First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry

First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry Designated as:
A-TRP, 1-104TH CAV,
28TH ID, PA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

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This purely volunteer cavalry troop was the first organized in defense of the colonies. Today the Troop is certainly the oldest mounted military unit and quite possibly the oldest military unit of any kind that has been in continuous service to the Republic. The times that called it into being, and the character of the original members who fought through the seven years of the American Revolution,

together forged concepts of service and a body of tradition that have given it a continuity of purpose for almost 250 years. The First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry is a private military organization in the service of the United States. Because unique demands and opportunities are imposed upon its members, they become a closely knit fraternity. Members who serve in the Troop are members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard who serve with A Troop 1-104th Cavalry in the 28th Infantry Division. Many have served overseas, and include deployments to Bosnia, Cuba, Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt and other locations during their Troop service or at another time during their military career. New recruits interested in joining the PA National Guard, or prior-service military looking to join are welcome to inquire about membership. Many officers have resigned their commission to join our enlisted ranks from all branches of service. Please feel free to post questions about membership to our Facebook wall. We will get back to you promptly, and will gladly arrange a meeting at your convenience.

Happy birthday to The National Guard!
12/13/2023

Happy birthday to The National Guard!

The Troop mourns the loss of Honorary Chaplain, The Reverend G. Clayton Ames, III, No. 2264. “AMES GEORGE CLAYTON, III, ...
12/05/2023

The Troop mourns the loss of Honorary Chaplain, The Reverend G. Clayton Ames, III, No. 2264.

“AMES GEORGE CLAYTON, III, D.DIV. Of Phila., PA, died peacefully on Nov. 29th, 2023 at the age of 79. Clayton is survived by his brother Rich M. Ames and his sister Dr. Meg Mann and numerous nieces and nephews. His Memorial Service will be held on Mon. Dec. 11th. at 11 A.M. in Arch Street Presbyterian Church, 1724 Arch St., Phila., PA 19103. Burial will follow in The Woodlands Cem. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Clayton's memory to either Lafayette College or Princeton Theological Seminary.”

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/inquirer/name/clayton-ames-obituary?id=53754968

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12/01/2023

GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY! 🇺🇸🫏🏈

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U.S. Soldiers with the Pennsylvania National Guard's First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry (Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 104th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division) share their support for the Army Black Knights football team. (U.S. Army National Guard video by 1s...

11/26/2023

Last week, First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry celebrated their 249th Anniversary! They kicked off the celebrations with a procession to Carpenters' Hall. Did you know that the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry first met in Carpenters Hall in 1774? They were initially named the Light Horse of the City of Philadelphia.

Congratulations again, and it was a pleasure hosting you!

Thanksgiving greetings from the First City Troop!
11/23/2023

Thanksgiving greetings from the First City Troop!

Congratulations to our Assistant Chaplain, Father Christopher Butera!“Father Christopher Butera, pastor of Sacred Heart ...
11/19/2023

Congratulations to our Assistant Chaplain, Father Christopher Butera!

“Father Christopher Butera, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bath, was invested as a Deputy Chaplain for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta during a Mass Nov. 9 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York.

Bishop Alfred Schlert, a Chaplain of the order, was main celebrant of the Mass.

The Order of Malta is a lay religious order of the Catholic Church founded in 1113. It is known for its care of the sick and the poor, and for its defense of the faith. It is active in 120 countries caring for people in need through its medical, social, and humanitarian works.”

Father Christopher Butera was invested as a Deputy Chaplain for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York.

Honorary Corporal Eugene Hough has a passion for preserving history, especially on hallowed ground. Thanks to Honorary H...
11/18/2023

Honorary Corporal Eugene Hough has a passion for preserving history, especially on hallowed ground. Thanks to Honorary Hough, the Pennsylvania State Society, NSDAR, and all those who keep and honor the memory of our Patriot forebears.

📌 A Letter of Note on progress at Old Swed Cemetery from Pennsylvania Daisy Ms. Barb.

Look what is happening at our State Project! Today Eugene Hough, Christie and Scott Logan, Bill Shaw, and Barb up righted gravestones in 5 out of the 20 rows. We also cross-referenced the location of the gravestones with 2 resources to ensure accuracy.

It was a very productive and exciting day. The once-neglected cemetery is finally taking shape as we restore it to its historic beauty.

The project is “Sparkling and Blooming” because of your continuous support. Thank you!


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The Troop was founded in Carpenters' Hall 249 years ago. Happy anniversary to the men of the Troop! Please share a pictu...
11/17/2023

The Troop was founded in Carpenters' Hall 249 years ago. Happy anniversary to the men of the Troop!

Please share a picture of your Troop flag below.

The Troop was proud to participate in yesterday’s Philadelphia Veterans Parade. Thank you to all of our nation’s veteran...
11/06/2023

The Troop was proud to participate in yesterday’s Philadelphia Veterans Parade. Thank you to all of our nation’s veterans!

The Troop mourns the loss of Honorary Captain Stanley Bright, III. Captain Bright commanded the Troop during President G...
11/02/2023

The Troop mourns the loss of Honorary Captain Stanley Bright, III.

Captain Bright commanded the Troop during President Gerald B. Ford’s Independence Day visit to Valley Forge in 1976. Captain Bright and the Troop es**rted President Ford on the occasion of the transfer of the park to the National Park Service.

Elected to the Troop on February 7, 1966, he was subsequently promoted to Corporal on October 14, 1968; Sergeant on September 14, 1970; Cornet on February 1, 1971; Lieutenant on August 2, 1971; and Captain on January 6, 1975. He was elected to the Honorary Roll on March 6, 1978.

“July 9, 1944 - November 1, 2023

Stanley Bright, III, 79, baptized as George in the Orthodox Church, beloved husband of Elena Pashilene Bright, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Augusta Health in Fishersville.

He was born on July 9, 1944, in Chestnut Hill, PA to the late Stanley Bright, Jr. and Elizabeth "Leila" Norris Reeve Bright. Stanley lived a remarkable life filled with passion and dedication to his family, community, and various interests. He will be lovingly remembered for his contributions and the lasting impact he made during his time with us. A devout member of Holy Myrrhbearers Orthodox Christian Church in Mount Crawford, Stanley's faith played a central role in his life. He actively participated in religious activities and touched the lives of many through his unwavering devotion. Stanley was an accomplished individual with a wide range of interests. From 1975 to 1978, he proudly served as the Captain of the historic First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary, showcasing his leadership skills and patriotism. An avid cyclist, Stanley embraced the freedom and exhilaration that came with each ride, completing centuries and double centuries. Additionally, he enjoyed sailing and embraced every opportunity to set sail on open waters. Horseback riding and fox hunting were also among Stanley's favorite pastimes. His adventurous spirit led him to experience the thrill of galloping alongside magnificent creatures while treasuring the bond forged between rider and horse. Throughout his life, Stanley dedicated himself to serving various communities. He served on the boards for All Saints of North America Orthodox Church in Middlebrook and Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Crozet. Prior to moving to Middlebrook, he was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Professionally, Stanley made significant contributions as well. He served on the Board of Governors for the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, where his expertise and leadership played a vital role in shaping the organization's success.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Percival Lowell Bright; his daughter, Henrietta "Locky" Laughlin Trachsel and her husband, William Scott Trachsel; his step-daughter, Julia Blain and her husband, Thomas Blain; his grandchildren, Katharine M. Trachsel, Elizabeth L. Trachsel, and William B. Trachsel; his step-granddaughter, Alexandra E. Blain; his sisters, Leila Reeve Bright, Elfrida Bright Keiter, Christine Bright Keegan, and Jeanette Bright; and his brothers, J. Clayton Bright, Josiah Reeve Bright, James R. Bright, and Lawrence Lowell Bright; and beloved dog, Molly.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Stanley Bright, IV and a brother, Nicholas F. Bright.A Vesper Service will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023, at Holy Myrrhbearers Orthodox Christian Church in Mt. Crawford, beginning at 6:00 PM with a Memorial Service to follow.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Holy Myrrhbearers Orthodox Christian Church, commencing at 11:00 AM with Father Gabriel Weller officiating.
A burial service will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 1:00 PM at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY.”

https://www.henryfuneralhome.net/obituaries/stanley-bright-iii

“Philly’s unique attractions for flag connoisseurs include rarities like the original Markoe Standard, the distinctive y...
09/28/2023

“Philly’s unique attractions for flag connoisseurs include rarities like the original Markoe Standard, the distinctive yellow flag of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry.

That’s the 249-year-old National Guard unit still operating out of the huge, fort-like armory between 23rd and 24th near Chestnut Street, where the meeting will take place. The Markoe Standard there is believed to be among the first flags representing the original colonies with 13 alternating stripes, which were added to cover a British Union Jack.”

From the lore of Betsy Ross to the very real Markoe Standard, the city is known for its “wealth of vexillological riches.”

Hands off the goat! 🐐
08/28/2023

Hands off the goat! 🐐

Here is an interesting account of a rivalry between two Pennsylvania National Guard units during the Spanish-American War.

The parties in question are the men of First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry and the 14th PA Infantry. The lineage of the 14th PA lives on in the 1-107 FA of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division of the 28th Infantry Division. This incident occurred during the early morning hours on the day that the 14th PA departed Mt. Gretna for Fort Mott, New Jersey.

Are there rivalries between any of the current units of the Pennsylvania National Guard? If so, hopefully they are a lot more friendly than what occurred in June 1898!

08/10/2023
Thanks to the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum for posting this image from 1958!
08/05/2023

Thanks to the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum for posting this image from 1958!

The Troop was proud to support the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution’s annual Let Freedom Ring ceremony yes...
07/05/2023

The Troop was proud to support the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution’s annual Let Freedom Ring ceremony yesterday.

Pictured: Two Troopers es**rt the The Color Guard of the Society to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier in Washington Square.

07/03/2023

The First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, also known as the First City Troop, is a unit of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. It is one of the oldest military units in the United States still in active service and is among the most decorated units in the U.S. Army. Accordingly, the Troop operate...

06/18/2023

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there! Do you have a photo of your Troop dad? Please share in the comments.

05/30/2023
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05/29/2023
We will remember them.
05/29/2023

We will remember them.

05/21/2023
This past weekend we held the 83rd Border Plate Hunter Trials & Horse Show commemorating the Troop’s service on the Mexi...
05/15/2023

This past weekend we held the 83rd Border Plate Hunter Trials & Horse Show commemorating the Troop’s service on the Mexican border in 1916-1917. Congratulations to all of our riders, especially Chaplain Sean Mullen for winning the Border Plate Steeple Chase!

The Troop mourns the loss of Honorary Corporal William Clifton Buck, No. 1616. Hon. Cpl. Buck was elected to the Troop o...
04/06/2023

The Troop mourns the loss of Honorary Corporal William Clifton Buck, No. 1616. Hon. Cpl. Buck was elected to the Troop on May 4, 1953; promoted to Corporal on August 2, 1954; elected to the Non-Active Roll on December 5, 1955; and to the Honorary Roll on November 7, 1986. He initially entered the Army on September 5, 1950 and served in Germany from 1951-1952.

Published by Main Line Media News from Apr. 5 to Apr. 16, 2023:

William Clifton (Bill) Buck of Villanova, Pennsylvania, and Vero Beach, Florida, died on March 29, 2023. He was born September 28, 1928, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and lived to be 94 years old. He was the middle of three sons born to J. Mahlon Buck and Grace Knapp Buck of Bryn Mawr. He was predeceased by his older brother, Jim, and younger brother, Whip. He grew up in Wynnewood and Bryn Mawr, and he and his wife, Laura, raised their own family in Villanova. Bill will be remembered for his smile and fun-loving sense of adventure, his sincere interest in everyone he met, his generosity, his active lifestyle, and his positive attitude. He absolutely loved his family and his friends, and they adored him. Bill attended Haverford School, graduating in 1946. At Haverford, he played baseball, sang, and was captain of the squash team. He also enjoyed playing clarinet in the Buck Family Band, where he joined his musical parents and brothers in entertaining neighbors and friends, all on the custom-made bandstand that stood in the basement of their home. In addition, Bill cherished his seven summers at Camp Caribou in Maine, where he looked forward to each season's month-long, 250-mile camping and paddling trip down the Allagash River. His love and appreciation for the outdoors was born there. Bill continued his education at Lafayette College, where he majored in Economics and graduated in 1950. He was a proud member of Zeta Psi Fraternity and was even better known around campus for his standout musical talents, including drumming and playing the saxophone into the early hours of the morning at the Zete house. His love for Lafayette College and his association with Zeta Psi remained integral parts of his life. In 1988, Bill received Zeta Psi's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. With the outbreak of the Korean War soon after his college graduation, Bill enlisted in the military as a member of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, where he was trained to drive and service all types of vehicles, ranging from jeeps to half-ton trucks to battle tanks. In 1951, his unit was sent to Germany, where they served until mid-1952. Upon returning from the service in Germany, Bill began his career in the wholesale drug distribution business with Smith Kline and French. The company, later known as GlaxoSmithKline (now GSK), was founded by his ancestors in 1830. In 1965, Bill and his brothers bought the wholesale division of Smith Kline and renamed it The Drug House. The Buck brothers helped to grow the business until they sold it to Alco Standard in 1977. Following that sale, Bill and his brothers founded TDH, a venture capital firm headquartered in the Philadelphia area. TDH was an early investor in companies including Airgas, ESPN, Intelligent Electronics, and Staples, and Bill served as the firm's Executive Vice President. In 1954 Bill's life changed forever when he married the love of his life, Laura Thomas, and during their 68 years of marriage, they were an inseparable and dynamic pair. They loved traveling together, entertaining, playing tennis, and dancing at any and all events. Working together as a team, they gave their time and resources, hosting countless events for the causes closest to their hearts, positively impacting many lives and organizations. Bill was incredibly proud of his three daughters and loved nothing more than watching them raise their own families, who knew and adored him as "Poppy." Bill's passion for baseball started in his childhood, when he often attended double headers with his father and brothers on Sundays. In 1981, he and his brothers became partners in the Philadelphia Phillies. He never forgot the thrill of riding with the team through the streets of Philadelphia in 2008 after the Phillies won the World Series, but he was equally dedicated when the score did not work out; if there was a TV nearby, he would find a way to watch the game. He was particularly excited to see the team in the World Series this past season. Bill remained active, playing golf (including two holes-in-one) and tennis, skiing in New Hampshire, Beaver Creek, and Europe, boating, and fly fishing (wherever and whenever he could). Bill's love of skiing kept him on the slopes with family and friends well into his eighties. At John's Island, he could be seen riding his bike daily into his nineties. Bill also enjoyed his time singing for twenty years with the Suburban Squires, an all-male a ca****la group that performed throughout the Philadelphia area. Throughout his life, Bill served on numerous boards and gave his time generously to many causes, especially those in the Philadelphia and Vero Beach communities. Reflecting the breadth of his interests, he supported organizations including Bryn Mawr Trust, the Philadelphia Zoo (where he received its highest honor, the Camac Award), and Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, where he was instrumental in its creation and was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Award in 1993. Bill was also a dedicated supporter of Agnes Irwin School, Haverford School, Lafayette College, US Ski Team, Vero Beach Museum of Art, and Riverside Theater. Given his passion for the outdoors and conservation, Bill was particularly committed to Indian River Land Trust, especially in recent years. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Laura Thomas Buck, and by his three daughters, Laurie Marshall (Sam), Libby King (Charlie), and Sarah Schmader (John). He also leaves seven grown grandchildren: Buck Marshall, Bailey Pritikin (Jordan), Jennifer Mittnacht (Arthur), Hope King, Lila King, Bill Schmader, and Molly Schmader, and his first great-grandchild, Arthur "Bear" Mittnacht. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 10 at 3 p.m. at St. David's Episcopal Church, 763 South Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Gerard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104, and Indian River Land Trust, 80 Royal Palm Point Suite 301, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/mainlinemedianews/name/william-buck-obituary?id=51567336

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Let’s go Phillies!
03/31/2023

Let’s go Phillies!

03/17/2023

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from the First City Troop!

From “The Irish in the American Revolution: And Their Early Influence in the Colonies,” by James Haltigan (1908):

“Of the twenty-eight men who organized the First Troop of the Light Horse of Philadelphia, on November 17, 1774, ten of them—James Mease, John Mease, Henry Hill, John Boyle, John Mitchell, George Campbell, Samuel Caldwell, Andrew Caldwell, George Fullerton, and William West, Jr., were members of the Friendly Sons, and two more—John Dunlap and Blair McClenchan—afterward became members. Of the eighty-eight men who served in the First Troop during the entire period of the Revolution thirty of them, or more than one-third, belonged to the Irish organization.

[. . .]

“The Light Horse, which we have seen, numbered in its ranks a great many of the society members, was in active service under the immediate direction of Washington himself, and in the retreat from Princeton it was ordered to cover the rear of the army, and was the last to cross the Delaware River. On December 25, 1776, the troop recrossed the river with Washington at McKonky’s Ferry, eight miles above Trenton. “The passage was made difficult and dangerous by storm, darkness, and floating ice, and the boats upon which the troop had embarked not being able to reach the shore, the men were compelled to take the water and force a passage amid the floating ice with their horses.” That passage has become historical in print and painting, and we may well be proud of the presence of so many members of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

In all subsequent operations of that campaign, they did their duty as soldiers and men. They continued active service until January 23, 1777. They were twenty-five in number, ten of them being Friendly Sons. Washington called them his “aids.”

[. . .]

These statements enable us to form some idea of the patriotism of the Friendly Sons. In the long lists of “disaffected persons” and British sympathizers, there are found none of the members. They had all cast their lot with the Revolutionary cause, and many of them lived for years afterwards to enjoy the blessings of independence.”

Congratulations to Honorary First Sergeant Thomas J. Nace on his promotion! In this image, 1SG Nace addresses the Troop ...
03/16/2023

Congratulations to Honorary First Sergeant Thomas J. Nace on his promotion! In this image, 1SG Nace addresses the Troop before he moves onto Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 104th Cavalry.

Francis Johnson was a frequent Trumpeter for the Troop in the 19th century. He emigrated from Martinique to Philadelphia...
03/04/2023

Francis Johnson was a frequent Trumpeter for the Troop in the 19th century. He emigrated from Martinique to Philadelphia at the age of 17, in 1809. The Troop, similar units, and numerous other organizations hired Johnson and his ensemble for his innovative and entertaining music.

Celebrate Women's History Month with our new Black Founders exhibit, a special March 24 event, and more this March. Plan Your Visit

01/03/2023
A job well done! Welcome home, Troopers!
05/11/2022

A job well done! Welcome home, Troopers!

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