Rush's Lancers

Lancers, was a completely volunteer unit and one of the finest regiments to serve in the Civil War. Tracing their history from George Washington’s personal body guard during the Revolutionary War, many of the men of the Sixth Pennsylvania were the cream of Philadelphia society, including Richard H. Rush, grandson of Dr. Benjamin Rush, Maj. Robert Morris, Jr., great-grandson of the financier of the Revolutionary War.

Capt. Charles Cadwalader, whose great-grandfather was a general under George Washington, Frank H. Furness, architect and Medal of Honor recipient, and George G. Meade, Jr.

But it was their actions in battle, not their illustrious family histories, that distinguished Rush’s Lancers. The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry earned a reputation for being a highly trained and reliable unit, despite being armed initially with antiquated weapons, leaving their mark on key battlefields, including Hanover Court House, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Brandy Station—where they conducted one of the most famous charges of the war—and Appomattox. Drawing upon letters, diaries, memoirs, service and pension files, contemporary newspaper coverage, official records, and other primary sources, Rush’s Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War by distinguished military historian Eric J. Wittenberg is an engrossing account of these young men from both Philadelphia's social elite and the city's working classes who, despite not being professional soldiers, answered the Nation’s call to war.

"A superb regiment, noted for intelligence, bravery and stalwart service, the Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry was an elite outfit, in the truest sense. That they were accepted and admired by the Regulars, alongside whom they served on many a hard-fought field, speaks volumes of the gallantry and dash of these sons of the Keystone State."—Brian C. Pohanka, historian and adviser for the motion pictures Cold Mountain and Glory



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  • The Battle of Brandy Station: North America's Largest Cavalry Battle (Civil War Sesquicentennial)

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  • Like a Meteor Blazing Brightly: The short but controversial life of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren

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  • One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863

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  • Rush's Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War (2007)

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  • Glory Enough for All: Sheridan's Second Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station (2007)

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  • Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to Gettysburg (2006)

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  • The Union Cavalry Comes of Age: Hartwood Church to Brandy Station, 1863

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  • Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan

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  • At Custer's Side: The Civil War Writings of James Harvey Kidd

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  • With Sheridan in the Final Campaign Against Lee

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  • Under Custer's Command: The Civil War Journal of James Henry Avery (Memories of War)/p>

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  • Protecting the Flank: The Battles for Brinkerhoff's Ridge and East Cavalry Field, Battle of Gettysburg, July 2-3, 1863 (Discovering Civil War America)

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  • Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions

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  • Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign

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  • "We Have It Damn Hard Out Here": The Civil War Letters of Sergeant Thomas W. Smith, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry

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  • One of Custer's Wolverines: The Civil War Letters of Brevet Brigadier General James H. Kidd, 6th Michigan Cavalry

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