16th Pennsylvania Cavalry
16th PA Cavalry
Abstracts of the Journal of the Regiment
March 16, 1863. Colonel Gregg, with Adjutant Day, Serg’t Major Miller, eight officers, and one hundred and ninety-six men, left camp at 8 A M ; joined the brigade, commanded by Colonel McIntosh, of the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry, and marched to Morrisville, and encamped.
March 17, 1863. Engaged with the enemy at “Kelly’s Ford.” On arriving at the ford, Colonel Gregg sent forward all the axes in the regiment, and immediately dispatched twenty men of the Sixteenth, under command of First Lieutenant A J Snyder, of “H” Company. The party bore itself gallantly, and did good service in removing the blockade at the Ford, and crossed with the First Rhode Island men. Sergeant McGowan, “H” Company, Private Claffe, “A” Company, and Saddler F J Cornman, “I” Company, were recommended to the favorable notice of the Colonel commanding Brigade, for their gallant conduct. The position occupied by the Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry was on the extreme right of he line, the right of the Regiment resting on the river; skirmishers thrown forward and deployed at a distance of three hundred yards, and concealed from view by a row of cedar trees and outbuildings. Shortly after the attack commenced on the left and centre, Colonel Gregg observed a large force of the enemy moving rapidly towards our right, evidently with a view of out-flanking us. Colonel Gregg dismounted a portion of the regiment and occupied the buildings immediately in his front. This was not done too soon, as the enemy were already entering the outer gate, when a volley from behind the houses drove them back. They soon rallied home behind some trees and out of carbine range, and supposing, from their manoevres, that it was their intention to dismount a portion of their men and gain our rear, under cover of the bushes which lined the bank of the river. Colonel Gregg dismounted the entire command, and threw the whole force some three hundred yards in advance of the houses, under cover of a stone wall, and drove the enemy from their position. A charge by thirty men, led by Major Fry, drove a squadron of the enemy from the woods, immediately to our front. Finding the enemy did not approach, Colonel Gregg mounted his command, and took up a position on the right of the line, and moved forward, until further progress was arrested by a dense woods, when he again dismounted his command and threw it forward on the enemy’s left flank, obliging him to change his position three times.
The Regiment sustained no loss of either officers or men — one man, Private Durling, of “E” Company, was slightly wounded. Major Fry, Captains Alexander and Kennedy, Lieutenants Snyder and Youngs, as well as all the men under my command, “see “Official Report,”) deserve great credit for the promptness they advanced under fire.
Marched to Morrisville at sundown, and encamped.
History of the 16th Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry, for the year ending October 31st, 1863. Philadelphia: King & Baird, 1864.