Oneida Independent Cavalry Company

Mustered in: September 4, 1861
Mustered out: June 13,1865.

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

This company was organized at Oneida, and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years, under the command of Capt. Daniel P. Mann, September 4, 1861. It was recruited mainly at Oneida, Salisbury, Stockbridge, Hamilton, Otisco, Eaton, Nelson Flatts, Vienna and Chittenango. It left the State in September, 1861, and served at the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac, performing escort and guard duty, and furnishing couriers, etc. At the expiration of its. term of service, those entitled thereto were discharged, and the company retained in service until June 13, 1865, when, commanded by Capt. James E. Jenkins, it was honorably discharged and mustered out near Washington, D. C.

The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers, Volume II: New York, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908.

Oneida Cavalry.—This independent company was raised and organized at Oneida, Madison county, and was there mustered into the U. S. service for three years, Sept. 4, 1861, under the command of Capt. David P. Mann. It left the state the same month and served at the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac, performing escort and guard duty, furnishing couriers, etc. On the expiration of its term of service the original members, except veterans, were mustered out and the organization composed of veterans and recruits remained in service until June 13, 1865, when it was mustered out near Washington, under command of Capt. James E. Jenkins. During its long period of service it was present at all the important battles fought by the Army of the Potomac, from the siege of Yorktown in 1862 to the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. Eleven enlisted men died of disease and other causes during its term of service.

NYSMM Online Resources

Battles and Casualties from Phisterer (pdf)
Battles and Casualties from Phisterer (spreadsheet)

Muster Roll

Unit Roster

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Other Resources

This is meant to be a comprehensive list. If, however, you know of a resource that is not listed below, please send an email to with the name of the resource and where it is located. This can include photographs, letters, articles and other non-book materials. Also, if you have any materials in your possession that you would like to donate, the museum is always looking for items specific to New York's military heritage. Thank you.

Gabriel, Daniel. "Oneida independent cavalry company." Madison county heritage Dec. 1978, p. 17-24.

Howe, Henry J. “Howe family papers.” Library of Congress.,,210%26AUTH%3doclcmss.

Mayer, Robert W. The Oneida Independent Company of Cavalry: Formation and training. Madison County Historical Society, 1997.

New York (State).; Adjutant General's Office. Registers of the First Dragoons, Oneida Independent Cavalry, First, Second, Third and Fourth Provisional Cavalry in the War of the Rebellion. Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., State printers, 1896.

New York (State). Adjutant General's Office. Registers of the New York regiments in the War of the Rebellion. J. B. Lyon, 1894-1906.

Schroeder, Patrick A. "The Highest Praise of Gallantry": the Memorials of David J. Jenkins and James E. Jenkins. Daleville, VA: Schroeder Publications, 2001.

Yeager, Robert, and David Yeager. “The Robert and David Yeager collection.” US Army War College.
Filed under the 146th Infantry


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Photos from the American Civil War Research Database

Freet Miner. Oneida Independent Cavalry Company. Photo courtesy of Jeff Randolph.