Rush's Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War
"The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry, also known as Rush's Lancers, was a completely volunteer unit and one of the finest regiments to serve in the Civil War. Tracing their history from George Washington's personal body guard during the Revolutionary War, many of the men of the Sixth Pennsylvania were the cream of Philadelphia society, including Richard H. Rush, grandson of Dr. Benjamin Rush, Maj. Robert Morris, Jr., great-grandson of the financier of the Revolutionary War, Capt. Charles Cadwalader, whose great-grandfather was a general under George Washington, Frank H. Furness, architect and Medal of Honor recipient, and George G. Meade, Jr. But it was their actions in battle, not their illustrious family histories, that distinguished Rush's Lancers. The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry earned a reputation for being a highly trained and reliable unit, despite being armed initially with antiquated weapons, leaving their mark on key battlefields, including Hanover Court House, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Brandy Station--where they conducted one of the most famous charges of the war--and Appomattox. Drawing upon letters, diaries, memoirs, service and pension files, contemporary newspaper coverage, official records, and other primary sources, Rush's Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War by distinguished military historian Eric J. Wittenberg is an engrossing account of these young men from both Philadelphia's social elite and the city's working classes who, despite not being professional soldiers, answered the Nation's call to war." --Publishers' Website
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Appendix Campaigns of the Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry
5th U.S. Cavalry 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry advance Annals April Army attack Ballentine to Ballentine battle Brandy Station Brig Buford Cadwalader camp campaign Capt captured Cavalry Corps Chaplain Gracey charge Charles Colonel Rush command Company Confederate Confederate cavalry Coover Court House Cowan Damn Hard dismounted division duty enemy fighting fire flank force Ford Frank Furness Geisel George George Meade Gettysburg Gettysburg Campaign Gracey Hooker horse soldiers horsemen Ibid infantry James James River John John Buford July June June 11 Lancers lances Lee's Leiper lieutenant March McClellan Meade Merritt miles Morrow mounted Newhall night O.R. vol officers ordered Philadelphia Inquirer picket Pleasonton Potomac raid railroad Rappahannock Rebel regiment reported Reserve Brigade Richmond River road Rush's Lancers saber Shenandoah Valley Sheridan Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry skirmishers Smith squadron Stoneman Stuart Treichel troopers troops U.S. Cavalry Union veterans Virginia Wesley Merritt William Wittenberg wounded wrote York