United States Regiments & Batteries > Michigan > Seventh Michigan Cavalry Regiment

The Seventh Michigan Cavalry Regiment lost 4 officers and 81 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 officers and 256 enlisted men by disease, a total of 343. The regiment, along with the other regiments of the Wolverine Brigade, is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

From the monument to the Michigan Cavalry Brigade at Gettysburg:

Seventh Michigan Cavalry Regiment Mustered in at Grand Rapids, Mich. Jan. 16, 1863. Mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kas. Dec. 16, 1865.  Total enrollment 1779 officers and men. Killed 2 officers 47 men. Died of wounds 2 officers 24 men. Died of disease 1 officer 246 men. Total casualties 322. Participated in 56 skirmishes and general engagements from Hanover, Pa. June 30, 1863 to Appomattox, Va., April 9, 1865.

October 1862 –
June 1863
The Seventh Michigan Cavalry Regiment was organized at Grand Rapids, Michigan.
February 20 1st Battalion left the State for Washington, D.C.
May Balance of Regiment left State for Washington, D.C. Attached to Provisional Cavalry Brigade, Casey’s Division, Defenses of Washington, 22nd Corps
April Attached to 1st Brigade, Stahel’s Cavalry Division, 22nd Corps, Dept. of Washington
May 21 Action at Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia
May 30 Greenwich
June Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac
June 27-28 Expedition up the Catoctin Valley
June 28 Occupation of Gettysburg, Pennsulvania
June 30

Battle of Hanover, Pennsylvnia

July 2

Battle of Hunterstown

July 1-3

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 19 Snicker’s Gap
August 1-8 Expedition from Warrenton Junction, between Bull Run and Blue Ridge Mountains
August 15 Hartwood Church
August 24 King George Court House
September 1-3 Expedition to Port Conway
September 13-17 Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan
September 13 Culpeper Court House
September 14-16 Raccoon Ford
September 17 Raccoon Ford
September 21-23 Reconnaissance across the Rapidan
September 21-22 White’s Ford
September 22 Orange Court House
October 8-22

Bristoe Campaign

October 8 Robertson’s River
October 8-10 Jams City
October 10 Bethesda Church
October 11 Near Culpeper and Brandy Station
October 14 Gainesville
October 17-18 Groveton
October 19 Gainesville, Catlett’s Station and Buckland’s Mills
November 6 Near Falmouth
November 7-8 Advance to line of the Rappahannock
November 8 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

Fortifications of Richmond and Atlee’s

March Assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac
May 3-June 24

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

May 5-6 Todd’s Tavern
May 6

Brook Road and the Furnaces

May 7-8

Todd’s Tavern

May 9-24

Sheridan’s Raid to the James River

May 9 Beaver Dam Station
May 11
Yellow Tavern
May 12 Meadow Bridge and fortifications of Richmond
May 16 Malvern Hill
May 21 Hanover Court House
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 21-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 Black Creek, or Tunstall’s Station, and White House, or St. Peter’s Church
June 23 Jones’ Bridge
July 11-12

Fort Stevens and along Northern Defenses of Washington (Detachment)

July 27-29 Demonstration North of the James River
July 27-29 Deep Bottom
August Ordered to Washington, D.C. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac
August 7

Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign

August 11 Tell Gate, near White Post, and near Winchester
August 16 Cedarville, or Front Royal
August 23 Kearneysville
August 25 Kearneysville and Shephardstown
August 28 Leetown and Smithfield
September 29 Smithfield Crossing of the Opequan
September 13 Locke’s Ford, Opequan Creek
September 15 Sevier’s Ford, Opequan
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 Mr. Crawford
October 6 Salem Church
October 8 Luray Valley
October 8-9

Tom’s Brook (“Woodstock Races”)

October 19

Battle of Cedar Creek

November 7 Edenburg
November 11 Near Kernstown
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 28 –
March 25

Sheridan’s Raid from Winchester to James River

March 2 Occupation of Staunton and action at 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 Bend Creek
April 6

Sailor’s Creek

April 8

Appomattox Station

April 9

Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army

April 23-27 Expedition to Danville
May March to Washington, D.C.
May 23 Grand Review
June 1 Moved to Leavenworth, Kansas; District of the Plains, Dept. of Missouri; Powder River Expedition and operations against Indians in District of the Plains and Dakota
September Moved to District of Dakota
December 15 The Seventh Michigan Cavalry Regiment mustered out. Veterans and recruits transferred to 1st Michigan Cavalry Regiment.