Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in United States, North and Central America

After 1861

Oil on canvas

36 x 47 7/8 inches (91.4 x 121.6 cm) Framed: 42 1/16 x 54 x 2 3/4 inches (106.8 x 137.2 x 7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1968

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The troops of the Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry were mustered into service between August and October of 1861, under the leadership of commanding officer Colonel David Campbell, with orders to assist in the defense of Washington, D.C. The regiment's military successes were notably attributed to Colonel Campbell's strict discipline and personal supervision of drills, parades, and guard mounts, evident in this painting. The Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry went on to serve in the Battle of Gettysburg, the Wilderness Campaign, two of Sheridan's raids, and the Appomattox Campaign, and were present at Lee's surrender at the Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865.