SOLDIER’S MEMORIAL FOR MEMBER OF THE ANDERSON TROOP OF CAVALRY

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Memorial is in the original frame with the original wood backing.

The top of the memorial is decorated with a spread-winged eagle with thirteen stars above it perched on crossed US flags. Beneath this is a vertical rectangle of fascines decorated with all the Corps badges of the Union Army to include both theaters of war. At bottom is a riband with the soldier’s name “JAMES RILEY” and his unit “ANDERSON TROOP.” All decoration is done in shades of gray. At center of the rectangle within the fascine border is text done in silver ink giving the history of the Anderson Troop and listing the officers and men of the unit. James Riley is listed among the Privates.

The frame meas. approx. 18.25 x 28.25 inches and has a gilt raised scrollwork inner border that is in excellent condition. The memorial itself is in very nice condition with some light discoloration along the upper edge. Overall there is some light surface dirt.

James Riley was born in Maryland. He first enlisted as a Private in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Heavy Artillery for three months from May to August of 1861. On November 30, 1861 he enlisted as a Private in the Anderson Troop.

The Anderson Troop was an independent cavalry company recruited at Carlisle, Pa., in Oct. and Nov., 1861, and was mustered into the U. S. service on Nov. 30, for three years. It was organized for escort and headquarters duty with Gen. Anderson, commanding the Army of the Ohio, and was retained by Gens. Sherman Buell and Rosecrans.  On Dec. 2, 1861, it left the state for Louisville, Ky., arriving there on the 7th.  Here it was drilled and disciplined for three months and was reported by the inspector-general as "by far the best company I have yet seen in the department."  It shared in the operations before Corinth and on July 1, 1862, moved with Buell to Huntsville.  On the 24th it’s Captain and a number of men went to Pennsylvania to recruit a full battalion, which subsequently was increased to a full regiment, known as the Anderson cavalry (15th Pa.)  The original Anderson Troop furnished many of the officers of the new regiment, but was never incorporated with it.  In the race for Louisville the Troop was engaged in arduous scouting duty, frequently skirmishing with the enemy.  It was engaged at Springfield and Perryville, Ky., and at Stone's River was employed in orderly and courier duty.  It remained on duty at headquarters until March 24, 1863, when Gen. Rosecrans ordered its muster out of service, as it was much reduced in numbers. It was accordingly mustered out on the 26th.  On leaving the front it was paid a high compliment by Gen. Rosecrans. At this time Private Riley was mustered out.

Records show that James Riley had subsequent service in the army from March 7, 1867 to January 1, 1871.  [ad]

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