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8th New York Cavalry

 

Commanding Officer at Antietam:
  Col. Benjamin F. Davis

 

Arms:
   Sharps Carbine

 

This Regiment's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of the Potomac
  Division - Pleasonton's Cavalry Division
  Brigade - 5th Brigade, Cavalry Division


On the Antietam Campaign

On 30 August 1862 the regiment entrained for Harpers Ferry. They were assigned to the vedette line running from Summit Point to Kearneysville (based at Harpers Ferry). The primary object, as stated in Davis' orders, was to protect the Winchester Rail line as well as to break up the 12th Virginia Cavalry.

By the 13th of September they were essentially 'bottled up' with the garrison at Harpers Ferry. Davis created and argued the plan to get the Cavalry out, which was executed on the night of Sept 14-15. During their escape the troopers briefly fought with Confederates near Sharpsburg, and captured (part of?) General Longstreet's reserve ammunition train (consisting of about 80 wagons) on the Hagerstown Pike near Williamsport MD.

The 8th NY Cavalry joined the rest of Gen Pleasonton's Cavalry at Antietam, but were kept largely in reserve on the 17th.

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

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Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
DSgtBriggs, John KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
DPvtDobson, Isaac J.Died   10/23     We have some details for this person
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HPvtBoughton, Charles W.Died   09/21     We have some details for this person
MPvtPage, W. H. H.Died   11/01     We have some details for this person

 

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