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Brief History

On Jan. 26 1863 to conduct a raid on Federal picket line. From this modest beginning whould grow on of the best know of all ranger commands. By the end of the war, its roster would number almost 2,000 men.  The leader of this little band was Private John S. Mosby.  Mosby disbanded the 43rd at Salem on April 21,1865[1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

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
Company B
Company C
Company D
Company E
Company F
Company G
Company H
Company I
Company K
Headquarters
Unknown Companies
Transfers from other companies


Resources

  • Muster Rolls, Etc., 1861-1865. MSS., Fauquier County, Virginia Courthouse (Warrenton, Va.). Copy: FHL Film 31637 Item 3.
  • 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

  • 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 (see below).
  • 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.
  • Crawford, J. Marshall. Mosby and His Men: A Record of the Adventures of that Renowned Partisan Ranger, John S. Mosby, Colonel C.S.A.: Including the Exploits of Smith, Chapman, Richards, Montjoy, Turner, Russell, Glasscock, and the Men Under Them. New York: G.W. Carleton & Co., 1867. FHL Fiche 6082815 (5 fiche).
  • Keen, Hugh C. and Horace Mewborn. 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Mosby's Command. Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993. FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 92.
  • Rahm, Frank H. Reminiscences of His Capture and Escape from Prison and Adventures within the Federal Lines. Richmond, Va.: D. Murphy, Printer, 1895. Digital version at Internet Archive; FHL Fiche 6082822.
  • Richards, Adolphus Edwards. Monument Unveiled, September 23, 1899 at Front Royal, Virginia: In Memory of Seven of Mosby's Men Who were Executed After Surrundering. Richmond, Va., 1899? FHL Fiche 6082823.
  • Williamson, James Joseph. Mosby's Rangers: A Record of the Operations of the Forty-Third Battalion Virginia Cavalry, from Its Organization to the Surrender, from the Diary of a Private, Supplemented and Verified with Official Reports of Federal Officers and Also of Mosby, with Personal Reminiscences, Sketches of Skirmishes, Battles and Bivouacs, Dashing Raids and Daring Adventures, Scenes and Incidents in the History of Mosby's Command Containing Over 200 Illustrations, Including Portraits of Many of Mosby's Men and of Federal Officers with Whom They Came in Contact, Views, Engagements, etc.; Maps of Mosby's Confederacy and Localities in which He Operated; Muster Rolls, Occupation and Present Whereabouts of Surviving Members. New York: R.B. Kenyon, 1896. Digital version at Internet Archive; FHL Fiche 6082826 (6 fiche).

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.

References

  1. 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry Mosby;s Command FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 92.

 

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