Grove Church
October 14 Gainesville
October 17-18 Groveton
October 19 Gainesville, Catlett’s Station and Buckland’s Mill
November 7-8 Advance to line of the Rappahannock
November 7 Stevensburg
November 26-
December 2

Mine Run Campaign

November 26 Morton’s Ford
November 26-27 Raccoon Ford
February 6-7 Demonstration on the Rapidan
February 28-March 4

Kilpatrick’s Raid on Richmond

March 1 Fortification of Richmond
March 1 Brooks’ Turnpike
March 3 Near Tunstall’s Station (Detachment)
March Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac
May 3-June 24

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River

May 5-6 Todd’s Tavern
May 6

Brock Road and the Furnaces

May 6-7

Battle of the Wilderness

May 7-8

Todd’s Tavern

May 9-24

Sheridan’s Raid to James River

May 9 Beaver Dam Station
May 11

Yellow Tavern

May 12 Meadow Bridge and fortifications of Richmond
May 21

Hanover Court House

May 24

Haw’s Shop

May 26-28 On line of the Pamunkey
May 27 Hanovertown Ferry, Hanovertown, and Crump’s Creek
May 28-31 On line of the Totopotomoy
May 28

Haw’s Shop and Aenon Church

May 30 Old Church and Mattadequin Creek
May 31-June 1 Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor
June 7-24

Sheridan’s Trevillian Raid

June 11-12

Trevillian Station

June 12 Newark or Mallory’s Cross Roads
June 21 Black Creek or Tunstall’s Station
June 21 White House or St. Peter’s Church
June 23 Jones’ Bridge
July 27-29 Demonstration north of the James River
July 27-28 Deep Bottom
August The Fifth Michigan Cavalry Regiment was ordered to Washington, D. C. and the Middle Military Division.
August 7-
November 28

Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign

Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac

August 11 Tell Gate, near White Post and Winchester
August 16 Cedarville or Front Royal
August 19 Snicker’s Gap Pike
August 19-20 Near Berryville
August 25 Kearneysville and Shepherdstown
August 29 Leetown-Smithfield
August 29 Smithfield Crossing, Opequan
September 13 Locke’s Ford, Opequan Creek
September 15 Sevier’s Ford, Opequan Creek
September 19

Third Battle of Winchester (Opequan)

September 21

Fisher’s Hill

September 22 Milford
September 24 Luray
September 26-28 Port Republic
October 2 Mt. Crawford
October 8 Luray Valley
October 8-9

Tom’s Brook, “Woodstock Races,”

October 19

Battle of Cedar Creek

November 11 Near Kernstown
November 18 Loudon County
November 28-
December 3
Expedition into Loudoun and Faquier Counties
December 19-28 Raid to Gordonsville
December 21 Madison Court House
December 22 Liberty Mills
December 23 Near Gordonsville
February 13-17 Expedition to Little Fort Valley
February 27-March 25

Sheridan’s Expedition from Winchester

March 2 Occupation of Staunton and Waynesboro
March 8 Duguidsville
March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

March 30-31

Dinwiddie Court House

April 1

Battle of 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 1 Moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
June 23The The Fifth Michigan Cavalry Regiment mustered out. Veterans and Recruits were transferred to the 1st Michigan Cavalry Regiment.