CONFEDERATE VIRGINIA TROOPS
17th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry
17th Cavalry Regiment was organized at Salem, Virginia, in January, 1863, by
consolidating the 33rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry with three new companies. It was assigned to
Jenkins' and McCausland's Brigade, was active in the Gettysburg Campaign, then returned to
western Virginia. The regiment fought at Cloyd's Mountain, was with Early in the
Shenandoah Valley, and saw action around Appomattox. There were 241 engaged at
Gettysburg and during February, 1864, it contained 311 effectives. In April, 1865, it disbanded at
Lynchburg. The field officers were Colonel William H. French, Lieutenant Colonel William C.
Tavenner, and Major Frederick F. Smith.
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