5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)

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Brief History


United States Gotoarrow.png  U.S. Military Gotoarrow.png  Virginia Gotoarrow.png   Virginia Military Gotoarrow.png  Virginia in the Civil War Gotoarrow.png   2nd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry

Brief History

  • Organized in June 1862, using the 2nd Battalion Virginia Cavalry as its nucleus.
  • It was assigned to W. H. R Lee's, F. Lee's, Lomax's, and Payne's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia.
  • On November 9, 1864, it was consolidated with the 15th Virginia Cavalry Regiment and redesignated the 5th Regiment Virginia Cavalry Consolidated.
  • Only 150 men were engaged at Gettysburg and 2 surrendered at Appomattox as most cut through the Federal lines and disbanded.
  • The field officers were Colonels Reuben B. Boston, H. Clay Pate, and Thomas L. Rosser; Lieutenant Colonel James H. Allen; and Majors Beverly B. Douglas, John Eells, Cyrus Harding, Jr., and John W. Puller.[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.

  • The men were from Petersburg and Fairfax, Gloucester, King and Queen, Mathews, Randolph, and James City counties.
  • Company A (Princess Anne Cavalry- Roster
  • Company B (Light Guard or St. Bride's Cavalry) - many men from Norfolk County- Roster
  • Company C (Sussex Light Dragoons) many men from Sussex County- Roster
  • Company D (Petersburg Cavalry or Light Dragoons)  - many men from Petersburg- Roster
  • Company E (The Surry Cavalry) - many men from Surry- Roster
  • Company F (Prince George Cavalry)- Roster
  • Company G ( Nasemond Cavalry)- Roster
  • Company H Southampton Cavalry - many men from Southampton County- Roster
  • Company I (Captain Edward Burroughs)- Roster

The information above is from 5th Virginia Cavalry, by Robert J. Driver, Jr.

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.


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