21st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)

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United States Gotoarrow.png  U.S. Military Gotoarrow.png  Virginia Gotoarrow.png   Virginia Military Gotoarrow.png  Virginia in the Civil War Gotoarrow.png 21st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry

Brief History

  • Organized in August 1862, with companies that had served in the Virginia State Line.
  • The unit was assigned to W. E. Jones' and McCausland's Brigade, and in April 1864, it contained 317 effectives.
  • It took an active part in various conflicts in East Tennessee, western Virginia, and in the Shenandoah Valley.
  • During mid-April, 1865, the regiment disbanded.
  • Field officers: Colonel W.E. Peters, Lieutenant Colonel David Edmundson, and Major Stephen P. Halsey.[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.

Field & Staff
Company A  (Captains Stephen P. Halsey, George R. Appleby, Charles A. Calhoun & William H. Balthis) - many men from Company F, 4th Regiment Virginia State Line
Company B   (Captains David Edmundson, Charles Burks, Jackson Moore) - many men from Company I, 4th Regiment, Virginia State Line
Company C   
Company C 2nd  (Initally called (1st) Company G) - Many men from Washington County
Company D
Company D 2nd (Captains John Alexander Logan & William H. Francis)
Company E 
Company E 1st (from Company B, 2nd Regiment Virginia State Line)  - many men from Russell County
Company E 2nd (formerly called 1st Company I) Captains: C. F. McDanold, William M. Cox
Company F (Captain Frederick T. Gray) - many men from Washington County
Company G
Company G 2nd (Captain Armistead O.Dobyns) - many men from Floyd County, other counties represented were Franklin, Patrick and Henry

Company H (Captain John Calhoun Summers) - Officers of this company were captured and company records were lost.
Company I
Company I 2nd (Formerly called Company C, Captains: William J. Pasley, Alexander L. Halsey, M. V. B.Norman)
Company K  (Initially called (1st) Company D) Captains:John Mayo Oliver, andrew R. Humes

        Captain Robert H. Gleaves' Company (Disbanded and members were transferred to     Company K)

         Captain C. C. Pack's Company:  (Mustered into the 21st Cavalry, then was assigned to the 37th Battalion Virginia Cavalry)

        The information above is from 21 Virginia Cavalry, by John E. Olson.

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.


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