ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY
By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry
Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas
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Near Moro River, New Mexico, on June 30, 1854, Companies D and H, under Captain Sykes, were engaged with the Indians. Lieutenant Maxwell, Third Infantry, acting as adjutant of the expedition, was killed and two men from H Company, Second Dragoons, were wounded.
Companies D, E, H, and K, left New Mexico under Lieutenant Colonel Cooke in September, 1854, and marched via Fort Riley, Kansas, to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where they arrived October 7. At the latter post they were recruited and remounted for field service the following year.
NEW MEXICO TO KANSAS…D, E, H, AND K
Headquarters of the Army
Washington, March 15, 1854
GENERAL ORDERS No. 10
1….Should the commander of the Ninth Department still adhere to his recommendation of October 31, 1851, for the reduction of five companies of his cavalry force, he will order to Fort Leavenworth, when their services can be dispensed with, the four companies (D, E, H, and K) of the Second Dragoons now serving in New Mexico, transferring therefrom to the First Regiment a sufficient number of men (with their horses) to fill up the five companies of the regiment remaining in the Territory. The men so transferred will be selected from those having the longest periods to serve, and in such a manner as to equalize as far as practicable the strength of the four companies from which they were taken.
By command of Major-General SCOTT
L. THOMAS, Acting Adjutant-General