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1st Units

  • 1st Battalion, Virginia Reserves (Confederate)
    1st Battalion Reserves was organized during May, 1864, with nine companies.
    During the Appomattox Campaign many of its members were captured at Sayler's Creek.
    Lieutenant Colonel Richard T. W. Duke and Major James M. Strange were in command.
  • 1st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
    Completed its organization at Winchester, Virginia, in July, 1861.
    September, 1864 the cavalry cut through the Federal lines at Appomattox and later disbanded. The field officers were Colonels R. Welby Carter, James H. Drake, William E. Jones, Fitzhugh Lee, William A. Morgan, and James E.B. Stuart; Lieutenant Colonels L. Tiernan Brien and Charles R. Irving; and Major Robert Swan.
  • 1st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Williams Rifles) (Confederate)
    Completed its organization at Richmond, Virginia, in May, 1861.
    Only 17 surrendered on April 9, 1865.The field officers were Colonels Patrick T. Moore, F.G. Skinner, and Lewis B. Williams; Lieutenant Colonels William H. Fry and Frank H. Langley; and Majors John Dooley, William P. Mumford, George F. Norton, and William H. Palmer.

2nd and 3rd Units

  • 2nd Battalion, Virginia Reserves (Confederate)
    Organized in July, 1864,During December the unit was transferred to General P.T. Moore's command. Most of its members were captured at Sayler's Creek on April 6. Lieutenant Colonel John H. Guy and Major Edward B. Cook were in command.
  • 2nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
    Completed its organization at Lynchburg, Virginia, in May, 1861. At Appomattox it cut through the Federal lines and disbanded at Lynchburg on April 10, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Thomas T. Munford and Richard C.W. Radford, Lieutenant Colonels Cary Breckinridge and James W. Watts, and Major William F. Graves.
  • 2nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
    Assembled at Charles Town in April,1861. The unit was accepted into Confederate service in July. Its companies were from the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Floyd, Jefferson, and Berkeley. It became part of the Stonewall Brigade and served under Generals T.J. Jackson, R.B. Garnett, Winder, Paxton, J.A. Walker, and W. Terry.
    On April 9, 1865, it surrendered with 9 officers and 62 men. Its field officers were Colonels James W. Allen, Lawson Botts, and John Q.A. Nadenbousch; Lieutenant Colonels Raleigh T. Colston, Francis Lackland, and William W. Randolph; and Majors Francis B. Jones, Edwin L. Moore, and Charles H. Stewart.
  • 3rd Battalion, Virginia Reserves (Archer's) (Confederate)
    Organized at Petersburg, Virginia, in June, 1864. It served in the Petersburg area, then in January, 1865.
    On April 9, the battalion surrendered. Lieutenant Colonels F.H. Archer and W.H. Hood, and Majors Thomas H. Bond and William H. Jarvis were in command.
  • 3rd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
    Organized with independent companies and entered Confederate service on July 1, 1861.
    It surrendered on April 9, 1865. Its commanders were Colonels Thomas F. Goode, Robert Johnston, and Thomas H. Owen; Lieutenant Colonels William R. Carter, William M. Feild, and John T. Thornton; and Majors Henry Carrington and Jefferson C. Phillips.
  • 3rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
    Organized at Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1856 with volunteer companies attached to the 7th Regiment Virginia Militia. It entered Confederate service during July, 1861. Its members were from Portsmouth and Petersburg, and the counties of Nansemond, Dinwiddie, Surry, Isle of Wright, Southampton, and Halifax.
    It surrendered in April, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Joseph Mayo, Jr. and Roger A. Pryor; and Lieutenant Colonels Alexander D. Callcote, William H. Pryor, and Joseph V. Scott
  • 3rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Local Defense (Henley's) (McAnerney's) (Confederate)
    Was organized in September, 1864 from the 3rd (Departmental) Infantry Battalion Local Defense Troops. Its members were from the War Department, Post Office Department, Treasury Department, Quartermaster Department, Medical Purveyor's Department, and men under the age of eighteen.
    At Sayler's Creek many were captured and only 1 man surrendered at Appomattox. The field officers were Colonel John McAnerney; Lieutenant Colonel S.F. Sutherland; and Majors Bolling Baker, John A. Henley, and S.G. Jamison.

4th and 5th Units

  • 4th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
    Completed its organization at Sangster's Cross Roads, Prince William County, Virginia, in September, 1861. Its members were recruited in the counties of Prince William, Chesterfield, Madison, Culpeper, Powhatan, Gouchland, Hanover, Fauquier, Buckingham, and the city of Richmond. The field officers were Colonels Stephen D. Lee, William H. Payne, Beverly H. Robertson, William C. Wickham, and W.B. Wooldridge; Lieutenant Colonels Charles Old and Robert Randolph; and Majors Alexander M. Hobson and Robert E. Utterback.
  • 4th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
    Assembled at Winchester, Virginia, in July, 1861. Its companies were from the counties of Wythe, Montgomery, Pulaski, Smyth, Grayson, and Rockbridge. It became part of the Stonewall Brigade.
    Its field officers were Colonels James T. Preston, Charles A. Ronald, and William Terry; Lieutenant Colonels Robert D. Gardner and Lewis T. Moore; and Majors Matthew D. Bennett, Joseph F. Kent, and Albert G. Pendleton.
  • 5th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Wilson's)(Archer's)(Confederate)
    5th Infantry Battalion completed its organization at Richmond, Virginia, in May, 1861. Its six companies were raised in the counties of Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Henrico, and Greensville.
    During June, 1862, it was active in the Seven Days' Battles, then disbanded in September. Many of its members transferred to the 53rd Regiment Virginia Infantry.
  • 5th Consolidated Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
    Formed in May, 1862, with six companies and appears to have been a command of scouts. A month later four companies were added and the unit became the 5th Regiment Virginia Cavalry.
    Lieutenant Colonel H. Clay Pate was in command.
  • 5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
    5th Cavalry Regiment was organized in June, 1862, using the 2nd Battalion Virginia Cavalry as its nucleus. The men were from Petersburg and Fairfax, Gloucester, King and Queen, Mathews, Randolph, and James City counties. On November 8, 1864, it was consolidated with the 15th Virginia Cavalry Regiment and redesignated the 5th Regiment Virginia Cavalry Consolidated.
    Predecessor Unit:
    2nd Cavalry Battalion was formed in May, 1862, with six companies and appears to have been a command of scouts. A month later four companies were added and the unit became the 5th Regiment Virginia Cavalry. Lieutenant Colonel H. Clay Pate was in command
  • 5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (12 months, 1861-62) (Mullins') (Confederate)
    5th Cavalry Regiment, Provisional Army was organized near Norfolk, Virginia, in July, 1861. The men were recruited at Petersburg and in the counties of Princess Anne, Sussex, Surry, Prince George, Nansemond, and Southampton. It served in the Department of Norfolk until May, 1862, when three companies were assigned to the 14th Battalion and seven companies merged into the 16th Battalion Virginia Cavalry. Majors Benjamin Allston and John Mullins were in command.
  • 5th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
    Organized in May, 1861. Eight companies were from Augusta County and two from Frederick County. The unit became part of the Stonewall Brigade. The field officers were Colonels William S.H. Baylor, John H.S. Funk, William H. Harman, and Kenton Harper; Lieutenant Colonel Hazel J. Williams; and Majors Absalom Koiner and James W. Newton.

6th through 8th Units

  • 6th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
    Completed its organization in November, 1861, at Manassas, Virginia. Men of this unit were raised in Loudoun, Rappahannock, Clarke, Rockingham, Pittsylvania, Fairfax, Halifax, Fauquier, and Orange counties.
    Only 3 men surrendered on April 9, 1865, as most of the cavalry cut through the Federal lines and later disbanded. The field officers were Colonels Charles W. Field, Thomas S. Flourney, John S. Green, and Julien Harrison; Lieutenant Colonels J. Grattan Cabell and Daniel T. Richards; and Majors Cabell E. Flournoy and Daniel A. Grimsley.
  • 6th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
    Was organized at Norfolk, Virginia, in May, 1861, recruited its men at Norfolk and in the counties of Princess Anne, Nansemond, and Chesterfield.
    It surrendered 110 officers and men on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Thomas J. Corprew, William Mahone, and George T. Rogers; Lieutenant Colonels William T. Lundy and Henry W. Williamson; and Major Robert B. Taylor.
  • 7th Battalion, Virginia Reserves (Confederate)
    Was organized at Norfolk, Virginia, during the summer of 1861 with eight companies.
    The unit was transferred to the infantry and merged into the 61st Regiment in October, 1862. Lieutenant Colonel Samuel M. Wilson was in command.
  • 7th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Ashby's) (Confederate)
    Was organized during the late spring of 1861. Ten companies formed the 12th Regiment Virginia Cavalry, seven became the 17th Battalion Virginia Cavalry, one transferred to the 14th Regiment Virginia Cavalry, and one became J.W. Carter's Battery.
    Later the regiment was involved in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations and disbanded in mid-April, 1865. None of its members were at Appomattox on April 9. The field officers were Colonels Turner Ashby, Richard H. Dulany, William E. Jones, and A.W. McDonald; Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Marshall; and Majors O.R. Funsten, Daniel C. Harcher, and Samuel B. Myers.
  • 7th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
    7th Infantry Regiment was organized in May, 1861, at Manassas Junction, Virginia, with men from Giles, Madison, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Greene, and Albemarle counties.
    Only 20 officers and men were present at the surrender. Its commanders were Colonels Charles C. Flowerree, James L. Kemper, and Waller T. Patton; Lieutenant Colonel L.B. Williams, Jr.; and Major Aylett A. Swindler.
  • 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
    8th Cavalry Regiment was organized early in 1862 with nine companies but increased its number to eleven to July. Many of the men were recruited in Smyth, Nelson, Kanawha, and Tazewell counties.
    None were included in the surrender at Appomattox because it had cut through the Federal lines and disbanded. The field officers were Colonels James M. Corns and Walter H. Jenifer; Lieutenant Colonels Thomas P. Bowen, A.F. Cook, Henry Fitzhugh, and Albert G. Jenkins; and Major P.M. Edmondson.
  • 8th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
    8th Infantry Regiment was organized at Leesburg, Virginia, in May, 1861. Its members were recruited in the counties of Loudoun, Prince William, and Fairfax. The unit was also called "Old Bloody Eighth" and from time to time "The Berkeley Regiment".
    Only 1 surgeon and 11 privates surrendered on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Norborne Berkeley and Eppa Hunton, Lieutenant Colonels Edmund Berkeley and Charles B. Tebbs, and Majors William N. Berkeley and James Thrift.

 

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