By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry
Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas
Capper Printing Company, Inc.

us5e2cv61The depredations of the Navajo Indians in New Mexico became so numerous in 1860 that it was necessary to send some of the troops from Utah to that territory. Among those which went there were Companies G and I, Second Dragoons, arriving at Fort Garland and Eutaw Creek respectively July 27. Taking the field as a party of the Navajo Expedition in September, they continued in pursuit of the Indians until October 28. During this time they assisted in the capture of 2,000 sheep and 200 horses, and killed six Indians.

During six months of this year it was calculated that the regiment marched 7,650 miles in the states of Oregon, California, New Mexico, Kansas, and Nebraska. A march the following spring made by Lieutenant Sanders and a sergeant in pursuit of deserters is worthy of notice. They followed the deserters from Fort Crittenden (Camp Floyd), Utah, to the vicinity of Los Angeles, where they were captured and turned over to the nearest post. The detachment left March 30, and returned May 31, marching 1,600 miles in fifty-nine days.

At the end of the year 1860 the Second Dragoons were stationed as follows: Regimental Headquarters, Band, and Companies B, E, and H at Fort Crittenden (Camp Floyd), Utah; A at Fort Kearney, Nebraska; C and K at Fort Scott, Kansas; D and F at Fort Laramie, Wyoming; G and I at Taos, New Mexico.


  1. we have found an inscription in N.E. arizona from october 21
    1860 with C.B. Brady, and B. Lucero from the second dragoons of the Navajo expedition. Can you help us find a roster of men from this expedition??


    1. Fred,
      Thanks for contacting the 2d Cavalry Association’s Regimental History website concerning the inscriptions you found.
      Unfortunately, these inscriptions would involve the “other” 2d Cavalry Regiment, which was formed in 1855 and redesignated 5th US Cavalry in 1861.
      We represent the 2d Regiment of Dragoons, formed in 1836 and redesignated 2d US Cavalry in 1861.
      I would suggest contacting the 5th Cavalry Association at

      Hope this helps.


  2. I am interested in finding a marriage that I believe occurred at Ft Laramie between my GG Grandfather Daniel Stine (or Steine) and a 19 year old Irish gal named Ellen about 1860/61. Was an enlisted man required to get permission from his command in order to marry and if so were do you suggest I look next? Daniel was Company F 2nd Dragoons. Thank you. Wayne


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