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About the 7th Squadron, Rhode Island Volunteers (“The College Cavaliers”)
From pp. 386-387 of Edwin W. Stone’s Rhode Island in the Rebellion (Providence: George H. Whitney, 1865): “This body of 165 men was raised for three months service, and sent into the field 28th of June, 1862. It was composed of a company recruited from Dartmouth College and Norwich University, and one company enlisted in Providence. Its services were rendered chiefly in the vicinity of Winchester and Harper’s Ferry, in reconnoitering and doing scout duty. It was part of the cavalry force which cut its way out of Harper’s Ferry, during the investment of that place by the rebels. It was present on the field of Antietam, ready to go into action should occasion offer for employing its services. During the campaign it lost thirty men taken prisoners. It returned to Providence on the 28th September, and was mustered out of the service. The services performed were creditable to the Squadron and to the State.”
About the Collection
The collection consists of photocopies of research sources pertaining to the 7th Squadron, Rhode Island Cavalry, gathered from many repositories by Robert G. Grandchamp. A complete content listing of files can be found below.