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Federal Regiment

12th Pennsylvania Cavalry

"Curtin Hussars"
Organized: Philadelphia, PA; mustered in 4/20/62
Disbanded/Mustered out: Winchester, VA 7/20/1865

 

Commanding Officer at Antietam:
  Maj. James A. Congdon

 

This Regiment's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of the Potomac
  Division - Pleasonton's Cavalry Division
  Brigade - 4th Brigade, Cavalry Division


Unit history

Organized between December 1861 and April 1862, at Philadelphia. "It was past the middle of July [1862] before the command was mounted, and little progress had been made in training and discipline, before active operations commenced."
(from Bates)

Major Titus, in command on the Manassas Campaign, was captured by the enemy on 26 August 1862, and Major Congdon assumed command.

On the Antietam Campaign

At South Mountain on 14 September, the regiment was assigned to Sumner's II Corps, and was in reserve. On the 17th at Sharpsburg the Regiment was on independent duty to aid the Provost Marshall in handling Confederate prisoners and Federal stragglers in the rear of the I and XII Corps on the right of the Federal position. On the 18th they were on reconaissance to Harpers Ferry.

Battlefield Tablets for this Unit

Tablet #122: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 10 AM to 17 Sep, 6 PM
Tablet #21: Cavalry Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 8 PM
Tablet #121: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 8 AM to 17 Sep, 6 PM

More on the Web

See a very fine site about the Regiment by James Stump, including a page with great detail on their role on the Maryland Campaign.

References & Notes

Source: Bates, Samuel P., History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: 1868-1871, extracted online at Pennsylvania in the Civil War by Alice J. Gayley.

We have 2 individuals in the AotW database for this unit:

 

Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
EPvtBub, George MWIA   09/17
F&SMajCongdon, James Adams        We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person

 

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