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Harlan's Light Cavalry

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Harlan's 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     View Entire Book

Regimental History
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.

Footnotes:
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 2

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