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4th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Organized: Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburg; mustered in 9/1861
Disbanded/Mustered out: 7/1/1865

 

Commanding Officers at Antietam:
  Col. James H. Childs
  LCol. James K. Kerr

 

This Regiment's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of the Potomac
  Division - Pleasonton's Cavalry Division
  Brigade - 3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division


On the Antietam Campaign

"In the movement into Maryland, the army being again under General McClellan, the Fourth had the advance until it reached Frederick City, when it was assigned to General Averill's Brigade. The illness of the latter preventing him from taking the field, the command of the brigade devolved upon Colonel Childs, that of the regiment upon Lieutenant Colonel Kerr."

"The brigade crossed the Antietam with the troops upon the left, and was posted in front of the Stone Bridge, where the Fourth supported Clark's Battery and held the line upon its right. A single solid shot, which fell in the midst of the squadron supporting these guns, killed two men and four horses. Colonel Childs was among the killed in this battle."
(from Bates)

Capt Young led a squadron of the Regiment in advance of the Regular Infantry (as skirmishers) in the afternoon of 17 September in their advance toward the town of Sharpsburg along the Boonsboro Pike.

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Battlefield Tablets for this Unit

Tablet #122: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 10 AM to 17 Sep, 6 PM
Tablet #91: Third Brigade, Cavalry Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 3 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

References & Notes

Source: Bates, Samuel P., History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: 1868-1871, extracted online at Pennsylvania in the Civil War. See more about the Regiment and its field officers on behind AotW.

We have 8 individuals in the AotW database for this unit:

 

Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
BPvtBoyce, John WIA   09/17
BPvtUnverzahart, William         We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
BCaptYoung, Samuel Baldwin Marks        We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
CPvtBarber, John         We have some details for this person
MPvtDaunt, William KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
F&SColChilds, James HarveyKIA   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
F&SMajCovode, George Hay        We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
F&SLColKerr, James K        We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person

 

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