CONFEDERATE VIRGINIA TROOPS
3rd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry
3rd Cavalry Regiment was organized with independent companies and entered Confederate
service on July 1, 1861. The regiment was formed with eleven companies, later reduced to ten. It
was also called 2nd Regiment until October. Its members were raised in the counties of
Mecklenburg, Elizabeth City, New Kent, Halifax, Nottoway, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, and Prince
Edward. For a time six companies served in the Department of the Peninsula and four in the
Valley District. Later the unit was assigned to General F. Lee's, Wickham's, and Munford's
Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It fought in many conflicts from Williamsburg to Fredericksburg, then was involved in the
engagements at Kelly's Ford, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Upperville, Gettysburg, Bristoe, Mine Run, The Wilderness, Todd's Tavern, Spotsylvania, Haw's Shop, and Cold Harbor. The 3rd went on to
participate in Early's operations in the Shenandoah Valley and the Appomattox Campaign. It took 210
effectives to Gettysburg, but only 3 surrendered on April 9, 1865. Its commanders were Colonels
Thomas F. Goode, Robert Johnston, and Thomas H. Owen; Lieutenant Colonels William R.
Carter, William M. Feild, and John T. Thornton; and Majors Henry Carrington and Jefferson C.
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