from the burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
It served under Averill
during the memorable advance of General Sheridan
against General Early
in the Shenandoah Valley, and took part in every battle during the campaign.
In the battles of Opequan, Fisher's Hill
's gap, and Wier
's cave, the valiant conduct of this company attracted the attention of all who beheld it. And at the battle of Nineveh
, when Capeheart
's Brigade attacked and defeated McCausland
's Division, this company led in the charge.
set out from Winchester
to join Grant
, his way was obstructed by the rebels, under Rosser
, at the bridge over North river, near Mount Crawford
The First New York Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel Battersby
, was ordered to swim the river a mile above the bridge, and charge the rebels in flank; which they did in fine style-driving them out of their works, pursuing them about ten miles, capturing prisoners, guns, and wagons, and saving the bridge over Middle river.
For this General Custer
, to whose division they belonged, complimented them in person.
Next day Custer
advanced upon Waynesborough
, where Early
's forces were intrenched, and, after some severe fighting, charged the works, driving the enemy out, capturing nearly every man, and all the guns and material of war. The First New York Cavalry led the charge.
Again at Dinwiddie Court-House and Five Forks
, the regiment won fresh laurels under the eyes of Sheridan
At Sailor's creek the First New York (Lincoln) Cavalry led the charge over the enemy's works, capturing General Ewell
and his staff and hundreds of prisoners, beside guns and battle-flags.
At Appomattox Station they charged with Custer
, in the darkness, and took hundreds of prisoners, many guns and wagons, beside four trains of stores, which were waiting for Lee
's hungry army.
And the next day they were dashing forward with Custer
to attack the enemy, when they were stopped by news of the surrender of Lee
When the regiment re-enlisted as veterans, in 1864, Captain Stevenson
induced his men to be credited upon the quota of the Twentieth Ward of Philadelphia
, notwithstanding the fact that New York offered much larger bounties to the men, and had offered the captain five hundred dollars to take his company to that State.
On the arrival of Company C in Philadelphia
, on veteran furlough, the Twentieth Ward Bounty Fund Committee gave them a hearty reception in the old North Baptist church, Eighth street, above Master street, upon which occasion the ladies of the ward presented the company with an elegant guidon, and Captain Stevenson
was presented with a sword, sash, and belt.
The company participated