Finding aid for the Wells A. Bushnell, Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Memoir


Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Bushnell, Wells A.
Title: Wells A. Bushnell, Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Memoir
Dates: 1898-1905
Extent: 0.20 linear feet (1 container)
Abstract: Wells A. Bushnell (1839-1907) was born in Trumbull County, Ohio. He enlisted in 1861 as a private for three years in the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry at Orwell, Ohio, and was appointed a corporal soon thereafter. He was captured in 1862 at Catlett Station, Virginia, and spent ten days in Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia, before being exchanged. He was appointed a sergeant in Company A, Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on January 1, 1863, and subsequently served as a quartermaster sergeant and orderly sergeant in Company A throughout 1863 and 1864. He was promoted to second lieutenant November 12, 1864, and then to first lieutenant January 31, 1865, in Company E of the Sixth Ohio. Bushnell resigned from service May 28, 1865. The Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry saw heavy action throughout the American Civil War. Originating at Orwell, Ohio, and surrounding areas, it was one of two cavalry regiments raised by Senator Benjamin F. Wade and Congressman John Hutchins of Ohio. The Sixth entered the war in June 1862 during the pursuit of Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley campaign. Throughout the war, the Sixth participated in numerous battles and engagements, including Cross Keys, Luray Court House, Warrenton, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, Kelly's Ford, Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville, Rapidan Station, Bristoe Station, Gettysburg, Yellow Tavern, Cold Harbor, Trevilians' Station, Malvern Hill, Dinwiddie Court House, Five Forks, and Appomattox. The Sixth was present at the surrender of Confederate forces at Appomattox. The collection consists of a bound volume compiled and written in longhand by Wells A. Bushnell concerning his service in and the history of the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. It also contains notes, a newspaper clipping, and a ribbon removed form the bound volume. The memoir documents the movements, actions, and battles in which the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry participated from 1862-1865, including the Shenandoah Valley campaign, Cross Keys, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Five Forks, and Appomattox. It describes other aspects of the war, including camp life of the soldiers, troop movements and transportation, and Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. The memoir also includes a roster of officers and enlisted men of Company A of the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, which details their military service and in many cases notes their death dates. This bound volume was removed from MS 2152 Regimental Papers of the Civil War, Container 17, Bound Volume 1, for this microfilm reproduction.
MS Number MS 2152A
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English