United States Regiments & Batteries > New York > Oneida Cavalry Company

The Oneida New York Independent Cavalry Company lost eleven enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

The Oneida Cavalry was unique in that it was the only unit to serve at the headquarters of every general of the Army of the Potomac throughout the war, and is the only independent company-sized unit to serve throughout the war.

Organized in Oneida, Madison County, New York by Daniel P. Mann, a 49 year old Oneida businessman with a wife and three children.
September 4 Eighty nine men were mustered in for three years service under the command of Captain Daniel P. Mann, First Lieutenant James E. Jenkins and Second Lieutenant Frank Vane. Twenty two men were from Oneida and 55 from Madison County, coming from Salisbury, Stockbridge, Hamilton, Otisco, Eaton, Nelson Flatts, Vienna and Chittenango.
September 6 Moved by train to Washington, D.C. and attached to Stoneman’s Cavalry Command, Army of the Potomac
April Assigned to Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, performing escort and guard duty and providing couriers and orderlies. As time went on they were also used on picket, raiding, reconnaissance, patrol and provost duties.
September 17

Battle of Antietam

May 1-3

Battle of Chancellorsville

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The company was commanded at Gettysburg by Captain Daniel P. Mann. It brought 49 men to the field and suffered no casualties.

May 17 Privates Anson Harrington and Peter Nevin were captured carrying despatches at Belle Plain, Virginia. Private Nevin escaped in June and returned to the company. Private Harrington was paroled in December.
June A detachment of 22 men under the command of Second Lieutenant Almond L. Clark was permanently assigned to General Grant’s headquarters at City Point, Virginia.
September Three years service men were mustered out
December 10 Captain Mann mustered out. Lieutenant James E. Jenkins took command of the company
January 18 Lieutenant James E. Jenkins was promoted to captain
June 13 The Oneida New York Independent Cavalry Company mustered out and was honorably discharged from service under the command of Captain Jenkins