Auction 102

Lot 512:

CIVIL WAR MOLLUS MEDAL 6TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY CAPTAIN

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Rare numbered MOLLUS medal 13967 numbered to Captain Jacob O. Probasco of the 6th Michigan Cavalry Residence Lyons, Michigan, 18 years old. Enlisted on 9/8/1862 at Lyons, MI as a Corporal. On 10/11/1862 he mustered into ‘E’ Co. MI 6th Cavalry. He was transferred out on 11/17/1865. On 11/17/1865 he transferred into ‘H’ Co. MI 1st Cavalry. He was discharged on 6/6/1866 Promotions: Comm Sergt 3/1/1863; 2nd Lieut 11/12/1863; 1st Lieut 5/19/1864; Capt 12/10/1864 (As of Co. K). The 6th Michigan Cavalry was organized at Grand Rapids, Michigan, from May 28 to October 13, 1862, and mustered in October 13, 1862. Among the officers who later joined the regiment as replacements were Thomas W. Custer, who would earn two Medals of Honor while serving with the 6th in the spring of 1865. The regiment was assigned to what became the Michigan Brigade during the early part of the Gettysburg Campaign in June 1863. It saw its first actions under General Custer at the Hanover, Hunterstown, and Gettysburg. Armed with Spencer Repeating Rifles, the 6th provided superior firepower against the lightly armed Confederate cavalry. Sent out to the Old West frontier following the cessation of hostilities in mid-1865, the 6th, commanded by Colonel James H. Kidd and under the overall command of Brigadier General Patrick Connor constructed ‘Fort Connor’ as a supply depot during the Powder River Expeditions of that summer. A detachment of the regiment guarding James A. Sawyers wagon train participated in the Sawyers Fight of August and September 1865. The regiment was mustered out of service on November 24, 1865.

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