3rd Rhode Island Cavalry

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Regimental History and Service Record

Organized at Providence September 12, 1863. 1st Battalion moved to New Orleans, La., December 31, 1863, to January 14, 1864. Attached to Defenses of New Orleans, Dept. Gulf, to March, 1864. 5th Brigade, Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1864. Defenses of New Orleans, La., to October, 1864. District of LaFourche, Dept. Gulf, to November, 1865.


Monett's Ferry and Cloutiersville March 29-30.

Campti April 4. Sabine Cross Roads April 8. Pleasant Hill April 9.

Yellow Bayou May 18. Near Morganza May 24. Reached Fort Banks, Opposite New Orleans, June 2. Companies "G" and "H" reported at New Orleans May 8 and joined Regiment at Greenville June 10. Regiment dismounted June 22, and duty as Infantry in the Defenses of New Orleans until September. Remounted September 20. Assigned to duty in the District of LaFourche at Donaldsonville, Napoleonville, Thibodeaux, Camp Parapet, Plaquemine, Houma, Hermitage Plantation and other points in Louisiana, scouting and patrol duty and operating against guerrillas, until November, 1865. Action at Napoleonville November 1, 1864, and at Doyall's Plantation November 29. 1864 (Detachment). Expedition from Brashear City to Whiskey Bayou January 16-18, 1865 (Cos. "B," "I" and "K"). Expedition from Napoleonville to Grand River January 18-19 (Detachment). Scout from Donaldsonville January 19-20 (Detachment). Skirmish, Thompson's Plantation, January 23. Scouts from Bayou Goula to Grand River January 29-February 7. Skirmish, Richland Plantation, January 30. Expedition from Thibodeaux to Lake Verret and Bayou Planton January 30-31 (Co, "H"). Near Lake Verret January 30. Skirmish, Kittredge's Sugar House, near Napoleon, February 10. Expedition from Donaldsonville to Grand Bayou and Bayou Goula February 14-18. Skirmish, Martin's Lane, February 15 (Cos. "D," "F" and "K"). Expedition from Plaquemine to the Park February 17-22 (Detachment). Expedition from the Hermitage to the French Settlement April 2-5 (Detachment). Expedition to Lake Verret, Grand Bayou, etc., April 2-10. Expedition from Terre Bonne to Pelion's Plantation and Grand Caillou April 19-25 (Co. "M."). operations about Brashear City April 30-May 12. Bayou Goula May 9. Expedition from Bayou Boeuf to Bayou de Large May 25-27. Affair, Bayou de Large, May 27. Mustered out November 29, 1865.

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Regiment Statistical Information

  • Lost during service 8 Enlisted men killed and 4 Officers and 135 Enlisted men by disease. Total 147.


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