George W. Hunt papers  1864-1907 (bulk 1864-1865)
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Biography

Hunt, George W., b. 1844

Rank : Private?

Regiment : 15th New York Cavalry Regiment. Co. K (1863-1865)

Service : 1863 October 15-1865 June 17 (when consolidated with the 6th New York Cavalry)

Late in the summer, 1863, George W. Hunt enlisted in Company K of the 15th New York Cavalry Regiment, a company raised in Syracuse, Ithaca, and Utica. Within a few days of mustering into the U.S. service in October, Hunt was bound for western Virginia, where his regiment would be attached to the 2nd Brigade, West Virginia Cavalry, and later to the 3rd Cavalry Division of the Army of the Shenandoah. The "Red Neck Ties" served much of their two years under arms in and near the Shenandoah Valley, commanded after October 1864 by George Armstrong Custer. They participated in a large number of skirmishes and were present for Sheridan's Shenandoah Campaign of 1864, and the battles of Tom's Brook, Five Forks, Appomatox Station and Appomatox Court House.

On June 17, 1863, the 15th Cavalry were consolidated with the remnants of the 6th Cavalry and redesignated the 2nd Provisional Cavalry. They were mustered out of the service later in the summer. After the war, Hunt returned home to Aurora, N.Y., and worked for the Post Office. He was very active in veterans' organizations for many years.