Living History: 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry

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Help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War by joining costumed re-enactors at the historic Fort Vancouver as they portray members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. There are several dates this year to participate in this Living History celebration. Activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest. This is a FREE event and is a great opportunity to experience the past.

2015 Event Dates:
6/6, 6/20, 7/4, 7/18, 8/1, 8/15, 9/5, 09/19, 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19

Location: Parade Ground
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM
Contact Phone Number:(360) 816-6230

A Little Info About 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry
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The 1st Regiment, Oregon Cavalry was part of the volunteer Union army that participated in the American Civil War. The men that served in this regiment primarily served to protect the state of Oregon and surrounding territories in the Pacific Coast Theater of the American Civil War.

Initially only part of the regiment was organized in Oregon from December 1861 to April 1862. In May 1862, the men were sent into the Washington Territory to protect immigrants and miners along the Salmon River. The 1st Regiment, Oregon Cavalry occupied Fort Walla Walla in June 1862 and sent out various expeditions over the next two years to fight the Snake Indians and other threats. Several companies scattered to other frontier forts, including Fort Vancouver and Fort Dalles for duties such as constructing roads through the wilderness. In January 1863, the remaining portion of the regiment were authorized for duty and served at Camp Watson, Fort Klamath, Fort Dalles and Fort Boise in Idaho Territory.

Men signed up for a three-year tour of duty with pay of $31 per month for each soldier. At the end of service men were given a $100 bounty and 160 acres.

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