Request - CavOps 15thPa
- I am trying to pull together some information on the 15th Pa Cavalry and
would much appreciate any assistance/ direction that anyone might offer.
Don't have much so far and since CavOps at Antietam were not heavily
depended upon, there might not be a whole lot. It's listed in the Order of
Battle as being unattached and commanded by Col. Wm Palmer.
I'm heading for the OR's, but if anyone has anything on it, or can point me
toward something I'd appreciate it.
- Hi Ron,
Coincidentally, I've done a little reading recently on both the Regt
and its commander. There must be quite a story in there somewhere,
really - I think it'd make a good movie!
"The Anderson Cavalry", as they were also known, were organized by Col
Palmer in July and August 1862, its officer corps largely from an
independent cavalry Company headed by then-Capt Palmer - the Anderson
Troop. That company had been/was still in service at HQ with Gen Buell
in the West.
Palmer was raising and training the new regiment in Pennsylvania when
Gen Lee began his Maryland Campaign of 1862; but he was not completely
manned, and training had only just begun.
"The alarm raised by the invasion extended well into Pennsylvania, and
Governor Andrew Curtain fired off feverish telegrams to War Department
suggesting that the Anderson Cavalry be employed along the
Pennsylvania/Maryland border. As a result of this request 250 picked
men were sent to Greencastle with orders to gather horses in the area
and resist incursions into the state".
"Several skirmishes took place, and the detachment moved forward into
Hagerstown when the Confederates moved out toward South Mountain and
"During the Battle of Antietam the detachment did service as scouts
and returned stragglers to their units. During this period Captain
Palmer was captured while within Confederate lines in civilian clothes
while gathering information for General McClellan".
[The Colonel, captured in civilian clothes - a spy? Fertile ground
(quoted text used on aotw.org, and found on
There's a lot more to the Regiment than that, of course. You can see
the basics about the Regiment and its Colonel, with links to more
sources and detail at:
http://aotw.org/officers.php?unit_id=29 (the 17th PA Cav page; follow
the link from there to Col Palmer or up to Brigade, Div, etc).
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Ron Church" <rchurch@q...> wrote:
> I am trying to pull together some information on the 15th Pa Cavalry and
> would much appreciate any assistance/ direction that anyone might offer.
> Don't have much so far and since CavOps at Antietam were not heavily
> depended upon, there might not be a whole lot. It's listed in the
> Battle as being unattached and commanded by Col. Wm Palmer.
> I'm heading for the OR's, but if anyone has anything on it, or can
> toward something I'd appreciate it.
> Ron Church
> Manchester MD
Can't thank you enough. That's exactly what I'm after. This machine and
the world of information it opens up never cease to amaze me.
The spy story certainly is fascinating, I think that anywhere spies are
involved there's a movie in it somewhere. I did notice that when the unit
moved west Col. Palmer is not listed as being with it. Looks like it has
all the ingredients for a drum head court, pity poor Palmer if such was the