8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)

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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.