Friedrich Wilhelm Bernhardt 1845–1892

GAR grave marker

Civil War Veteran                                                         PA. 6th Calvary ‘Rush’s Lancers’

Friedrich Wilhelm Bernhardt                                    2nd Great Grandfather                                           Born 1845 • Württemberg, Hamburg, Germany         Died 1892  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania                     He was a Boot/ Shoemaker                   

The Sixth Pennsylvania Calvary “Rush’s Lancers”

Rush's Lancers

The men of the Sixth Pennsylvania were the cream of Philadelphia society. Most of the officers came from the leading families of the City of Brotherly Love. Many of them served in the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, a militia unit that was originally formed to serve as George Washington’s personal body guard during the Revolutionary War. These bright, talented young men left their mark on many battlefield of the Civil War, earning them the proud title of…           “the Seventh Regulars.”

Frederick Bernhardt, Pvt. – 70th Regiment Sixth Pa. Vol. Cavalry             Company F -recruited in Philadelphia.

A Pvt. Civil War Union Soldier for 1 year term                                               Mustered in 10 Mar 1865, with Company F of the 6th Penna. Volunteers Cavalry, known as “Rush’s Lancers”. Was transferred to Company D, 2nd Provisional Cavalry, June 17, 1865. He mustered out Lebanon, Kentucky, August 7, 1865.

The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry                                                                        participated in these engagements during his career

  • 28 March-9 April 1865 – Appomattox Campaign, VA
  • 30 March 1865 – Skirmishes on the line of Hatcher’s and Gravelly Runs, VA
  • 30-31 March 1865 – Engagement, Dinwiddie Court House, VA
  • 1 April 1865 – Battle, Five Forks, VA
  • 2 April 1865 – Action, Scott’s Cross Roads, VA
  • 4 April 1865 – Skirmish, Tabernacle Church (Beaver Dam Creek), VA
  • 6 April 1865 – Engagement, Sailor’s Creek, VA
  • 8 April 1865 – Engagement, Appomattox Station, VA
  • 9 April 1865 – Engagement, Clover Hill, Appomattox Court House, VA
  • 9 April 1865 – The Surrender, Appomattox Court House, VA

The Battle of Appomattox Court House, fought on the morning of April 9, 1865, was one of the last battles of the Civil War. The final engagement of General Robert E. Lee and his Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. That afternoon under Robert E. Lee the Confederate Army surrendered to the Union Army under Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant.


Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parents, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle


I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle


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