9th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

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. [1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

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

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • 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, 1861-1865 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.
  • Beale, G. W. (George William). A lieutenant of cavalry in Lee's army. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990), FHL fiche 6082803
  • Beale, R. L. T. (Richard Lee Tuberville). History of the Ninth Virginia cavalry, in the war between the states. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990), FHL fiche 6082804 and (Calgary, Alberta : [Doreen U.W. Lewis], 1992), FHL book 975.5 M2be
  • Brock, R. A. (Robert Alonzo). Miscellaneous papers, 1672-1865, now first printed from the manuscript in the collections of the Virginia Historical Society : comprising charter of the Royal African Co., 1672; report on the Huguenot settlement, 1700; papers of George Gilmer, of "Pen Park," 1775-1778; orderly book of Capt. George Stubblefield, 1776; career of the iron-clad Virginia, 1862; memorial of Johnson's Island, 1862-4; Beale's Cav. Brigrade Parole, 1865. (Richmond [Virginia] : Virginia Historical Society, 1887), FHL book 975.5 H2 Digital and FHL book 975.5 H2cv new ser. v. 6
  • Lewis, John H. Recollections from 1860 to 1865: With Incidents of Camp Life, Descriptions of Battles, the Life of the Southern Soldier, His Hardships and Sufferings, and the Life of a Prisoner of War in the Northern Prisons. Washington, D.C.: Peake & Co., 1895. Digital version at Internet Archive; FHL fiche 6082840 (2 fiche).
  • Moncure, E. C. (Eustace Conway). Reminiscences of the Civil War. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990), FHL fiche 6082805.
  • Royall, William L. (William Lawrence). Some reminiscences. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990), FHL fiche 6082806.
  • Sherrill, Sandra P. The Confederate memorial of Lancaster County, Virginia, erected in 1872 by the Ladies Memorial Society. ([Lancaster, Virginia? : Mary Ball Washington Museum?, 199-?]), FHL book 975.5 A1 no. 317.
  • Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia. New York, NY: Facts on File, 1992- 1995. (Family History Library book 975 M2ss, Ten Volumes.) This gives organization information for each unit and its field officers, assignments, and battles. It also lists sources further reading. Volume 5 is for Virginia.
  • Wallace, Lee A. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations, 1861-1865. Lynchburg, Virginia: H. E. Howard, 1986. (Family History Library book 975.5 M2vr, Volume 29.) This gives brief historical sketches of each regiment and lists officers, company names, and commanders.

References[edit | edit source]

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