The original regimental history of the Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry was written in 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War.  When Chaplain Samuel Levis Gracey wrote his fine history, he had only the benefit of his own diary to draw upon as a resource.  Since so many members of the regiment were as literate and prolific as they were, a rich legacy lay untapped for many years.

            Award-winning cavalry historians Edward G. Longacre, author of The Cavalry at Gettysburg, which won the Fletcher Pratt Award, and Eric J. Wittenberg, author of Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions, which won the Batchelder-Coddington Literary Award, have decided to combine forces to write a new regimental history of the Lancers.  The book will be published by Combined Books of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, and will be titled Rush’s Lancers: The Story of the Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry.  Messrs. Longacre and Wittenberg intend to give the Lancers the detailed historical treatment that their rich legacy deserves. 

            Their work will include a complete roster of the regiment, a listing of its engagements, maps, photographs, and a rich narrative of the career and exploits of the regiment that Brig. Gen. John Buford called “my Seventh Regulars”.


            Ed and Eric welcome any contributions or input that anyone might have.  Feel free to contact Eric at


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