5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
- 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.
Company A (Princess Anne Cavalry
Company B (Light Guard or St. Bride's Cavalry) - many men from Norfolk County
Company D (Petersburg Cavalry or Light Dragoons) - many men from Petersburg
Company E (The Surry Cavalry) - many men from Surry
Company F (Prince George Cavalry)
Company F 1st
Company F 2nd
Company F 3rd
- The men were from Petersburg and Fairfax, Gloucester, King and Queen, Mathews, Randolph, and James City counties.
- Field and Staff - Roster
- Company G ( Nasemond Cavalry)- Roster
- Company H Southampton Cavalry - many men from Southampton County- Roster
- Company I (Captain Edward Burroughs)- Roster
- Company K - Roster
The information above is from 5th Virginia Cavalry, by Robert J. Driver, Jr.
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.
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).