Plattsburgh, N.Y. [ 1861]. Printed broadside, 13 3/4 x 20 inches. Matted. Mild offsetting of text from being previously folded, minor restoration in left margin, light folds and toning. Very good. Item #WRCAM54022
A rare Civil War recruitment broadside, stating that Captain W.B. Weed will pay $14 in advance to all Union recruits accepted after October 23 in the Harris' Light Cavalry. Signed in type by Captain Weed, who enlisted with the 2nd New York Cavalry in September 1861, only to be discharged less than a year later, on June 24, 1862. The broadside includes a large and well-executed engraving of a cavalry horse.
Named in honor of Senator Ira Harris of Albany, Harris' Light Cavalry, the 2nd New York Cavalry, was organized at Scarsdale, New York during the summer of 1861 and over the course of four years' service, earned one of the most illustrious records in the Army of the Potomac. The 2nd Cavalry lost heavily during Pope's Campaign in the late summer of 1862 and again before and after Gettysburg, losing almost 50 at Aldie alone, with equal losses later in the year at Liberty Mills and Buckland Mills. During the summer of 1864, the regiment took part in Wilson's raid on the South Side and Danville Railroads and it fought in the Shenandoah Campaign when the tide was finally turned against the Confederates. The 2nd New York Cavalry is one of the 300 fighting regiments mentioned by Colonel Fox, and ranks eighth in the list of mounted regiments which lost the most men killed and fatally wounded in action during the Civil War.