REVISED ARMY REGULATIONS OF 1861 ID’D TO 15TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY

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Volume is titled “REVISED REGULATIONS FOR THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES 1861 WITH A FULL INDEX.” The book is bound in a blue cloth with an embossed spread-winged eagle with sunburst and stars at center surrounded by geometric designs. This decoration is on both front and back covers. Spine has title in worn gold and an eagle at bottom. Covers and spine are heavily worn at edges and faded throughout. Cloth of both covers have light to moderate surface dirt. Binding is good but covers are weak.

Interior runs 559 pages with index and is a readable copy. Manual was printed in 1861 in Philadelphia. Some pages have light foxing but nothing major. Pages have discolored some from age.

Inside front cover has repetitive inscriptions in both period pencil and period ink. Under some penciled doodling at top is “NON-COMD OFFICERS 1ST SQUADRON OF 3RD BATTALION COMPANIES I AND K” in period ink. Then below this in period pencil is “NON-COM OFFICERS 1ST SQUADRON OF 3D BATTALION COMPANIES I AND K.” Running behind these two inscriptions is another in faint period pencil that reads in part “… STEWART LOGAN PHILADELPHIA.” Then at bottom is “GOVT. SERVICE.”

The title page has a period pencil inscription also. It reads “CAPT. W. DEWITT 15TH PA. CAV.” There is some other faint writing also done in period pencil.

Stewart Logan enlisted as a private in Company B, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry on October 9, 1862. He was promoted to sergeant on March 1, 1863, 1st sergeant April 12, 1863 and commissioned a 1st lieutenant on May 8, 1863 and moved from B to I Company. He was discharged on June 6, 1864.

William W. DeWitt first enlisted as a sergeant in Company I, 6th Pennsylvania Infantry on April 22, 1861 to serve three months. Most of his time with the 6th was spent doing guard duty. He was mustered out on July 27, 1861. He next enlisted as a private in the Anderson Company of Pennsylvania Independent Cavalry on November 30, 1861. When that Company was expanded to a regiment it became the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry and DeWitt was commissioned 1st lieutenant in Company I. He was promoted to captain on May 8, 1863 and resigned on July 17, 1864. He died at age 61 on November 6, 1895 and is buried in Union Cemetery, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

The 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry was organized in October of 1862 and was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland. The regiment saw action at Stones River, Mossy Creek and several smaller skirmishes. During its service the regiment lost 128 officers and men killed, died of wounds and disease plus many others wounded.  [ad] [ph:m/L]

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