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THE 10TH

NEW YORK

CAVALRY

A mounted living history group operating under the auspices of the Northwest Civil War Council and the Northwest Cavalry Association.


THE ORIGINAL 10TH NY

The original 10th NY Cavalry served in the Army of the Potomac during the U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865.  The 10th NY fought in many of the largest and bloodiest cavalry battles of the war, at places like Brandy Station, Trevilian Station and St. Mary's Church.  In total, they participated in more than 150 battles, skirmishes and raids.

Their full story is of bravery and heroism:
John Ordner, a 26-year old German-born captain who was unjustly accused of wrong-doing and returned to the 10th only to be killed by leading a charge. 

Noble Preston, a commissary lieutenant who received the Medal of Honor for leading a decisive charge when a company commander was killed.
Burton Porter, who was taken prisoner, escaped, was recaptured and escaped again, to find that his obituary had been published!

The men and boys of the 10th NY were people just like you and me, from every walk of life.  They knew little of soldiering, but wanted to fight to keep the Union whole.  Today we retell their stories, so that their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Read about the 10th NY Cavalry


JOIN THE CAVALRY!

By joining the 10th New York Cavalry you can travel back in time.  You can bring the Civil War era back to life for yourself and others.  If you wish to rediscover the bond between the cavalry trooper and his mount, and delve into the recreation of American history, the 10th NY may be a home for you.

WHAT ACTIVITIES DOES THE 10TH NEW YORK PARTICIPATE IN?

We participate in at least four Civil War battle events sponsored by the Northwest Civil War Council in Oregon: McIver State Park (April); Willamette Mission State Park (July); Rooster Rock State Park (August); and Ft. Stevens State Park (Labor Day weekend).  We also participate in training events, school presentations, parades, equine fairs and back-country events.

 

WHY DO WE ENJOY THIS HOBBY?

Some of us enjoy expanding the boundaries of what we can do with our horses.  Some of us want to learn the skills of the cavalryman - mounted drill, using sabre, pistol and carbine from horseback, caring for our horses "on the march", or living out of our saddlebags.  Some enjoy Civil War history, or had ancestors who fought in the war.  The biggest reason we do this is, its FUN!  We think its the most fun you can have with a horse!  With many activities and roles to choose from there is something for everyone to enjoy.

DO I NEED TO HAVE MY OWN HORSE?

You don't need to own a horse to join.  However, the 10th New York is a mounted unit, so we expect that you either know how to ride, or want to learn how to ride and care for horses.  Some members own horses while others ride or lease horses belonging to other members.

HOW DO YOU TRAIN YOUR HORSES TO BE CALM AROUND SHOOTING?

Before we bring any horse to a public event we take them to training events where they are gradually exposed to gunfire and the other sights and sounds of army life - flags, tents, ground troops, etc.  We use calm and experienced horses to show the new horses that there is nothing to fear.  We've found that just about any horse with solid basic training and good manners around other horses will do well.


I'M INTERESTED IN JOINING UP, HOW DO I GET STARTED?

We recommend that you attend one of our trainings or a public event to check things out.  Once you've decided to join, you will need to become a member of the Northwest Civil War Council ($15 individual, $30 family). We have some loaner gear available, but you will probably need to make  or purchase a uniform within the 1st year of your enlistment.  We can recommend sources for clothing, patterns and material.

A complete kit includes a sabre, pistol, carbine, a McClellan saddle, military halter and bridle, canteen, haversack, canvas buttoned "dog" tent, tin cup, wool blanket and rain poncho.  We recommend that you take your time and buy quality reproductions.

To join the 10th New York Cavalry
or for more information

Call Ken Morris at 503.262.7042 or by email at 10nycav@usa.net

Dan Miller at 503.623.3157 or by email at cavalry.bugler@att.net