1st Michigan Volunteer Cavalry Regiment

1st Regiment Michigan Volunteer Cavalry

Michigan state flag
Active August 21, 1861 to March 10, 1866
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Cavalry
Engagements Battle of Winchester
Battle of Cedar Mountain
Battle of Second Bull Run
Battle of Gettysburg
Kilpatrick's Raid on Richmond
Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of Yellow Tavern
Battle of Cedar Creek
Battle of Five Forks
Battle of Sailor's Creek

The 1st Regiment Michigan Volunteer Cavalry was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was a part of the famed Michigan Brigade, commanded for a time by Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer.


The 1st Michigan Cavalry was organized at Detroit, Michigan between August 21 and September 6, 1861. Among the initial officers was William d'Alton Mann, a future prominent Michigan newspaper and magazine publisher.

The regiment was mustered out of service on September 12, 1865.

Total strength and casualties

Over the span of its existence, the regiment carried a total of 2705 men on its muster rolls.[1]

The regiment suffered 14 officers and 150 enlisted men killed in action or mortally wounded and 6 officers and 244 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 414 fatalities.[2]


See also


  1. http://www.michiganinthewar.org/rosters.htm Michigan in the Civil War website, retrieved July 4, 2007)
  2. http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unmicav.htm#1st The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959. Retrieved June 19, 2007.


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