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From Yorktown to Santiago with the Sixth U.S. Cavalry  W.H. Carter ; introduction by John M. Carroll  Austin, Tex. : State House Press, 1989  Hardcover. Reprint. Originally published: Baltimore : Lord Baltimore Press, 1900. 6, vi, 329 p., [12] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

sixth001W.H. Carter

The Sixth U.S. Cavalry had its birth at the outbreak of the Civil War with its first action at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1862. They fought in the Army of the Potomac under General Sheridan throughout the war.

sixth002MEDAL OF HONOR OFFICERS. GEN. CHARLES F. HUMPHREY; GEN. JOHN M. WILSON; COL. CHARLES H. HEYL; GEN. THEODORE SCHWAN; COL. FREDERICK FUGER; GEN. W.H. CARTER; GEN. A.L. MILLS; LT. GORDON JOHNSTON. PICTURE TAKEN IN EAST ROOM OF WHITE HOUSE, PROBABLY ON NOVEMBER 7, 1910 WHEN MEDAL PRESENTED TO LT. JOHNSTON FOR ACT OF VALOR IN 1906.

From 1865 to 1871 the regiment was stationed in Austin and Fort Richardson, Texas, acting as protectors against the Comanches along the frontier. After 1871 they moved into Kansas and the Indian Territory and in 1874 were under the command of Col. Nelson A. Miles in his operations against the Comanches, Cheyennes, and Kiowas.

sixth003 Fort Sam Houston, Tex., 1911-1912: General Wm. H. Carter, Col. Ladd, & Col. Daniel E. McCarthy

The regiment was then stationed in Arizona and New Mexico and spent the next ten years in operations against the Apaches. Their last action against the Indians was at Wounded Knee in 1890. Fighting did not come again until the short-lived Spanish-American war in 1898 where the unit was prominent in the battle of Santiago.

sixth004The Secty. of War today decorated the following officers with the Distinguished Service Cross: Gen. Chas B. Drake, Motor Transport Corps, Col. Chas. D Rhodes, General Staff, Maj. A.W. Bjornstad General Staff. Distinguished Service Medal to Miss Dora E. Thompson, Supt. Army Nurse Corp. Rear: Adml. A.H. Robertson, Maj Genl. Wm. H. Carter, Col. H. O. Williams, Chief of Staff, Dept. of Panama. Col. Chas. Lynch Medical Corps, Col. Chas. Lloyd, Col. Melvyn C. Buckey, Col. Russell C. Langdon, Col. Geo S. Patton, Commander J. J. Snyder, U.S.N., Lt. Col. Slocum, Captain Emanuel Eugene Lombard, French Army, now Military Attache at Washington, Dr. Chas. R. Mann, Col. Bascom Little, and Col. Albert A. Acher. Photo shows group on the steps of the War Dept.

The author was a 2nd Lieutenant when he joined the Sixth Cavalry in 1874 and remained on their rolls for his entire career. In 1900 he wrote this history of the unit and had it privately published in Baltimore. Unfortunately a large part of the edition was destroyed by fire, making the original book one of the scarcest and most expensive histories of a major military unit.

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