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2nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)

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2nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)

Brief History[edit | edit source]

The Virginia 2nd Cavalry completed its organization at Lynchburg, Virginia, in May, 1861. Its companies were recruited in the counties of Bedford, Campbell, Botetourt, Amherst, Franklin, Appomattox, and Albemarle. Until the end of October the unit was called the 30th Regiment Virginia Volunteers. [1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Company A (Clay Dragoons) - many men from Bedford County

Company B (Wise Troop) - many men from Lynchburg County

Company C (Botetourt Dragoons) - many men from Lynchburg

Company D (Franklin Rangers) - many men from Franklin

Company E (Amherst Mounted Rangers) - many men from Amherst

Company F (Bedford Southside Dragoons) - many men from Davis Mills, Bedford County

Company G (Radford Rangers) - many men from Forest Depot, Bedford County

Company H (Appomattox Rangers) - many men from Appomattox

Company  I (Campbell Rangers)

Company K (Albemarle Light Horse) - many men from Charlottesville

The information above is from 2nd Virginia Cavalry, by robert J. Driver, Jr. and H. E. Howard.

Field and Staff - Roster

Company A - Roster

Company B - Roster

Company C - Roster

Company D - Roster

Company E - Roster

Company F - Roster

Company G - Roster

Company H - Roster

Company I - Roster

Company K - Roster

Company L - Roster

Resources[edit | edit source]

  • Soldiers of Virginia who fought in her defence in the war between the states, 1861-1865 : muster rolls : troops of cavalry, companies of artillery, and companies of infantry, organized, recruited or enlisted, in whole or in part, in the city of Lynchburg during the war between the states. MSS., Lynchburg City Courthouse (Lynchburg, Va.). Copy: FHL Film 1994905 Item 1.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in Virginia in the Civil War and United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865.
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Virginia in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Virginia, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Blackford, Susan Leigh and Charles M. Blackford. Memoirs of Life in and out of the Army in Virginia During the War Between the States. 2 vols. Lynchburg, Va.: J.P. Bell Co., Printers, 1894-1896. FHL Fiche 6082788 (7 fiche).
  • Dickinson, Henry Clay. Diary of Capt. Henry C. Dickinson, C.S.A. Morris Island, 1864-1865. Denver, Colo.: Press of Williamson-Haffner Co., 1910s. FHL Fiche 6082789 (3 fiche).
  • Peck, Rufus H. Reminiscences of a Confederate Soldier of Co. C, 2nd Va. Cavalry. 1913. FHL Fiche 6082790.
  • Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia. New York, NY: Facts on File, 1992- 1995. (Family History Library book 975 M2ss, Ten Volumes.) This gives organization information for each unit and its field officers, assignments, and battles. It also lists sources further reading. Volume 5 is for Virginia.
  • Sutton, Joseph. History of the Second Regiment, West Virginia Cavalry Volunteers, during the War of the Rebellion. (Washington [District of Columbia] : Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service, 1989) FHL Film 1404236
  • Virginia Cavalry, 02nd Regiment, Company A (1863-1865). (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961), FHL Film 262767 Item 2.
  • Wallace, Lee A. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations, 1861-1865. Lynchburg, Virginia: H. E. Howard, 1986. (Family History Library book 975.5 M2vr, Volume 29.) This gives brief historical sketches of each regiment and lists officers, company names, and commanders.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).