47th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
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.
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.
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