|Name of Regiment|| Date of Organization||Muster Date||Regiment Type|
|11th Cavalry Regiment|
|01 August 1862||26 September 1865||Cavalry|
|Officers Killed or|
|Officers Died of Disease|
|Enlisted Killed or|
|Enlisted Died of|
Disease or Accident
Cols., Thomas Ewing, Jr., Thomas Moonlight
Lieut.-Cols., Thomas Moonlight, Preston B. Plumb;
Majs., Preston B. Plumb, Martin Anderson, Edmund G. Ross, NathanielA. Adams.
This regiment was recruited, organized, mounted and equipped for activeservice in less than a month after recruiting began in Aug., 1862. Itwas raised under the call of July 2, 1862, for three years' volunteers,and the rapidity with which it was formed is due to the energetic effortsand admirable recruiting organization perfected by Col. Ewing, who lefthis position of chief justice of the supreme court of the state to assumethe work.
The members of the regiment were recruited from the counties of Leavenworth,Jefferson, Jackson, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Pottawatomie, Riley, Davis, Morris,Lyon, Greenwood, Franklin and Anderson; rendezvoused at Camp Lyon nearFort Leavenworth, and were there mustered into the U. S. service Sept.15, 1862, for a three years' term.
A large proportion of the officers had seen previous military serviceand Lieut.-Col. Moonlight had been a soldier in the regular army, commandinga battery of artillery. At the time the regiment was formed he was servingon the staff of Gen. Blunt.
On Oct. 4 the regiment moved on its first campaign, proceeding to PeaRidge, Ark., where it joined the Army of the Frontier under Gen. Schofieldand was assigned to Cloud's (3d) brigade, Blunt's (1st) division, servingas infantry. The first fight of its division at Old Fort Wayne, Ind. Ter.,was won by the cavalry, though the 11th arrived too late to participatein the action.
It next moved to Little Osage with its division, thence to Flint Creekon the western border of Arkansas, where it remained for two weeks. Latein November it made a forced march of 40 miles south and engaged in itsfirst fight with the forces of Gen. Marmaduke at Cane Hill, where it ledthe infantry advance and had a few men wounded.
It was again engaged with Hindman's and Marmaduke's forces at PrairieGrove and sustained its full share of losses in that bloody and indecisivebattle. Returning to Cane Hill after the fight, it moved on Dec. 27 toVan Buren on the Arkansas River, 50 miles south. This was a hard marchthrough a gorge of the Boston Mountains and many men died from exposure.
On the 31st it returned with the army to Elm Springs, remained theretwo weeks and then moved to the vicinity of Springfield, where it spentthe remainder of the winter. In the latter part of March, all the Kansastroops were ordered to Fort Scott, whence most of them went home on 30days' furlough.
On the expiration of this leave the regiment rejoined the Army of theFrontier at Salem, Mo. On March 13, 1863, Col. Ewing was appointed brigadier-general and assigned to the command of the 1st division. Shortly afterwardthe Army of the Frontier was broken up and scattered, and Ewing was sentto command the District of the Border, with headquarters at Kansas City,where the 11th moved in April.
It had now been in service nine months, had lost over 300 men, and wasreduced below the minimum standard of an infantry
regiment. Soon after its arrival at Kansas City the regiment was mounted,changed from infantry to cavalry, and given authority to recruit two newcompanies. It was not until the following spring that the old companieswere recruited to the cavalry maximum and the new companies, L and M,fully recruited. During this time the regiment was occupied in the arduousand thankless border service at scattered points by detachments and oftenengaged with the enemy's bushwhackers.
In the latter part of September most of the regiment was engaged inthe pursuit and expulsion of Shelby's forces from central Missouri. InDecember a detachment under Maj. Plumb was sent to the southern borderof Kansas, to resist a threatened raid by the Cherokee Stand Watie, andwas there employed until Aug., 1864, escorting trains to Fort Gibson,etc. The regiment, over 1,200 strong, was stationed in Kansas in the springand summer of 1864, still serving by detachments.
Col. Moonlight had command of a sub-district with headquarters at Paola.The regiment took a prominent and honorable part in all the marches andbattles incident to the Price raid in the fall of 1864, Lieut.-Col. Plumbcommanding the regiment and Col. Moonlight the 2nd brigade.
After Price had been driven across the Arkansas, the 11th returned toPaola, and not long after was ordered to Fort Riley to outfit and recruit.Cos. C and E were thence ordered to Fort Larned and the rest of the regimentto Fort Kearny, whence, after a halt of only two days, they marched toFort Laramie, where news of the successes around Petersburg was received.
From Fort Laramie the regiment marched 150 miles farther west to Plattebridge and remained in that vicinity for four months, guarding the overlandtelegraph and campaigning against hostile Indians. From their distantstation, 1,000 miles away, the 11th was ordered to Fort Leavenworth formuster out. This took place from Aug. 19 to Sept. 26, 1865.
The loss of the 11th by death during its term of service was 65 menkilled and died of wounds; 2 officers and 101 men died from disease, accidentand other causes. It received 498 recruits and had an aggregate strengthduring service of 1,414.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 213
Fought at Walnut Creek, KS.
Fought on 31 October 1862 at Old Fort Wayne, CN.
Fought on 20 November 1862 at Camp Babcock, AR.
Fought on 28 November 1862 at Cane Hill, AR.
Fought on 06 December 1862 at Cane Hill, AR.
Fought on 07 December 1862 at Prairie Grove, AR.
Fought on 09 May 1863 at Aubrey, KS.
Fought on 26 July 1863.
Fought on 14 August 1863.
Fought on 14 August 1863 at Sibley, MO.
Fought on 21 August 1863 at Lawrence, KS.
Fought on 25 August 1863 at Pink Hill, MO.
Fought on 26 September 1863 at Little Blue, MO.
Fought on 14 October 1863 at Scott's Ford, MO.
Fought on 07 March 1864 at Black Jack, KS.
Fought on 04 October 1864 at Little Blue, MO.
Fought on 13 October 1864 at Lexington, MO.
Fought on 18 October 1864 at Lexington, MO.
Fought on 19 October 1864 at Lexington, MO.
Fought on 21 October 1864 at Little Blue, MO.
Fought on 22 October 1864 at Little Blue, MO.
Fought on 23 October 1864 at Westport, MO.
Fought on 24 October 1864 at Blue Mills, MO.
Fought on 24 October 1864 at Little Blue, MO.
Fought on 08 November 1864 at Webber's Falls, CN.
Fought on 21 February 1865 at Fort Riley, KS.
Fought on 15 May 1865 at Platte Bridge, DT.
Fought on 03 June 1865 at Platte Bridge, DT.
Fought on 16 June 1865 at Dakota Territory.
Fought on 02 July 1865.
Fought on 05 July 1865 at Medicine Bow River, DT.
Fought on 21 July 1865 at Platte Bridge, DT.
Fought on 25 July 1865 at Platte Bridge, DT.
Fought on 26 July 1865 at Platte Bridge, DT.
Fought on 26 July 1865 at Red Buttes, DT.