37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers) (Confederate)

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United States Gotoarrow.png  U.S. Military Gotoarrow.png  Virginia Gotoarrow.png   Virginia Military Gotoarrow.png  Virginia in the Civil War Gotoarrow.png 37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry

Brief History

  • Organized in August 1862, as Dunn's Partisan Rangers.
  • The battalion contained four companies and in November was changed to regular cavalry.
  • It was assigned to W. E. Jones', McCausland's and W. L. Jackson's Brigade. During April, 1864, it totaled 300 effectives and by June had increased its strength to ten companies.
  • It was involved in various operations in western Virginia and East Tennessee, then saw action in the Shenandoah Valley.
  • The unit disbanded in mid-April, 1865.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ambrose C. Dunn and Major J. R. Claiborne were in command.[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 ( Captains James R. Claiborne and George T. Williams) - many men from Franklin County

Company B (Captain A. C. Earle) - many men from Pickens County, South Carolina

Company C ( Captain William Cabell Reeves Tapscott)

Company D ( Captain Louis W. Bourn) - many men from Grayson and Carroll County, Virginia and Surry County, North Carolina

Company E (Captains Edgar C. Phelps and William C. Dunn)

Company F (Captain Meredith T. Norman) - many men from Surry County

Company G ( Captain Edward T. Bridges) - many men from Fanklin County

Company H (Captain William H. Payne) - many men from Dublin Depot

Company  I  (Captain Ezekiel Young) - many men from Grayson and Carroll County

Company K (Captain Crocket C. Pack) - transferred from Swann's Battalion and included men from Russell and Tazewell County

The information above is from36th and 37th Battalions Virginia Cavalry, by J. L. Scott.

Field & Staff
Company A
Company B
Company C
Company D
Company E
Company F
Company G
Company H
Company I
Company K

Other Sources

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


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