12th Pennsylvania Cavalry"Curtin Hussars"
Organized: Philadelphia, PA; mustered in 4/20/62
Disbanded/Mustered out: Winchester, VA 7/20/1865
|Commanding Officer: |
Maj. James A. Congdon
|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
This Regiment's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of the Potomac
Division - Pleasonton's Cavalry Division
Brigade - 4th Brigade, Cavalry Division
History of the Unit:
Organized between December 1861 and April 1862, at Philadelphia. "It was past the middle of July  before the command was mounted, and little progress had been made in training and discipline, before active operations commenced."
Major Titus, in command on the Manassas Campaign, was captured by the enemy on 26 August 1862, and Major Congdon assumed command.
In 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.
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, Sources, and other 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.
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