3rd 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   3rd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry

Brief History

  • Organized with independent companies and entered Confederate service on July 1, 1861.
  • The regiment was formed with eleven companies, later reduced to ten.
  • It was also called 2nd Regiment until October 1861.
  • For a time six companies served in the Department of the Peninsula and four in the Valley District.
  • Later the unit was assigned to General F. Lee's, Wickham's, and Munford's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia.
  • It fought in many conflicts from Williamsburg to Fredericksburg then was involved in the engagements at Kelly's Ford, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Upperville, Gettysburg, Bristoe, Mine Run, The Wilderness, Todd's Tavern, Spotsylvania, Haw's Shop, and Cold Harbor. The 3rd went on to participate in Early's operations in the Shenandoah Valley and the Appomattox Campaign.
  • It took 210 effectives to Gettysburg, but only 3 surrendered on April 9, 1865.
  • Commanders were Colonels Thomas F. Goode, Robert Johnston, and Thomas H. Owen; Lieutenant Colonels William R. Carter, William M. Feild, and John I Thornton; and Majors Henry Carrington and Jefferson C. Phillips.[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.

Its members were raised in the counties of Mecklenburg, Elizabeth City, New Kent, Halifax, Nottoway, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, and Prince Edward.

Field and Staff - Roster
Company A - Roster
Company B - Roster
Company C - Roster
Company D - Roster
Company E - Roster
Company F - Roster
Company G - Roster
Company H - Roster
Company I 1st - Roster
Company I 2nd - Roster
Company K - Roster

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).