5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
This Unit was organized in June 1862, using the 2nd Battalion Virginia Cavalry as its nucleus. It was assigned to W. H. R Lee's, F. Lee's, Lomax's, and Payne's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. On November 9, 1864, it was consolidated with the 15th Virginia Cavalry Regiment and redesignated the 5th Regiment Virginia Cavalry Consolidated. Only 150 men were engaged at Gettysburg and 2 surrendered at Appomattox as most cut through the Federal lines and disbanded. The field officers were Colonels Reuben B. Boston, H. Clay Pate, and Thomas L. Rosser; Lieutenant Colonel James H. Allen; and Majors Beverly B. Douglas, John Eells, Cyrus Harding, Jr., and John W. Puller.
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.
- The men were from Petersburg and Fairfax, Gloucester, King and Queen, Mathews, Randolph, and James City counties.
- Field and Staff - Roster
- Company A - Roster
- Company B - Roster
- Company C - Roster
- Company D - Roster
- Company E - Roster (Many men from King and Queen County)
- Company F - Roster
- Company F 1st - Roster
- Company F 2nd - Roster
- Company F 3rd - Roster
- Company G - Roster
- Company H - Roster
- Company I - Roster
- Company K - Roster
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in Virginia in the Civil War and United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 (see below).
- 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.
- Virginia in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Virginia, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).