4th Regiment Michigan Cavalry

Service History of
4th Regiment Michigan Cavalry

Major Frank W. Mix
Company B

Capt Henry A. Potter
Company H

Lt Col Robert Minty

Rand Bitter is a scholar who researched Robert Minty's Cavalry Brigade and brought together almost everything known of Minty, his family, the cavalry and his life after the war into a book: "Minty and The Cavalry". The book is self-published and consists of 580 pages with copious footnotes and excerpts from brigade histories and Official Records correspondence, newspaper articles by Minty and his men and diaries by soldiers who fought with him. If I was only able to read only one book on Minty and his Sabre Brigade this is the one I would choose. 
Contact Rand:  rbitter@comcast.net 

Read Henry Potter's Account of Chickamauga and Wheeler's Raid - click link below


  Henry Albert Potter's Diary of Chickamauga and Wheeler's Raid

Read Henry Albert Potter's letters home from the war

1-7 Letters written August - December 1862
8-13 Letters written January - March 1863
14-27 Letters written April - October 1863
28-37 Letters written November 1863-April 1864
Letters 38-53 written May 1864 - August 1864
Letters 54-65 written September - May 1865
A poem and Letters to Kate after the War

Read Biographs of 4th Michiagan Soldiers sent in by their decendants
Surnames: B , C , R , P ,

4th Michigan Cavalry Reenactors from London


 4th Michigan Calvalry Organization and Service
From Fredrick Dyer's Compendium

 ORGANIZED --- at Detroit, Mich., and mustered in August 28, 1862. Left State for Louisville, Ky, September 26. Attached to 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1862. 1st Brigade , Cavalry Dividion, Army of the Cumberland, to January , 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division , Army of the Cumberland, To October, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Army of the Cumberland to November 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Army of the Cumberland, to November 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Wilson’s Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi to November 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to July 1865.

SERVICE --- Advance on Stanford, Ky, October 10,-14, 1862. Action at Stanford October 14. March to Gallatin, Tenn., November 1-8. Cumberland River, near Gallatin, Tenn., November 8. Lebanon November 11. Franklin Pike, near Hollow Tree Gap, December 4. Reconnoissance from Nashville to Trenton December 11-12. Wilson’s Creek Pike December 11. Franklin December 12. Near Murfreesboro December 15. Reconnoissance from Rural Hill December 20. Wilson’s Creek Pike December 21. (Cos "A" and "B") Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30 Lavergne December 26-27 Stewart's Creek Bridge, Jefferson Pike, December 27 (Cost "B." "E." "H" and "L"). Battle of Stone River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Overall's Creek December 31. Lavergne and Stewart's Creek January 1 (Cost "A," "D." "E" and "G"). Lytle's Creek January 5, 1863. Reconnoissance to Harpeth River and Cumberland Shoals January 13-19. Woodbury January 24. Unionville and Rover January 31. Expedition to Franklin January 31-February 13. Rover February 13. Manchester Pike February 22 (Detachment). Unionville and Rover March 4. Expedition toward Columbia March 4-14. Thompson’s Station March 9. Rutherford Creek March 10-11. Expedition from Murfreesboro to Auburn, Liberty, Snow Hill etc. April 2-6. Snow Hill, Woodbury and Liberty April 3, Franklin April 10. Expedition to McMinnville April 20-30. Hickory Creek April 21. Expedition to Middleton May 21-22. Middleton May 22. Near Murfreesboro June 3. Scout on Middleton and Eaglesville Pike June 10. Scout on Salem Pike June 12. Expedition to Lebanon June 15-17. Lebanon June 16. Middle Tennessee (or Tullahoma) Campaign June 23-July 7. Fosterville and Guy's Gap June 27. Shelbyville June 27. Reconnoissance to Rock Island Ferry August 4-5. Sparta August 9. Passage of the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Calf Killer River August 17 Pea Vine Ridge and Reed's Bridge September 18. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-21. Rossville Gap September 21. Operations against Wheeler and Roddy September 30-October 17. McMinnville October 4. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Raid on East Tennessee & Georgia Railroad November 24-27. Charleston and Cleveland November 26. March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 8. On courier duty between Headquarters of General Grant and General Burnside during December Cleveland December 22 (Detachment). Scout from Rossville toward Dalton, Ga., January 21-23, 1864. Near Dalton January 22. Ringgold. Ga., February 18. Demonstrations on Dalton, Ga., February 22-27. Tunnel Hill and near Dalton February 23. Buzzard's Roost Gap and Rocky Faced Ridge February 23-25. Stone Church, near Catoosa Platform, February 27. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8 Tanner's Bridge May 15. Near Rome May 15. Arundel Creek and Floyd's Springs May 16. Near Kingston May 18. Near Dallas May 24. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Big Shanty June 9. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. MeAffee's Cross Roads June 11. Noonday Creek June 20. Powder Springs or Lattimer's Mills June 20. Noonday Creek June 27. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Tunnel Hill June 28. On line of Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Rottenwood Creek July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Flint Hill Church July 20. Garrard's Raid to Covington July 22-24. Garrard's Raid to South River July 27-31. Flat Rock Bridge July 28. Siege of Atlanta August 1-16. Kilpatrick's Raid around Atlanta August 18-22. Red Oak August 19. Flint River and Jonesboro August 19. Lovejoy Station August 20. Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge August 26-September 2. Sandtown August 29. Rosswell September 28. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. Lost Mountain October 4-7. New Hope Church October 5. Dallas October 7. Near Rome October 11. Narrows October 11. Coosaville Road, near Rome October 13. Little River October 20. Blue Pond and Leesburg October 21. Ordered to Nashville, Tenn. October 26 thence to Louisville, Ky., to refit At Louisville till December 28. March from Louisville I Ky, to Gravelly Springs, Ala., December 28, 1 1864, to January 25, 1865, and duty there till March —. Wilson's Raid from Chickasaw, Ala., to Macon, Ga., March 22-April 24. Selma, Ala., April 2. Montgomery April 12. Pleasant Hill and Double Bridges April 18. Capture of Macon April 20 Pursuit and capture of Jeff Davis at Irwinsville Ga., May 10 (Detachment). Duty at Macon and Nashville till July. Mustered out July 1, 1865. 

The regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 48 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 341 Enlisted men by disease. Total 394.