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Adjutant and Inspector General Reports

1863 Report

The FIRST REGIMENT of CAVALRY have performed active and laborious service in the field during the year, have participated in many engagements, and have distinguished themselves greatly for their dashing bravery. At times, their services has been very severe. During the early part of the year they were engaged in picket duty in front of Washington, having detachments at Fort Scott, Drainsville, Annandale, Lewinsville and Vienna, and subsequently at Freedom HIll, Warrenton, and Bristow Station. On the first of April they were engaged in a disastrous skirmish, near Drainsville, with Mosby's guerrillas, in which Capt. Henry C. Flint, of Company I, and First Lieut. Charles H. Woodbury, of Company B, both gallant and distinguished officers, were killed, and the loss of enlisted men in killed and wounded was very severe. On the 30th of May, Lieut. Col. Preston, with 125 officers and men, in connection with a detachment of the 5th New York Cavalry, under a most brilliant and successful charge upon 100 guerrillas, who, under Mosby, had attacked and plundered a train of cars near Kettle Run, Va. Company H, under Lieut. John H. Hazelton, and Company C, under Serg't HIll, charged gallantly up a narrow road, in face of the fire of a 12 lb. howitzer strongly posted and desperately defended, capturing the gun and taking many prisoners. I annex Lieut. Col. Preston's report of the engagement.

During the campaign in Maryland and Pennsylvania, in June and July, the regiment, under the command of Lieut. Col. Preston, participated in a series of engagements, in which both officers and men behaved most gallantly. At Hanover, Huntersville, Gettysburgh, Hagerstown and Boonsboro' they fought with the most reckless bravery, and won a reputation second to none. The casualties from June 30 to July 8, were 19 killed and 44 wounded. I annex the report of Lieut. Col. Preston. The regiment is now stationed near Falmouth, Va.

The following is the Roster of the Commissioned Officers of the regiment at the present time.

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Casualties reported since June 1, 1863.

Chaplain John H. Woodward, resigned July 17, 1863.

Capt. John W. Woodward, Co. M, Killed in action, July 6, 1863.

First Lieut. George W. Chase, Co. M, died Aug. 23, 1863.

The casualties among enlisted men, reported since Nov. 1, 1862, have been as follows:--Died 48, Discharged 134.

The following Table shows the station and condition of the regiment at the several dates specified.

(see Legend, below)

FIRST REGIMENT OF CAVALRY.

ABCDEFGH
Nov. 1, 62Fort Scott, Va.951713    
Jan. 31, 63do1034931821029
Feb. 28, "do1005906768114
Mar. 31, "do944846731339
April 29, "Fairfax Court House, Va.851735104318
May 19, "do95084290666
June 19, "do96046102255
July 10, "Boonsboro', Md.815649160123
Sept. 9, "Falmouth, Va.8245702323145

Legend:

A - Date
B - Station
C - Aggregate
D - On Duty
E - Sick
F - Absent with Leave
G - Absent without Leave
H - In arrest or confinement

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