|September 24||Created by expanding the 8th Virginia Cavalry Battalion to a regiment. Commanded by Colonel James Lucius Davis (West Point Class of 1833), Lieutenant Colonel Robert Caskie, and Major William B. Clement. Assigned to Hampton’s Brigade, Cavalry Division, Army of Northern Virginia,|
|October||Stuart’s Second Ride Around McClellan (detachment)|
|November||Assigned to W.H.F. Lee’s Brigade, Cavalry Division, Army of Northern Virginia,|
|December 27-29||Raid on Dumfries and Fairfax Station|
The regiment brought 236 men to the field. It was commanded by Colonel James Lucius Davis, who was wounded on July 3.
Colonel Davis was captured.
|September||Assigned to W.H.F. Lee’s Brigade, Fitz Lee’s Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia|
Mine Run Campaign
|March 10||Colonel Davis was exchanged and returned to the regiment after being imprisoned at Fort McHenry, Johnson’s Island, and Point Lookout.|
|April||Assigned to Chambliss’s-Beale’s Brigade, W.H.F. Lee’s Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia|
Battle of North Anna
Private James Lucius Davis, the colonel’s son, was mortally wounded, shot in the face and neck.
|August 10||Colonel Davis took command of the brigade as senior colonel.|
|October 1||Jones’s Farm|
|October 2||Vaughan Road|
|October 23-November 1||Colonel Davis went on leave.|
|March 10||Colonel Davis resigned because he was expected to exercise brigade command but was not promoted to brigadier general. Although he was Jefferson Davis’ cousin, it apparently had no influence.|
The regiment surrendered three officers and 19 enlisted men. Many men from the regiment escaped the surrender, hiding and saving their regimental colors.