The Civil War in the East

1st New York Regiment Mounted Rifles


The First New York Mounted Rifles lost 2 officers and 30 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 124 enlisted men to disease and accidents during the Civil War.




Organized at New York City as a Squadron of two companies, A and B, for duty in the Dept. of Virginia

July 30

Left state and mustered in at Fortress Monroe, Va. for duty at Fortress Monroe and at Camp Hamilton, Va. attached to District of Fortress Monroe, Dept. of Virginia

September 18

Company C organized at Newburg, N.Y., and mustered in under Major C. C. Dodge

October 16

Company D organized at Newburg, N.Y., and mustered in

December 6

Companies C and D left state for Norfork


March 8-9

Action in Hampton Roads, Newport News between U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia

April 4

Howard's Bridge (Companies A and B)

April 5

Near Lee's Mills (Companies A and B)

May 10

Tranter's Creek, Norfolk, Va.

May 14

Suffolk, Va.

May 27-31

Reconnaissance to Edenton, N. C.

June - August

Companies E - H organized at New York City and mustered in

June 30

Hertford, N. C.


Duty at Suffolk, Va. assigned to Division at Suffolk, Va., 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia

July 10



Companies E - H left state for Norfolk. Companies I - M organized at New York City and mustered in. Major Dodge promoted to colonel.

September 4

South Mills

September 15


September 19

Companies I - M join regiment

September 28


October 4

Blackwater near Zuni

October 20 and 25


October 31

Near Franklin

November 3


November 12

Providence Church

November 14

Blackwater Bridge and Zuni

November 15

Zuni Bridge

November 17

Near Carrsville

November 18


November 25


December 7

South Quay

December 8 and 11-13

Zuni near Blackwater

December 12

Joyner's Ford

December 22

Isle of Wight Court House

December 28

Providence Church Road


January 9

Ely's House near Providence Church

January 11

Burnt Ordinary

January 20

Jacksonville, N. C.

January 30

Deserted House

February 7

Edenton, N. C.

March 7-9

Reconnaissance from Suffolk

March 7


March 9

Near Windsor

March 31

Blackwater Bridge

April 11-May 4

Siege of Suffolk. Assigned to Cavalry, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia

April 11

South Quay Road

April 12-13

Edenton, Providence Church and Somerton Roads

April 15

Edenton Road

May 3

Providence Church Road, Chuckatuck and Reed's Ferry

May 4

Lake Drummond

May 12

Blackwater Bridge

May 16

Near Suffolk and Cartsville

May 17

Scott's Mills

May 18

Near Blackwater, Windsor Road

May 23

Antioch and Barber's Cross Roads

May 31

Blackwater Bridge

June 8

South Mills

June 12

South Quay Road

July 5

Camden, N. C.


Assigned to Cavalry Brigade, U.S. Forces, Portsmouth, Va., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina

July 12 and 22


July 25-August 2

Raid to destroy railroad at Weldon

July 28


August 11-19

Expedition from Portsmouth to Edenton, N. C.

August 15


August 18


August 26-29

Expedition from Williamsburg to Bottom's Bridge

August 29

Barhamsville, Slatersville, New Kent Court House, Crump's Cross Roads and Bottom's Bridge

October 4-9

Expedition to Matthews County. Assigned to U.S. Forces, Yorktown, Va., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina

November 8

Near Williamsburg

November 16

Charles City Cross Roads

December 12-14

Expedition to Charles City Court House

December 13

Charles City Court House


January 19

New Kent Court House


Attached to Cavalry Brigade and Wistar's Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina

January 19-24

Scouting from Williamsburg

February 6-8

Wistar's Expedition toward Richmond

February 7

Bottom's Bridge

March 1-4

Expedition from Yorktown to New Kent Court House in aid of Kilpatrick

March 2

White House

March 9-12

Expedition into King and Queen County

March 9


March 10

Carlton's Store

March 25

Matthews County Court House


Attached to Army of the James

April 27-29

Expedition from Williamsburg

April 27

Twelve Mile Ordinary

April 28

Twelve Mile Ordinary

May 4-28

Butler's operations on south side of James River and against Richmond and Petersburg

May 7

Chester Station, Port Walthall Junction

May 8-10

Swift Creek or Arrowfield Church

May 11

Proctor's Creek

May 12-16

Operations against Fort Darling

May 12

Wier Bottom Church

May 14

Clover Hill Junction

May 14-16

Drury's Bluff

May 16

Petersburg & Richmond Railroad

May 17

Bottom's Church

May 18-26

Bermuda Hundred

June 2

Walthall Junction

June 5

West Point

June 8-10


June 15-18

Assaults on Petersburg

June 16 - March 27

Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond

June 23

Deep Bottom


Attached to Cavalry Brigade, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina

July 11

Surrey Court House

July 21

Richmond & Petersburg Railroad

July 27-29

Deep Bottom

August 14-18

Strawberry Plains

September 16

Cox's Mills

September 29-October 1

Chaffin's Farm


Attached to 3rd Brigade, Kautz's Cavalry Division, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina

October 13 and 16

Darbytown Road

October 27-28

Fair Oaks

December 21

Cone's Creek


February 5

White Oak Swamp

March 5-8

Expedition from Fort Monroe to Fredericksburg. Attached to Headquarters, Dept. of Virginia

March 11-13

Expedition from Fort Monroe into Westmoreland County

March 11


March 12

Near Windsor

March 17

Near New Kent Court House

March 18

Seven Pines

March 19

White House

March 28-April 11

Expedition from Deep Bottom to near Weldon, N. C. Attached to District of Eastern Virginia, Dept. of Virginia

April 4

Weldon Railroad

April 5

Murfreesboro, N. C.

April 7


April 17

Near Jackson


Duty at Fredericksburg, Va., Dept. of Va.

July 21

Mustered out by consolidation with 3rd New York Cavalry to form 4th Provisional Cavalry.

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