David McMurtrie Gregg (1833-1916)

David McMurtrie Gregg graduated West Point in 1855. In 1862 he accepted the position of colonel of the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Seeing how the Confederacy used their cavalry for raids and for quick-hitting attacks in the rear, Gregg wished to do the same, rather than use the cavalry as mounted escorts. At the battle of Brandy Station he successfully demonstrated his idea. In November 1862 he was appointed brigadier general of volunteers and commanded a division in Stoneman's raid and Gettysburg. He resigned abruptly in February 1965, before the end of the war. In 1866 he applied for reinstatement and hoped to be appointed a colonel in the 8th Cavalry, but the post went to his cousin, John Irvin Gregg. They were both grandsons of Senator Andrew Gregg of Pennsylvania.

1863 circa 5 years
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