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Brief History


Companies

United States Gotoarrow.png  U.S. Military Gotoarrow.png  Virginia Gotoarrow.png   Virginia Military Gotoarrow.png  Virginia in the Civil War Gotoarrow.png   2nd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry

Company A (Princess Anne Cavalry) - many men from Princess Anne County

Company B (Light Guard or St. Bride's Cavalry) - many men from Norfolk County

Company C (Sussex Light Dragoons) - many men from Sussex County

Company D ( Petersburg Cavalry or Light Dragoons) - many men from Petersburg County

Company E ( Surry Cavalry) - many men from Surry County

Company F ( Prince George Cavalry or Dragoons) - many men from Prince George County

Company G (Nasemond Cavalry) - many men from Nansemond County

Company H (Southampton Cavalry) - many men from Southampton County

Company  I (Chesapeake Light Cavalry) - many men from Princess Anne County

The information above is from 5th Virginia Cavalry, by Robert J. Driver, Jr.

Brief History

  • Organized in June 1862, using the 2nd Battalion Virginia Cavalry as its nucleus.
  • It was assigned to W. H. R Lee's, F. Lee's, Lomax's, and Payne's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia.
  • On November 9, 1864, it was consolidated with the 15th Virginia Cavalry Regiment and redesignated the 5th Regiment Virginia Cavalry Consolidated.
  • Only 150 men were engaged at Gettysburg and 2 surrendered at Appomattox as most cut through the Federal lines and disbanded.
  • The field officers were Colonels Reuben B. Boston, H. Clay Pate, and Thomas L. Rosser; Lieutenant Colonel James H. Allen; and Majors Beverly B. Douglas, John Eells, Cyrus Harding, Jr., and John W. Puller.[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 (Princess Anne Cavalry

Company B (Light Guard or St. Bride's Cavalry) - many men from Norfolk County

Company D (Petersburg Cavalry or Light Dragoons) - many men from Petersburg

Company E (The Surry Cavalry) - many men from Surry

Company F (Prince George Cavalry)

Company F 1st

 Company F 2nd

 Company F 3rd

Company G ( Nasemond Cavalry)

Company H Southampton Cavalry - many men from Southampton County

Company I (Captain Edward Burroughs)

 Company K

The information above is from 5th Virginia Cavalry, by Robert J. Driver, Jr.


  • The men were from Petersburg and Fairfax, Gloucester, King and Queen, Mathews, Randolph, and James City counties.


The information above is from 5th Virginia Cavalry, by Robert J. Driver, Jr.

Other Sources

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. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).

 

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