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Historical Sketch
of the 6th Cavalry Regiment, New York

History
Taken from Final Report on the Battlefield of Gettysburg (New York at Gettysburg) by the New York Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon Company, 1902.

By SURGEON AUGUSTUS P. CLARKE

The Sixth New York Cavalry, a regiment that made one of the most creditable records for service during the late War of the Rebellion, was organized in the summer and autumn of 1861.. It was formed out of what was first known as the Ira Harris Guards, a cavalry organization raised in response to a call for mounted troops to meet the exigencies of the service that had become manifest by the operations of the famous '" Black Horse Cavalry " of the Confederate Army, during the Bull Run campaign, July, 1861. The regiment was, in fact, at first the protege of Senator Ira Harris, of New York, who had been •instrumental in securing the authority for its formation.

 

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: March 16, 2006
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