History of the Sixth New York Cavalry (Second Ira Harris Guard) Second Brigade - First Division - Cavalry Corps Army of the Potomac 1861 - 1865 (with) A Cabinet Card Photograph of the Regiment's Major General, Thomas C. Devin
Hall, Major Hillman A., W.B. Besley & Gilbert G. Wood

Worcester, Mass.: The Blanchard Press, 1908. F 575 pages; black and white illustrations; including portrait of Brevet Major-General Thomas C. Devin, General Charles L. Fitzhugh, Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan McVicar; map of Alsop's Field, map of Gettysburg, illustrations of groups of portraits; maps of Five Forks, more; with a useful ready-reference page at front, acting as a short index; bound in the original goldenrod-yellow cloth, with the regimental arms illustrated on front board; some tips, edge-wear, soiling, to binding; contents clean and in very good condition; (with) a cabinet card half-length portrait photograph by Howard of Greenport, Long Island N.Y. of Thomas Casimir Devin (1822 - 1878) Union Army cavalry officer in command of the 6th NY for many of its engagements during the Civil War including Antietam and especially at the battle of Gettysburg: "... It was under Buford that Devin's star shone brightest. Devin had already acquired a well-earned reputation as a disciplinarian and field tactician as colonel of the Sixth New York, which was commended by observers as "the best-drilled Regiment in the service." As one of Buford's two brigade commanders, Devin now became known as "Buford's Hard Hitter" and Buford's "Old War Horse." He took his brigade into action under Buford in major cavalry engagements at Brandy Station (9 June 1863) and Upperville (21 June 1863). It was at Gettysburg (1-3 July 1863) that Devin performed his best-known service for Buford. On the first day, as Buford's cavalry division attempted to delay the advance of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia into Gettysburg so that the infantry of the Army of the Potomac would have the time to deploy and defend the town, Devin dismounted his Second Brigade and spread them out on the north side of Cashtown Road (on the northwest side of Gettysburg). Together with the dismounted troopers of the First Brigade, this thin screen of dismounted cavalry slowed the advance of superior numbers of Confederate infantry just long enough to permit the Army of the Potomac to occupy the high ground south and west of Gettysburg and thus ensure a Union victory over the next two days of the battle...." (Allen C. Guelzo in the ANB); approx. 4 1/4" x 6 1/2" size overall with the mount; studio imprint on back; photograph titled in the image; faded, mount a bit soiled; in good condition and a good accompaniment to the regimental history. Very Good Hardcover (Item ID: 23939)


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