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Fifth Michigan Cavalry.

Custer's Brigade — Kilpatrick's Division--Cavalry Corps, A. P.

(1) Col. Joseph T. Copeland; Brig.-Gen. (3) Col. Russell A. Alger; Bvt. Major-Gen.
(2) Col. Freeman Norvell. (4) Col. Smith H. Hastings.

companies. killed and died of wounds. died of disease, accidents, in Prison, &c. Total Enrollment.
Officers. Men. Total. Officers. Men. Total.
Field and Staff 1   1       23
Company A 1 17 18   11 11 124
  B 1 8 9 1 17 18 126
  C 1 13 14   14 14 133
  D   11 11   16 16 124
  E   11 11   29 29 137
  F 1 7 8   26 26 128
  G   6 6   29 29 144
  H   15 15 1 15 16 135
  I 1 10 11   18 18 115
  K   11 11 1 13 14 130
  L   7 7   15 15 129
  M   19 19   19 19 128
Totals 6 135 141 3 222 225 1,576

Total of killed and wounded, 502; died in Confederate prisons (previously included), 76.

battles. K. & M. W. battles. K. & M. W. battles. K. & M. W.
Hanover Pa., June 30, 1863 1 Morton's Ford, Va., Nov. 27, 1863 2 Luray, Va., Sept. 24, 1864 1
Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863 15 Todd's Tavern, Va., May 6, 1864 5 Woodstock, Va., Oct. 8, 1864 1
Cashtown, Md., July 5, 1863 1 Yellow Tavern, Va., May 11, 1864 5 Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19, 1864 4
Boonsboro, Md., July 8, 1863 3 Hawes's Shop, Va., May 28, 1864 15 Newtown, Va., Nov. 12, 1864 3
Hagerstown, Md,, July 12, 1863 1 Cold Harbor, Va., June 1, 1864 2 Guerrillas, Va., Nov. 8, 1864 1
Newby's Cross Roads, July 24, 1863 1 Trevilian Sta'n, Va., June 11, 1864 21 Guerrillas, Va., Dec. 2, 1864 2
Port Conway, Va., Sept. 1, 1863 1 Front Royal, Va., Aug. 16, 1864 1 Salem, Va., Oct. 23, 1864 1
Raccoon Ford, Va., Sept. 16, 1863 1 Berryville, Va., Aug. 19, 1864 15 Five Forks, Va., April 1, 1865 1
James City, Va., Oct. 10, 1863 2 Shepherdstown, Va., Aug. 26, 1864 4 Pursuit of Lee, April 4, 1865 2
Brandy Station, Va., Oct. 12, 1863 6 Smithfield, Va., Aug. 29, 1864 4 On Picket, Va. 1
Buckland's Mills, Va., Oct. 19, 1863 5 Summit, Va., Sept. 5, 1864 1 Place unknown 1
Gainesville, Va., Oct. 30, 1863 1 Opequon, Va., Sept. 19, 1864 10    

notes.--Organized at Detroit in Aug. 1862, leaving the State on December 4th with 1,144 officers and men. Proceeding directly to Washington it joined the Michigan Brigade, then being formed, composed of the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Michigan Cavalry, to which the First Michigan Cavalry was subsequently added. General Custer assumed command of the brigade while on its march to Gettysburg, where it had its first opportunity to distinguish itself under fire. The brigade sustained the heaviest loss at Gettysburg of any cavalry brigade in that battle. The Fifth was commanded there by Colonel Alger, who had served previously as a Major in the Second Michigan Cavalry, from which he was promoted to the Lieutenant-Colonelcy of the Sixth, and thence to the Colonelcy of the Fifth; he was one of the ablest cavalry officers in the Army. The loss of the Fifth at Gettysburg was 8 killed, 30 wounded, and 18 missing; Major Noah H. Ferry was killed there. At Hawes's Shop, out of 151 engaged, 55 were killed or wounded. The regiment met its heaviest loss in the cavalry affair at Trevilian Station, where in addition to the killed and wounded 136 were taken prisoners,--the regiment having charged too far through an opening in the enemy's line, and being cut off front the brigade it was obliged to cut its way out.


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