CONFEDERATE VIRGINIA TROOPS
34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles)
34th Cavalry Battalion, formerly the 1st Battalion Virginia Mounted Rifles, was organized
in December, 1862. The unit served in A.G. Jenkins', W.E. Jones', V.A. Witcher's, and B.T.
Johnson's Brigade and first engaged the Federals in western Virginia. It had a force of 172 men
at Gettysburg, returned to
western Virginia, then was involved in operations in East Tennessee. During April, 1864, it
contained 222 effectives, saw action at Piedmont, and served with Early in the
Shenandoah Valley. The 34th disbanded at Lynchburg in April, 1865. Lieutenant Colonel Vinson
A. Witcher, and Majors John A. McFarlane and William Straton were in command.
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