1st Regiment, D.C. Cavalry (Maine)

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Brief History

This Regiment was an independent organization designed for special services in Washington, D.C. Its' first officers were commissioned by the President of the United States. The later companies had their officers commissioned by the Governor of the State of Maine. The regiment did not arrive in Washington at the same time, but over a period of time covering the end of October to the end of February.[1] 

Eight of this regiment's companies were organized at Augusta, ME from October 1863 to March 1864 for three years service.[2]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Company D -
Company F -
Company G -
Company H -
Company I -
Company K -
Company L -
Company M -

Other sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Maine in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Maine in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Maine, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • FamilySearch Historical Collections. Maine State Archive, Collections, 1790-1966. 1st D.C. Cavalry, Muster Descriptive Rolls, Muster-In Rolls of Officers, Muster-In Rolls p. 585-601.
  • Maine State Archive, Collections, 1790-1966 - 1st D.C. Cavalry, Transfer Rolls, Monthly Returns and Miscellaneous Returns p. 602-624


  1. Maine State Archives. First D.C. Cavalry, (accessed 18 January 2012).
  2. Maine State Archives. Capsule histories of the 1st, 2nd regiments of Maine Cavalry and 1st DC Cavalry, (accessed 18 January 2012).