39th Battalion, 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 39th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry

Brief History

The 39th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry was organized with two companies, later increased to four. It was attached to General Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia, and served as General R. E. Lee's personal cavalry command.  The unit participated in every engagement at which General Lee was present from Fredericksburg to Appomattox. On April 9, 1865, it contained 1 officer and 80 men. Major John H. Richardson was in command. Also called Richardson's Battalion of Scouts, Guides, and Couriers.[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    - many men from Frederick and surrounding counties

Company B

Company C

Company D

The information above is from 1st Battalion Virginia Infantry 39 Battalion Virginia Cavalry 24 Battalion 'Virginia Partisan Rangers, by Robert Driver, Jr. and Kevin C. Ruffner.

Field & Staff
Company A
Company B
Company C
Company D

Other Sources

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


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