47th 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 47th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry

Brief History

The 47th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry was organized in April 1864, with four companies. It was assigned to W. L. Jackson's Brigade and skirmished in western Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.During December the unit merged into the 26th Regiment Virginia Cavalry. Major William N. Harman was in command.[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 (Captain Elias M. Walker's Battalion) (Later became Company B)- many men from Richmond, and Bath County

Company B (Captain Henry Newberry) - many men from Bland and Floyd Counties

Company C (Captain George Washington Cloud) - many men from Carroll County

Company D (Captain James R. Apperson) (Became Company K)

Captain Stanton R. Aldredge's Company - many men from Floyd and Franklin Counties

Captain Richard J. Syme's Company - many men from Greenbrier County

The information above is from26th Virginia Cavalry, by Richard L. Armstrong.

Field & Staff

Company A
Company B
Company C
Company D
Aldredge's Co

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).