2d Dragoons

Serving proudly since 1836

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The Second Cavalry Association Regimental History Center


This is a Cavalry site. Many of the stories here are told in the words of the men who experienced them. No attempt has been made to “smooth the edges” or “soften the story” for the viewing public. In the same aspect, no attempt has been made to cover up the names of the men who fought and died, nor the circumstances that brought about their final acts. It is the task of the Cavalry to take the fight to the enemy and disrupt his ability to function – a task that we perform quite well. Family members seeking information about a loved one may find more than they had hoped for.


Men who fight know that it is not the fighting man’s objective to get decorated or commended but to accomplish your mission at all costs of ignominy, oblivion, or even death….The greatest hero of all-time will always remain the “Unknown Soldier” chiefly because we know him or knew him so well. We can easily visualize his death with a machine gun still hot barreled in his lap where he slumped over for the last time. Or maybe he remains tangled in the wreckage of a plane. We have seen him a hundred times stretched out by the road always just about to do one more thing to make it safer for us. As we ride through liberated or surrendered towns or start telling our stories we may forget him because he is always so silent, so humble about his heroism into the ultimate. But in the long run we remember him a thousand times….” Excerpt from FOREVER FORWARD, the history of the 99th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, WW II.


Dragoon For Life print

Posted by on 08:58 in Current, From the Editor | 1 comment

2d Cavalry Association Custom Print Our gift to you for a donation of $150 Here is a chance to aid a veteran and/or his family and receive a beautiful and unique print from the 2d Cavalry Association. Dr. Al Biglan recently sponsored a project to produce a unique custom print for the 2d Cavalry Association. Through his generosity Jamie Warner, a legally blind artist, created a beautiful print depicting the history of the 2d Cavalry Regiment, shown here: Artist: Jamie Warner – Size: 31″ X 25 1/2″ During our 2011 reunion Jamie...

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Site Credits

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Numerous sources and contributors have combined to make this site what it is. To give proper credit to all would be near impossible for my limited time and resources and would bring to a halt any further work on the site. The majority of the material used in the creation of this site is from two sources, “SECOND UNITED STATES CAVALRY – A HISTORY” and “ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY”. SECOND UNITED STATES CAVALRY – A HISTORY The Ghosts of Patton’s Third Army Compiled, edited and published by...

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Regimental Yearbooks

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Following is a list of links to numerous yearbooks from the 2d Cavalry Regiment. TO VIEW EACH BOOK IN ITS ENTIRETY, CLICK ON THE LINKS ABOVE EACH PHOTO If you have a yearbook that is not listed that you would like to temporarily donate for scanning, or permanently donate to our 2d Cavalry Museum, please contact the WEBMASTER. 1922 – Yearbook 1936 – 100th Anniversary 1941 – Yearbook 1951 – 115th Anniversary 1952 – 116th Anniversary 1953 – 117th Anniversary [COMING SOON] 1954 – 118th Anniversary 1954...

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Site Index

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The following is a listing of all the sections contained on this site, for the most part in a time-line, and all the stories in each section, also for the most part in a time-line. You can pick a particular section to browse, or a specific story, or better yet start at the beginning and work your way up through history to the present with the oldest continuously serving mounted regiment in the US Army today. DRAGOON 1836-1861 Dragoon Tactics and Early Weapons Fort Jesup Western Expansion SEMINOLE WAR 1836-1842 Trouble in Florida The Regiment...

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2d Dragoon Tribute

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A tribute to the troopers of the 2d Dragoon’s, past, present, and future. This is a Windows Media File of about 30mb. It may take a few minutes to load. If you don’t have a high speed cable connection, it is recommended you save the file to your computer for play. Click here to view video: OLD SOLDIER Many of these photos I “pilfered” from members photo albums on DRAGOON BASE. Several were sent to me by veterans of the regiment, or by their surviving relatives, and then some have just been laying around the house...

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Dragoon Tactics and Early Weapons

Posted by on 11:50 in Dragoon 1836-1861 | 7 comments

Researched and Written by Wally Tomtschik Dragoons used different tactics than Cavalry. In the old history of the 2d Dragoons, very few of their number actually were killed. They were masters of using the land and could live off the land very comfortably. The horses were treated with loving care and protected from harm, being used for transportation rather than in battle, with a horse holder holding the horses out of sight, hidden in the background. The horse holder would hold 4 horses. Dismounted, the other 3 Dragoons would fan out and...

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TROUBLE IN FLORIDA

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From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. Spain ceded Florida to the United States on July 17, 1821. Emigration from adjoining states began at once, but it was found by the new settlers that the most desirable land was occupied by the Seminole Indians, who were originally Creeks from Georgia. According to the census by the superintendent of Indian affairs in 1822, there were less than 5,000 of...

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THE REGIMENT IS FORMED

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From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. Until the year 1833 our cavalry had an uncertain existence, the troops being raised for emergencies and disbanded when their services were no longer necessary. After the Revolutionary War, the first mounted troops to be organized in this country were four companies of light dragoons in 1792. This was later reduced to two companies and then under the act...

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SEMINOLE WAR

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From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. Even before the arrival of the Regiment for its first assignment, the men who became Company D had their first encounter near Micanopy, Florida on 10 June 1836. They drew “first blood” as members of the Regiment in July 1836 in a spirited engagement at Welika Pond, near Fort Defiance, Florida, on 19 July 1836. In December 1836, the first four...

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MICANOPY

Posted by on 12:16 in Seminole War 1836-1842 | 4 comments

From: ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas Capper Printing Company, Inc. The first baptism of fire for the regiment occurred at Micanopy, Florida, on June 10, 1836. Company D, under Lieutenant Wheelock, First Dragoons, was stationed at the stockade at this place as a part of the garrison under Major Heiliman, Second Artillery. About 200 Seminole Indians led by Osceola attacked early in the morning, hoping to draw out the...

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