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Companies H & I, 1st Maryland Cavalry (US)


Commanding Officer at Antietam:
  Capt Charles H. Russell


This Detachment's Chain of Command:
  Corps - Middle Department (8th Army Corps)
  Division - Harpers Ferry Garrison
  Brigade - 3rd Brigade, HF Garrison

On the Antietam Campaign

"...Companies H and I, of the 1st Maryland Cavalry, who had remained in the Shenandoah Valley, became a part of the garrison at Harper's Ferry, Va., and rendered very gallant service at the time of its siege and capture by the enemy, September 15, 1862, when it was concluded to surrender the garrison; these two companies of the 1st Maryland Cavalry joined the cavalry column, who cut their way through the enemy's lines."1

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More about Capt Russell from his letters at the Western Maryland Historical Library.

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1   Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898, Vol. 1, pg. 702  [AotW citation 1160]