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Federal (USA)


Michael Lawless

(? - 1864)

Home State: Unknown

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 2nd United States Cavalry (Co. E, F, H & K)

Before Antietam

It is likely that he had enlisted in Troop I, First US Dragoons at Boston in December 1849, seeing duty in the West through April 1854, at least. He enlisted in the 2nd Dragoons as Private on 13 March 1855, and was promoted to Corporal, then Sergeant (dates not known). He was 1st Sergeant of Company H by Antietam. The 2nd Dragoons were re-named the 2nd United States Cavalry in August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was 1st Sergeant of Co. H until news arrived 24 September that he'd been appointed 2nd Lieutenant on 17 July.

The rest of the War

He saw action on Stoneman's Raid, and at Bevery Ford, Aldie, and Upperville. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 9 June 1863, and was again in combat at Gettysburg, Williamsport, Falling Waters, Boonsboro, and Manassas Gap during 1863. He was at Camp Buford, Washington DC to Ocober 1863, in Sheridan's Raids on Richmond May-June 1864 "distinguished for his personal intrepidity in action", and killed in action 11 June 1864 at Trevallian Station, Virginia.

References & notes

Basic information from Caughey1, with additional service details from Heitman2 and Rodenbough2. Information about the 1st Dragoons from a muster roll posted online by Will Gorenfeld.


Date not known in IRELAND


06/11/1864; Trevallian Station, VA


1   Caughey, Don, Crossed Sabers, first accessed 07 February 2007, <>, Source page: /2011/04/2nd-us-cavalry-in-maryland-campaign.html  [AotW citation 2255]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 618  [AotW citation 2265]

3   Rodenbough, Theophilus Francis, From Everglade to Canyon with the Second United States Cavalry, New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1875, pg. 478  [AotW citation 2266]