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Trevilian, Largest Cavalry Battle of the Civil War, Topic of October 25th Round Table


Last updated 10/27/2015 at 7:39am

Major General Philip Sheridan and his generals in front of Sheridan's tent, 1864: from left to right are Henry E. Davies, David McM. Gregg, Sheridan, Wesley Merritt, Alfred Torbert, and James H. Wilson.

In only his second raid as commander of the Union cavalry, Major General Philip Sheridan engaged in what was to be the largest all-cavalry battle of the Civil War. While raiding the Virginia Central Railroad and the James River Canal in an attempt to destroy Confederate supply lines, Sheridan's troops encountered Major General Wade Hampton's Confederate cavalrymen near Trevilian Station, Virginia. Learn more about the Trevilian Raid of 11-12 June 1864 when Stan Maine speaks at the next North Country Civil War Round Table on Sunday, October 25th, 2 p.m. at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton.

The two-day battle at Trevilian Station encompassed approximately 14,000 cavalry troops and raged over 7,000 acres. Several New York cavalry regiments participated at Trevilian under Sheridan, including the 6th NY (Cos. E, I & K) and the 9th NY (Co. L), which contained troops from the North Country. Descendants of some of these troops still live in the area today.

Stan Maine, the speaker, lives in Pierrepont, serves as a trustee for the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. He is chairman of the SLCHA Building Committee as well as the North Country Civil War Roundtable.

The SLCHA Gift Shop is a great way to take some Civil War history home, with replica Confederate coins and books like Gallantry in the Field: Potsdam and the Civil War and Life on the Homefront During the Civil War. SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on most items in The Gift Shop.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m. Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children, $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is located at 3 E. Main St., Canton. Parking is available in the back of the SLCHA, next to the museum's main entrance.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history. For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail Civil War Roundtable programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Visit the SLCHA's website,, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.


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