The year 1861 was very boring for the 1st calvary. There were some expeditions and some reconnoissance missions, but as far as major battles, it was too early in the war.The year 1861 did bring:
- Reconnoissance to Leesburg, Va., October 20, 1861.
- Reconnoissance to Hunter's Mills October 20 (Detachment).
- Expedition to Dranesville November 26-27.
- Action at Dranesville November 27.
- Expedition to Gunnell's Farm December 6.
- Action at Dranesville December 20