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Harlan's Light Cavalry
Light Cavalry Soldier Roster - Official Roster of the Soldiers of the
State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Volume 11, by Ohio
Roster Commission (Joseph B. Foraker, Governor, James S. Robinson, Sec'y of
State and H. A. Axline, Adjutant-General), 1886
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|Harlan's Light Cavalry. — Capts., Noah M. Runyan,
Gerard Reynolds, Samuel N. Titus, Irvin Bacon; First Lieuts., William H.
Kilmer, Hiram H. Eggleston, J. Samuel Weaver; Second Lieut, Isaac A.
Smallwood. This company was organized at Camp Chase, by Capt. Noah M.
Runyan, under an order from the secretary of war, Simon Cameron,
authorizing Col. Josiah Harlan to raise an independent regiment of
cavalry, the intention being to have companies from twelve different
states. It was subsequently found, however, that the laws of Congress
did not authorize the recruiting of single companies in a state. This
company was therefore attached to the 11th Pa. cavalry and designated as
Co. M. The company was mustered into the U. S. service Sept. 1, 1861, at
Camp Chase, for three years, and proceeded at once to join the 11th Pa.
at Hesterville, a suburb of Philadelphia. From Philadelphia the company
was sent with its regiment to Ball's cross-roads, Va., where it went
into camp. Its active campaigning commenced in the spring of 1863. It
was at the siege of Suffolk, Co. M being stationed at South mills as an
outpost, guarding the approach in that direction. It participated in the
attack on the enemy's works, near Hanover Court House, which resulted in
the capture of 125 Confederate prisoners, among them Brig.-Gen. W. H. F.
Lee, 700 horses and mules, 80 wagons, and other property. After
reenlisting the company, in May, 1864, accompanied Brig.-Gen. A. V.
Kautz in his operations against the Weldon railroad, Danville railroad,
etc. At Jarratt's station the company lost 1 man killed and 11 wounded.
At Reams' station the regiment engaged the enemy for three days, almost
without intermission, with some loss. In March, 1865, it crossed the
James and Appomattox rivers, and followed the fortunes of Sheridan's
command until the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. It was mustered out on
Aug. 13, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2