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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[West Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lewis_County,_West_Virginia|Lewis County]]''
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Guide to '''Lewis County West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Lewis County
 
| county = Lewis County
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| founded year = 1816
 
| founded year = 1816
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| founded date = December 18
 
| seat wl = Weston
 
| seat wl = Weston
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| building image = Lewis County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
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| building address = Lewis County Courthouse<br> 110 Center Avenue<br>Weston, WV 26452 <br>Phone:304-269-8215<br>[http://www.lewiscounty.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx '''Lewis County Website''']
 
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[West Virginia|West Virginia]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Lewis_County,_West_Virginia|Lewis County]]''
 
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[[Image:Lewis County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Lewis County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG]]
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[http://www.lewiscounty.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx Lewis County Courthouse]<br>110 Center Avenue<br>Weston, WV 26452 <br>Phone:304-269-8215<br>
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County Clerk has birth &amp; death records from 1853<br>Marriage Probate and Land Records from&nbsp;1816<br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lewis County, West Virginia. Page 744 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
County Clerk has birth &amp; death records from 1853<br>Marriage Probate and Land Records from&nbsp;1816<br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lewis County, West Virginia. Page 744 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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<br> [http://www.stonewallcountry.com/ Lewis County, WV This is Stonewall Country]  
 
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[http://www.stonewallcountry.com/ Lewis County, WV This is Stonewall Country]
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Lewis County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/westvirginia/wv-maps.html boundary changes].  
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For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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For a list of record loss in West Virginia counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-counties/#courthouse West Virginia Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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[[Image:Wvlewis.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Wvlewis.jpg]]
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{WVcensus}}  
 
{{WVcensus}}  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25411 Lewis County Census, 1850] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
Join us in[https://www.familysearch.org/1940census indexing the 1940 Census]  
 
Join us in[https://www.familysearch.org/1940census indexing the 1940 Census]  
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==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
  
*'''[Cunningham]''' Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29 (1985)}}.
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*'''[Cunningham]''' Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29 (1985)}}.  
 
*'''[Hacker]''' “A Noted Mason Dead: The Demise of William Hacker at a Ripe Old Age,” [Newspaper obituary] (Shelbyville, Ohio), 29 July 1891, reprinted in ''Hacker’s Creek Journal,'' Vol. 6, No. 1 (Fall 1987):31-32 - free digital version at [http://www.hackerscreek.com/files.php?fcid=9 Hacker's Creek website].  
 
*'''[Hacker]''' “A Noted Mason Dead: The Demise of William Hacker at a Ripe Old Age,” [Newspaper obituary] (Shelbyville, Ohio), 29 July 1891, reprinted in ''Hacker’s Creek Journal,'' Vol. 6, No. 1 (Fall 1987):31-32 - free digital version at [http://www.hackerscreek.com/files.php?fcid=9 Hacker's Creek website].  
 
*'''[Swisher] '''Swisher, Robert Edward. ''The Swisher Family of Harrison and Lewis Counties, West Virginia''. Richmond, Va.: Whittet &amp; Shepperson, 1974. {{FHL|168207|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 Sw65r}}.<br>
 
*'''[Swisher] '''Swisher, Robert Edward. ''The Swisher Family of Harrison and Lewis Counties, West Virginia''. Richmond, Va.: Whittet &amp; Shepperson, 1974. {{FHL|168207|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 Sw65r}}.<br>
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/lewis/lew-deed.htm Lewis County, West Virginia Deeds]
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/lewis/lew-deed.htm Lewis County, West Virginia Deeds]  
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
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*[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]
  
[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Lewis+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884a351dd42895ad:0xb5ed0e133799d25b,Lewis,+WV&gl=us&ei=0uiiT_j7N-ru2gXFrcDdCA&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CB4Q8gEwAA Lewis County, West Virginia Map]
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[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Lewis+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884a351dd42895ad:0xb5ed0e133799d25b,Lewis,+WV&gl=us&ei=0uiiT_j7N-ru2gXFrcDdCA&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CB4Q8gEwAA Lewis County, West Virginia Map]  
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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:- [[18th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|18th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company I.<ref>Roger U. Delauter, ''18th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). {{FHL|429987|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 18}}.</ref>  
 
:- [[18th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|18th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company I.<ref>Roger U. Delauter, ''18th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). {{FHL|429987|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 18}}.</ref>  
 
:- [[26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company B.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''26th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|761578|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110}}.</ref>  
 
:- [[26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company B.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''26th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|761578|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110}}.</ref>  
:- [[31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company I (Lewis County Rangers).<ref>John M. Ashcraft, ''31st Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). {{FHL|370004|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48}}.</ref>
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:- [[31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company I (Lewis County Rangers).<ref>John M. Ashcraft, ''31st Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). {{FHL|370004|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48}}.</ref>  
:- [[36th_Battalion,_Virginia_Cavalry_(Confederate)|36th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company D.<ref>J.L. Scott, ''36th and 37th Battalions Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). {{FHL|576978|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 24}}.</ref>
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:- [[36th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|36th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company D.<ref>J.L. Scott, ''36th and 37th Battalions Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). {{FHL|576978|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 24}}.</ref>
  
 
Records and histories are available, including:  
 
Records and histories are available, including:  
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
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[http://www.westondemocrat.com/ The Weston Democrat]
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[http://www.westondemocrat.com/ The Weston Democrat]  
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099 Will Books]  
 
West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099 Will Books]  
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/lewis/lew-will.htm Lewis County USGENWEB Wills]
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/lewis/lew-will.htm Lewis County USGENWEB Wills]  
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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===== Online West Virginia Tax site  =====
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West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.
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Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.
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The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
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*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1817-1969 - free.&nbsp;  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/766408?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis County birth records&nbsp;: births recorded in the Lewis County Courthouse, Weston, West Virginia] v. 1. 1853-1868 -- v. 2. 1869-1877 -- v. 3. 1878-1892 -- v. 4. 1893-1903 -- 1904-1916.
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*[ https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/711853?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis County, W. Va., death records&nbsp;: deaths recorded in Lewis County Courthouse, Weston, West Virginia] v. 1. 1853-1886 -- v. 2. 1887-1905 -- v. 3. 1906-1929 -- v. 4. 1930-1940.
  
[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ullomweb/ Lewis County Courthouse death records]
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[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ullomweb/ Lewis County Courthouse death records]  
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[[Lewis County Genealogical-Historical Society|Lewis County Genealogical-Historical Society]]  
 
*[[Lewis County Genealogical-Historical Society|Lewis County Genealogical-Historical Society]]  
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== Web Sites  ==
 
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/lewis-county/ Lewis County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*Lewis County, WVGenWeb  
 
*Lewis County, WVGenWeb  
*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Lewis|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]  
 
*Lewis County, West Virginia various records on [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/various.htm Microfilm at the Library of Virginia]  
 
*Lewis County, West Virginia various records on [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/various.htm Microfilm at the Library of Virginia]  
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Guide to Lewis County West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Lewis County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Lewis County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 18, 1816
County Seat Weston
Courthouse
Lewis County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Address Lewis County Courthouse
110 Center Avenue
Weston, WV 26452
Phone:304-269-8215
Lewis County Website

Contents

County Courthouse


County Clerk has birth & death records from 1853
Marriage Probate and Land Records from 1816
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records[1]


Lewis County, WV This is Stonewall Country

History

Parent County

1816--Lewis County was created 18 December 1816 from Harrison County.
County seat: Weston [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Record Loss

For a list of record loss in West Virginia counties see: West Virginia Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Wvlewis.jpg

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Lewis County, West Virginia census records online, see: West Virginia Census.

Join us inindexing the 1940 Census

Court

Genealogy

  • [Cunningham] Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29 (1985).
  • [Hacker] “A Noted Mason Dead: The Demise of William Hacker at a Ripe Old Age,” [Newspaper obituary] (Shelbyville, Ohio), 29 July 1891, reprinted in Hacker’s Creek Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Fall 1987):31-32 - free digital version at Hacker's Creek website.
  • [Swisher] Swisher, Robert Edward. The Swisher Family of Harrison and Lewis Counties, West Virginia. Richmond, Va.: Whittet & Shepperson, 1974. FHL Book 929.273 Sw65r.

Land

Lewis County, West Virginia Deeds

Local Histories

Maps

Lewis County, West Virginia Map

Military

Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Lewis County on page 135.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Lewis County, West Virginia served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Lewis County, West Virginia:


- 3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company I.
- 18th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company I.[3]
- 26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company B.[4]
- 31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company I (Lewis County Rangers).[5]
- 36th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company D.[6]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991

Newspapers

The Weston Democrat

Probate

Lewis County, West Virginia Will Books 1820-1963

West Virginia Will Books

Lewis County USGENWEB Wills

Taxation

Online West Virginia Tax site

West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.

Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.

The search for tax information can start here

Vital Records

Lewis County Courthouse death records

Societies and Libraries

See also a List of West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers

Web Sites

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lewis County, West Virginia. Page 744 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Roger U. Delauter, 18th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 18.
  4. Richard L. Armstrong, 26th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110.
  5. John M. Ashcraft, 31st Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48.
  6. J.L. Scott, 36th and 37th Battalions Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 24.


 

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