Michigan 6th Volunteer Cavalry (Union)

    28 May 1862

    Michigan 6th Volunteer Cavalry organized at Michigan.

    30 Jun 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Hanover at Hanover, Pennsylvania.

    01 Jul 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Gettysburg at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

    The Battle of Gettysburg
    The Battle of Gettysburg

    In the summer of 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee launched his second invasion of the Northern states. Lee sought to capitalize on recent Confederate victories and defeat the Union army on Northern soil, which he hoped would force the Lincoln administration to negotiate for peace. Lee also sought to take the war out of the ravaged Virginia farmland and gather supplies for his Army of Northern Virginia. Using the Shenandoah Valley as cover for his army, Lee was pursued first by Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Ho… Read More

    18 Oct 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Charlestown at Charles Town, Jefferson County, West Virginia.

    05 May 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Wilderness at Spotslyvania County, Virginia; Orange County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Wilderness
    The Battle of Wilderness

    The first battle between Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee erupted late in the morning of May 5, 1864, as Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren's Union V Corps attacked Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell's Second Corps on the Orange Turnpike southwest of the old Chancellorsville battlefield. Although Federal infantry managed to break through at several points, the Confederate line held. Fighting shifted to the south as Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill's Third Corps engaged Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock's II Corps and ele… Read More

    11 May 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Yellow Tavern at Henrico, Virginia.

    The Battle of Yellow Tavern
    The Battle of Yellow Tavern

    It was early morning when the column of gray- and butternut-clad horsemen reined up and came to a halt along the Telegraph Road. Exhausted, they dismounted and put their horses under cover near a ramshackle, three-story structure. Once a wayside inn, it had long since been abandoned, but was still known locally for the color of its failing siding: Yellow Tavern. Read More

    11 Jun 1864

    Assigned to the Regiment led by Major James H. Kidd.

    11 Jun 1864

    Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Alfred T. A. Torbert.

    Brigadier General Alfred T. A. Torbert

    11 Jun 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Trevilian Station at Louisa County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Trevilian Station
    The Battle of Trevilian Station

    In June of 1864, hoping to draw attention away from Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's movement south, destroy supply lines, and join up with Brig. Gen. David Hunter in Charlottesville, Union cavalry commander Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan embarked on a cavalry raid. Near Trevilian Station, Virginia, he clashed with Confederate cavalry under Maj. Gens. Wade Hampton and Fitzhugh Lee. On June 11th, while Hampton's men struggled against Union forces on one road, Lee's men advancing on a parallel road fell back, allow… Read More

    19 Oct 1864

    Assigned to the Regiment led by Major Charles W. Deane.

    19 Oct 1864

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel James H. Kidd.

    19 Oct 1864

    Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Wesley Merritt.

    Brigadier General Wesley Merritt

    19 Oct 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Cedar Creek at Frederick County, Virginia; Shenandoah County, Virginia; Warren County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Cedar Creek
    The Battle of Cedar Creek

    Known As: Cedar Creek, Belle Grove Read More

    01 Apr 1865

    Assigned to the Regiment led by Lieutenant Colonel Harvey H. Vinton.

    Lieutenant Colonel Harvey H. Vinton

    01 Apr 1865

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel Peter Stagg.

    Colonel Peter Stagg

    01 Apr 1865

    Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Thomas Devin.

    Brigadier General Thomas Devin

    01 Apr 1865

    Participated in the Battle of Five Forks at Five Forks, Virginia.

    The Battle of Five Forks
    The Battle of Five Forks

    The Union victory along the White Oak Road on March 31st threatened to destabilize the entire Confederate line west of Petersburg. General Robert E. Lee ordered Maj. Gen. George Pickett with his infantry division and the cavalry divisions of Col. Thomas Munford, Maj. Gen. W.H.F. Lee, and Maj. Gen Thomas Rosser to hold the vital crossroads of Five Forks, along the White Oak Road five miles west of the previous fighting there. Pickett's defensive line was not well constructed, and much of his cavalry force w… Read More

    09 Apr 1865

    Participated in the Battle of Appomattox Court House at Appomattox Court House, VA.

    The Battle of Appomattox Court House
    The Battle of Appomattox Court House

    Between 26,000 and 28,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered and were paroled. Read More

    24 Nov 1865

    Michigan 6th Volunteer Cavalry mustered out at Michigan.