1st Cavalry Regiment

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1st Cavalry Regiment was organized in October, 1861, using the 1st South Carolina Cavalry Battalion as its nucleus. The men were from Charleston and the counties of Abeeville, Allendale, Chester, and Georgetown. It served in South Carolina, then moved to Virginia and was assigned to General W. Hampton's, M.C. Butler's, W.H. F. Lee's, and P.M.B. Young's Brigade. The regiment fought at Chambersburg, Fredericksburg, Brandy Station, Upperville, Gettysburg, Bristoe, Kelly's Ford, and Mine Run. Ordered south, it served under Colonel G.P. Harrison and later Generals Bonham and Logan. It was prominent in the defense of Savannah and the campaining of the Carolinas. This unit had 339 effectives at Gettysburg, but only 46 were present in February, 1865. It was included in the surrender of the Army of Tennessee. The field officers were Colonel John L. Black, Lieutenant Colonels John D. Twiggs and William A. Walker, and Major Niles Nesbitt.

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