David.Gettman December 6th, 2008
ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY
By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry
Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas
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Colonel William S. Harney was promoted to be a brigadier general June 14, 1858, and continued on duty at Fort Leavenworth in command of the forces pacifying the domestic disturbances in Kansas. Colonel Harney had been a member of the Second Dragoons since its inception in 1836, commanding a brigade much of the time in the Mexican War, and at other times acting as Department commander in Texas and Kansas. He was breveted a colonel for gallantry and meritorious conduct in Florida, and was breveted a brigadier general in the battle of Cerro Gordo, Mexico. At the close of the Civil War he was breveted a major general for long and faithful service. He died May 9, 1889. Lieutenant Colonel St. G. Cooke became colonel of the regiment.