9th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
9th Cavalry Regiment completed its organization at Portsmouth, Virginia, in July, 1861. Its members were from Portsmouth and the counties of Roanoke, Chesterfield, Isle of Wight, Nansemond, Lunenburg, Dinwiddie, and Norfolk. Many were captured at Five Forks and Sayler's Creek, and surrendered 2 officers and 37 men on April 9, 1865. Its field officers were Colonels David J. Godwin, James J. Phillips, and Francis H. Smith; Lieutenant Colonels James S. Gilliam, John T.L. Preston, and William J. Richardson; and Majors Stapleton Crutchfield, Makr B. Hardin, and John C. Owens. 
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 (Stafford Rangers) -many men from Stafford County
Company B (Caroline Light Dragoons) - many men from Caroline County
Company C (Lee's Light Horse) - many men from Westmoreland County
Company D (Lancaster Cavalry: - many men from Lancaster County
Company E (Mercer Cavalry) - many men from Spotsylvania County
Company F ( Essex Light Dragoons) - many men from Essex County
Company G ( Lunenburg Light Dragoons) - many men from Lunenburg County
Company H (Lee's Rangers) - many men from King William County
Company I (Potomac Cavalry) - many men from King George County
Company K (Richmond County Cavalry) - many men from Richmond County
The information above is from 9th Virginia Cavalry by Robert K. Krick
- 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).
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