7th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Ashby's) (Confederate)

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Brief History

7th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Ashby's) was organized during the late spring of 1861. Ten companies formed the 12th Regiment Virginia Cavalry, seven became the 17th Battalion Virginia Cavalry, one transferred to the 14th Regiment Virginia Cavalry, and one became J.W. Carter's Battery.
Later the regiment was involved in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations and disbanded in mid-April, 1865. None of its members were at Appomattox on April 9. The field officers were Colonels Turner Ashby, Richard H. Dulany, William E. Jones, and A.W. McDonald; Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Marshall; and Majors O.R. Funsten, Daniel C. Harcher, and Samuel B. Myers. [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 (Fauquier Mountain Rangers)

Company B (1st)(Howard Dragoons) - many men from Howard County, Maryland

Company B (2nd) (Letcher Brock's Gap Rifles) - many men from Rockingham County

Company C (Shenandoah Rangers) - many men from Shenandoah County

Company D (Captain Macon Jordan) - many men from Page County

Company E (Bowen's Mounted Rangers) (also called The Front Royal Company)

Company F (Hampshire Riflemen) (also known as New Creek Riflemen) - many men from Hampshire County, Hardy County and Maryland

Company G ( Mason Rangers) - many men from Maryland

Company H (1st) (Brock's Gap Sharpshooters) - many men from Rockingham County

Company  H (2nd) (Captain John C. Shoup) - many men from Rockingham County

Company  I  (Captain E. A. Shands) - many men from Rockingham County

Company K ( Captain William Miller) - many men from Shenandoah County

The information above is from 7th Virginia Cavalry, by Richard L. Armstrong.

Other Sources


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