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2nd Virginia Cavalry Regiment

Overview

The 2nd Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment (aka the 30th Regiment Virginia Volunteers prior to Oct 1861) fought for the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.  It cut through Federal lines at Appomattox and disbanded at Lyncbhurg on April 10, 1865.

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Counties of Recruitment

Members of the 2nd Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment were recruited from the following Virginia counties:

  • Albermarle
  • Amherst
  • Appomattox
  • Bedford
  • Botetourt
  • Campbell
  • Franklin

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Field Officers

  • Colonel Thomas T. Munford
  • Richard C. W. Radford
  • Lieutenant Colonel Cary Breckinridge
  • Lieutenant Colonel James W. Watts
  • Major William F. Graves

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Battles Fought

Brigaded under Generals B.H. Robertson, F. Lee, Wickham, and Munford, the 2nd Cavalry fought battles at First Bull Run, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Petersburg, and Appomattox.

extended listing – organized by year

1861 | 1862 | 1863 | 1864 | 1865

1861


  • 26 Jun – Kelly’s Island, VA
  • 30 Jun – Fairfax County, VA
  • 15 Jul – Fairfax County, VA
  • 17 Jul – Flint Hill, VA
  • 17 Jul – Fairfax County, VA
  • 20 Jul – Georgetown, DC Aquaduct
  • 20 Jul – Vienna, VA
  • 20 Jul – Falls Church, VA
  • 21 Jul – Blackburn’s Ford, VA
  • 21 Jul – 1st Manassas, VA
  • 22 Jul – Fairfax County, VA
  • 10 Sep – Lewinsville, VA
  • 15 Sep – Falls Church, VA
  • 29 Sep – Munson’s Hill,
    Annandale, VA
  • 20 Oct – Hunter’s Mills, VA
  • 25 Oct – Fairfax County, VA
  • 21 Nov – Dranesville, VA

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1862


  • 16 Feb – Purceville, VA
  • 1 Mar – Lovettsville, Loudoun CO, VA
  • 1 Mar – Harper’s Ferry, VA
  • 17 Mar – Kelly’s Ford, VA
  • 23 Mar – Kernstown, VA
  • 11 May – Gaines’ Cross Road, VA
  • 15 May – Flint Hill, VA
  • 21 May – Front Royal, VA
  • 24 May – Newtown, VA
  • 27 May – Martinsburg, WV
  • 30 May – Harper’s Ferry, VA
  • 31 May – Seven Pines, VA
  • 1 Jun – Seven Pines, VA
  • 2 Jun – Winchester, VA
  • 2 Jun – Woodstock, VA
  • 2 Jun – Kernstown, VA
  • 2 Jun – Strasburg, VA
  • 5 Jun – Woodstock, VA
  • 7 Jun – Cross Keys, VA
  • 8 Jun – Cross Keys, VA
  • 30 Jun – Frazier’s Farm, VA
  • 1 Jul – Malvern Hill, VA
  • 4 Jul – Fredericksburg, VA
  • 12 Jul – Culpepper Court House, VA
  • 15 Jul – In The Valley
  • 16 Jul – Orange Court House, VA
  • 17 Jul – Madison County, VA
  • 17 Jul – Jack’s Shop, VA
  • 17 Jul – Front Royal, VA
  • 23 Jul – Anderson’s Station, VA
  • 1 Aug – Warrenton Springs, VA
  • 23 Aug – Warrenton Springs, VA
  • 23 Aug – Catlett’s Station, VA
  • 23 Aug – Bristoe Station, VA
  • 26 Aug – Bristoe Station, VA
  • 30 Aug – 2nd Manassas, VA
  • 31 Aug – 2nd Manassas, VA
  • 1 Sep – Leesburg, VA
  • 2 Sep – Leesburg, VA
  • 8 Sep – Sugar Loaf Mountain, MD
  • 12 Sep – Jefferson’s Gap, MD
  • 13 Sep – Burkettsville, MD
  • 14 Sep – Crampton’s Gap, MD
  • 14 Sep – Burkettsville, MD
  • 15 Sep – Sheperdstown, VA
  • 16 Sep – Crampton’s Gap, MD
  • 17 Sep – Antietam, MD
  • 19 Sep – Sheperdstown, VA
  • 19 Sep – Sharpsburg, MD
  • 19 Sep – Antietam, MD
  • 21 Sep – Leesburg, VA
  • 22 Sep – Leesburg, VA
  • 1 Oct – Shaprsburg, VA
  • 3 Oct – Antietam, MD
  • 4 Oct – Snicker’s Gap, VA
  • 9 Oct – Waterford, VA
  • 9 Oct – Sharpsburg, MD
  • 19 Oct – Fairfax, VA
  • 26 Oct – Shaffersville, MD
  • 28 Oct – Mountsville, VA
  • 5 Nov – Shennandale Springs, VA
  • 5 Nov – Shenandoah Springs, VA
  • 15 Nov – Warrenton Springs, VA
  • 4 Dec – Logan County, VA
  • 27 Dec – Dumfries, VA
  • 28 Dec – Dumfries, VA
  • 29 Dec – Opequan, VA

1863


  • 20 Feb – Coal River, Wyoming Co, VA
  • 23 Feb – Wyoming Co, VA
  • 24 Feb – Stafford County, VA
  • 24 Feb – Hartwood Church, VA
  • 25 Feb – Hartwood Church, VA
  • 25 Feb – Falmouth, VA
  • 2 Mar – Hillsboro, VA
  • 17 Mar – Kelly’s Ford, VA
  • 25 Mar – Boone County, VA
  • 9 Apr – Logan County, VA
  • 9 Apr – Boone County, VA
  • 10 Apr – Boone County, VA
  • 19 Apr – Suffolk, VA
  • 23 Apr – Cabell County, VA
  • 28 Apr – Boone County, VA
  • 29 Apr – Boone County, VA
  • 1 May – Chancellorsville, VA
  • 3 May – Spotsylvania Court House, VA
  • 3 May – Chancellorsville, VA
  • 3 May – Chancellorsville, VA
  • 4 May – Thompson’s Crossroads, VA
  • 4 May – Thompson’s Cross Roads, VA
  • 5 May – Thompson’s Crossroads, VA
  • 9 May – Thompson’s Crossroads, VA
  • 9 May – Pike County, KY
  • 10 May – Pike County, KY
  • 11 May – Minor County, VA
  • 11 May – Cabell County, VA
  • 12 May – Purcellville, VA
  • 15 May – Shepherdstown, VA
  • 17 May – Wyoming Co, VA
  • 17 May – Dranesville, VA
  • 22 May – Kanawha County, VA
  • 23 May – Gaines’ Crossroads, VA
  • 28 May – Kanawha County, VA
  • 3 Jun – Brandy Station, VA
  • 5 Jun – Logan County, VA
  • 9 Jun – Brandy Station, VA
  • 9 Jun – Beverly Ford, VA
  • 10 Jun – Loudoun County, VA
  • 13 Jun – Cabell County, VA
  • 17 Jun – Aldie, VA
  • 22 Jun – Upperville, VA
  • 29 Jun – Rockville, MD
  • 30 Jun – Westminister, MD
  • 1 Jul – Gettysburg, PA
  • 3 Jul – Gettysburg, PA
  • 4 Jul – Pennsylvania
  • 4 Jul – Hospital, Gettysburg, PA
  • 4 Jul – Gettysburg, PA
  • 5 Jul – Logan County, VA
  • 5 Jul – Pennsylvania
  • 5 Jul – Greencastle, PA
  • 5 Jul – Cashtown, PA
  • 5 Jul – Gettysburg, PA
  • 6 Jul – Mercersburg, PA
  • 6 Jul – Gettysburg, PA
  • 8 Jul – Funkstown, MD
  • 8 Jul – Maryland
  • 8 Jul – Boonsboro, MD
  • 8 Jul – Boonesboro, MD
  • 9 Jul – Williamsport, MD
  • 10 Jul – Funkstown, MD
  • 12 Jul – Fauquier County, VA
  • 14 Jul – Purcellville, VA
  • 15 Jul – Amissville, VA
  • 16 Jul – Shepherdstown, VA
  • 18 Jul – Hamilton, VA
  • 30 Jul – Winchester, VA
  • 1 Aug – Brandy Station, VA
  • 2 Aug – Chantilley, VA
  • 18 Aug – Salem, VA
  • 24 Aug – Warrenton Springs, VA
  • 26 Aug – Bristoe Station, VA
  • 7 Sep – Washington County, NC
  • 12 Sep – Morgan County, KY
  • 17 Sep – Banks Ford, VA
  • 18 Sep – Sullivan County, TN
  • 22 Sep – Warrenton, VA
  • 22 Sep – Madison County, VA
  • 23 Sep – Jack’s Shop, VA
  • 11 Oct – Raccoon Ford, VA
  • 11 Oct – Stevensburg, VA
  • 11 Oct – Jack’s Shop, VA
  • 11 Oct – Cunningham’s Ford, VA
  • 11 Oct – Green Co, TN
  • 12 Oct – Brandy Station, VA
  • 16 Oct – Buckland’s Mills, VA
  • 18 Oct – Manassas Junction, VA
  • 19 Oct – Buckland’s Mills, VA
  • 10 Nov – Magoflin Co, KY
  • 12 Nov – Loudoun County, VA
  • 19 Nov – Madison County, VA
  • 19 Nov – Culpeper Court House, VA
  • 21 Nov – Pike County, KY
  • 27 Nov – Raccoon Ford, VA
  • 29 Nov – Mine Run, VA
  • 4 Dec – Cabell County, VA
  • 7 Dec – Waterford, VA
  • 13 Dec – Woodstock, VA
  • 20 Dec – Greenbrier County, VA

1864


  • 11 Jan – Loudoun County, VA
  • 25 Jan – Beverly Ford, VA
  • 2 Feb – Dranesville, VA
  • 22 Feb – Dranesville, VA
  • 23 Feb – Hartwood Church, VA
  • 23 Feb – Frederick Co, VA
  • 26 Feb – Hartwood Church, VA
  • 29 Feb – Standardsville, VA
  • 1 Mar – Standardsville, VA
  • 3 Mar – Standardsville, VA
  • 9 Mar – Suffolk, VA
  • 26 Mar – Roan County, VA
  • 26 Mar – Cabell County, VA
  • 31 Mar – Pikesville, KY
  • 3 Apr – Standardsville, VA
  • 4 May – Spotsylvania Court House, VA
  • 5 May – Todd’s Tavern, VA
  • 5 May – Spotsylvania Court House, VA
  • 6 May – Todd’s Tavern, VA
  • 6 May – Spotsylvania Court House, VA
  • 7 May – Todd’s Tavern, VA
  • 7 May – Spotsylvania Court House, VA
  • 8 May – Todd’s Tavern, VA
  • 8 May – Spotsylvania Court House, VA
  • 8 May – Caroline County, VA
  • 9 May – Mudd Tavern, VA
  • 9 May – Spotsylvania Court House, VA
  • 9 May – Beaver Dam, VA
  • 9 May – Mitchell’s Shop, VA
  • 10 May – Beaver Dam, VA
  • 10 May – Ashland, VA
  • 11 May – Spotsylvania Court House, VA
  • 11 May – Yellow Tavern, VA
  • 11 May – Ashland, VA
  • 12 May – Spotsylvania Court House, VA
  • 12 May – Meadow Bridge, VA
  • 13 May – Pike County, KY
  • 13 May – Cold Harbor, VA
  • 21 May – Meadow Bridge, VA
  • 24 May – Fort Kennon, VA
  • 25 May – Fort Kennon, VA
  • 27 May – Hanovertown, VA
  • 28 May – Hawes’ Shop, VA
  • 28 May – Cold Harbor, VA
  • 30 May – Cold Harbor, VA
  • 31 May – Nance’s Shop, VA
  • 31 May – Cold Harbor, VA
  • 1 Jun – Cold Harbor, VA
  • 2 Jun – Turkey Ridge, VA
  • 2 Jun – Gaines’ Mill, VA
  • 2 Jun – Cold Harbor, VA
  • 3 Jun – Gaines’ Mill, VA
  • 3 Jun – Cold Harbor, VA
  • 10 Jun – Louisa Court House, VA
  • 11 Jun – Trevillian Station, VA
  • 11 Jun – Louisa Court House, VA
  • 11 Jun – Lexington, VA
  • 12 Jun – Trevillian Station, VA
  • 13 Jun – Amherst County, VA
  • 17 Jun – Green Co, KY
  • 18 Jun – Bottom’s Bridge, VA
  • 19 Jun – Liberty, VA
  • 24 Jun – Nance’s Shop, VA
  • 24 Jun – Prince William County, VA
  • 24 Jun – Charles City Road, VA
  • 24 Jun – Hawes’ Shop, VA
  • 25 Jun – White’s Church, VA
  • 25 Jun – Charles City Road, VA
  • 25 Jun – Charles City County, VA
  • 26 Jun – Nance’s Shop, VA
  • 12 Jul – Rockville, MD
  • 15 Jul – Shepherdstown, VA
  • 16 Jul – Shepherdstown, VA
  • 25 Jul – Frederick, MD
  • 28 Jul – Fairfax County, VA
  • 7 Aug – Weldon Railroad, VA
  • 8 Aug – Maryland Heights, MD
  • 10 Aug – Chambersburg, PA
  • 12 Aug – Berryville, VA
  • 15 Aug – Fairfax County, VA
  • 16 Aug – Front Royal, VA
  • 19 Aug – Berryville, VA
  • 20 Aug – Charlestown, VA
  • 20 Aug – Berryville, VA
  • 21 Aug – Front Royal, VA
  • 21 Aug – Berryville, VA
  • 21 Aug – Berry’s Ferry, VA
  • 25 Aug – Shepherdstown, VA
  • 26 Aug – Williamsport, MD
  • 28 Aug – Smithfield, VA
  • 29 Aug – Williamsport, MD
  • 29 Aug – Smithfield, VA
  • 4 Sep – Martinsburg, WV
  • 19 Sep – Winchester, VA
  • 19 Sep – Cedar Creek, VA
  • 20 Sep – Opequan, VA
  • 20 Sep – Front Royal, VA
  • 20 Sep – Cedarville, VA
  • 21 Sep – Front Royal, VA
  • 21 Sep – Luray, VA
  • 21 Sep – Cedar Creek, VA
  • 21 Sep – Fisher’s Hill, VA
  • 22 Sep – Fisher’s Hill, VA
  • 23 Sep – Strasburg, VA
  • 23 Sep – Milford, VA
  • 23 Sep – Berryville, VA
  • 24 Sep – Luray, VA
  • 24 Sep – Front Royal, VA
  • 24 Sep – Berryville, VA
  • 27 Sep – Mt Meridian, VA
  • 28 Sep – Waynesboro, VA
  • 2 Oct – Bridgewater, VA
  • 3 Oct – Mt Jackson, VA
  • 3 Oct – Bridgewater, VA
  • 7 Oct – Bridgewater, VA
  • 8 Oct – Tom’s Brook VA
  • 9 Oct – Strasburg, VA
  • 9 Oct – Tom’s Brook, VA
  • 9 Oct – Cedar Creek, VA
  • 9 Oct – Columbia Furnace, VA
  • 10 Oct – Strasburg, VA
  • 10 Oct – Sperryville, VA
  • 11 Oct – Strasburg, VA
  • 11 Oct – Sperryville, VA
  • 18 Oct – Bridgewater, VA
  • 19 Oct – Strasburg, VA
  • 19 Oct – Cedar Creek, VA
  • 20 Oct – Millwood, VA
  • 20 Oct – Fisher’s Hill, VA
  • 22 Oct – Millwood, VA
  • 29 Oct – Beverly, VA
  • 1 Nov – Newtown, VA
  • 11 Nov – Strasburg, VA
  • 11 Nov – Newtown, VA
  • 11 Nov – Cedar Creek, VA
  • 12 Nov – Newtown, VA
  • 17 Nov – Strasburg, VA
  • 21 Nov – Mt Jackson, VA
  • 22 Nov – Mt Jackson, VA

1865


  • 11 Jan – Beverly, VA
  • 18 Jan – Bermuda Hundred, VA
  • 15 Feb – Beverly Ford, VA
  • 20 Feb – Mechanicsville, VA
  • 21 Feb – Williamsburg, VA
  • 22 Feb – Mechanicsville, VA
  • 2 Mar – Waynesboro, VA
  • 6 Mar – Nelson County, VA
  • 7 Mar – Nelson County, VA
  • 31 Mar – Hatcher’s Run, VA
  • 31 Mar – Five Forks, VA
  • 1 Apr – Petersburg, VA
  • 1 Apr – West Virginia
  • 1 Apr – Five Forks, VA
  • 2 Apr – Five Forks, VA
  • 3 Apr – Namozine Church, VA
  • 3 Apr – Petersburg, VA
  • 3 Apr – Richmond, VA
  • 3 Apr – Amelia Court House, VA
  • 3 Apr – Deep Run, VA
  • 3 Apr – Hospital, Richmond, VA
  • 4 Apr – Aberdeen Creek, VA
  • 5 Apr – Farmville, VA
  • 5 Apr – West Virginia
  • 5 Apr – Boone County, VA
  • 5 Apr – Amelia Court House, VA
  • 6 Apr – Harper’s Farm, VA
  • 6 Apr – High Bridge, VA
  • 6 Apr – Sailor’s Creek, VA
  • 6 Apr – Farmville, VA
  • 6 Apr – Amelia Court House, VA
  • 6 Apr – Burkesville Junction, VA
  • 6 Apr – Burkesville, VA
  • 7 Apr – Ford’s Station, VA
  • 7 Apr – Burkesville Junction, VA
  • 9 Apr – Fort Blakley, AL
  • 9 Apr – Charleston, WV
  • 9 Apr – Appomattox Court House, VA
  • 28 Apr – Richmond, VA

Gettysburg After Battle Report

Report of Major Cary Breckinridge,
Second Virginia Cavalry, of action at Aldie.

The following is text from ‘American Civil War Regiments’, an online database compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA, available through Ancestry.com.

July –, 1863.
Capt.: I make the following report of the part taken by this
regiment in the cavalry action near Aldie, on June 17:
As soon as notified of the advance of the enemy, the regiment was
formed, and moved quickly to the front, the second squadron (sharpshooters
being sent in advance, who immediately, upon arriving on
the field, engaged the enemy, driving their advance back a short distance,
and posting themselves behind a fence, on the left of the
Snicker’s Gap and Aldie pike. This position was held by the sharpshooters
during the action.

As soon as the rest of the regiment arrived on the ground, Col.
Watts was ordered to charge down the road, and drive the enemy
from his position. In this charge, we were met by the enemy, and,
after a sharp fight, succeeded in driving him back under cover of
his dismounted sharpshooters, who were posted in the woods on each
side of the road. The regiment formed quickly, and made a second
charge with the rest of the brigade, driving the enemy some distance.

In leading the second charge, Lieut.-Col. Watts was severely
wounded in the arm, and taken from the field.

The second squadron (Capt.’s [W. F.] Graves and [James]
Breckinridge), sharpshooters, acted with much spirit during this
action, and twice drove the enemy back, with heavy loss.

In the two charges made by this regiment, about 35 prisoners were
brought off, one stand of colors, one guidon, a number of horses,
arms, &c.

The regiment generally behaved well. Among those most conspicuous
for gallantry, I mention Capt. [T. B.] Holland, Company
D; Adjutant [Lomax] Tayloe, Sergt. D. Vandergrift, Company I;
Privates Wade, Company F, and Scruggs, Company K, who captured
and brought off Col. Di Cesnola, Fourth New York.

Very respectfully submitted.

CARY BRECKINRIDGE,
Maj., Comdg. Second Virginia Cavalry.

Capt. J. D. Ferguson,
Assistant Adjutant-Gen., Fitz. Lee’s Brigade.

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