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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.  
 
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.  
  
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Company A (Smyth Dragoons) - many men from Smyth County
  
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Company B (Nelson Rangers) - many men from Nelson County
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Company C (Grayson Cavalry) - many men from Grayson County
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Company D (1st) (French's Comoany) - many men from Mercer County
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Company D (2nd) Gunn's Rangers) - many men from Cabell County
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Company E (Border Rangers) - many men from Mercer County
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Company F (Bland Rangers) - many men from Bland County
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Company G (Mountain Rangers) - many men from several counties of present-day West Virginia, including Monroe and Putnam
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Company H (Tazewell Troop) - many men from Mercer and Tazewell Counties
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Company  I (Kanawha Rangers) - many men from Fayette and Kanawha counties of present-day West Virginia
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Company K (Fairview Rifle Guards) (Sandy Rangers) - many men from Wayne County
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Company L (White's Co. of Cavalry) - many men from Greenbrier County
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The information above is from ''8th Virginia Cavalry'', by Jack L. Dickinson.
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*Many of the men were recruited in Smyth, Nelson, Kanawha, and Tazewell counties.  
 
*Many of the men were recruited in Smyth, Nelson, Kanawha, and Tazewell counties.  

Revision as of 21:35, 30 September 2011

United States Gotoarrow.png  U.S. Military Gotoarrow.png  Virginia Gotoarrow.png   Virginia Military Gotoarrow.png  Virginia in the Civil War Gotoarrow.png 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry

Brief History

  • Organized early in 1862 with nine companies but increased its number to eleven in July.
  • The unit confronted the Federals in western Virginia, fought in East Tennessee then returned to western Virginia.
  • Later it participated in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations and the Appomattox Campaign.
  • This regiment contained 225 effectives in April 1864. However, none were included in the surrender at Appomattox because it had cut through the Federal lines and disbanded.
  • Field officers: Colonels James M. Corns and Walter H. Jenifer; Lieutenant Colonels Thomas P. Bowen, A. F. Cook, Henry Fitzhugh, and Albert G. Jenkins; and Major P. M. Edmondson.[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 (Smyth Dragoons) - many men from Smyth County

Company B (Nelson Rangers) - many men from Nelson County

Company C (Grayson Cavalry) - many men from Grayson County

Company D (1st) (French's Comoany) - many men from Mercer County

Company D (2nd) Gunn's Rangers) - many men from Cabell County

Company E (Border Rangers) - many men from Mercer County

Company F (Bland Rangers) - many men from Bland County

Company G (Mountain Rangers) - many men from several counties of present-day West Virginia, including Monroe and Putnam

Company H (Tazewell Troop) - many men from Mercer and Tazewell Counties

Company  I (Kanawha Rangers) - many men from Fayette and Kanawha counties of present-day West Virginia

Company K (Fairview Rifle Guards) (Sandy Rangers) - many men from Wayne County

Company L (White's Co. of Cavalry) - many men from Greenbrier County

The information above is from 8th Virginia Cavalry, by Jack L. Dickinson.




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.

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).