Confederate Regiments & BatteriesVirginia


1862
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 13
Battle of Fredericksburg
December 27-29 Raid on Dumfries and Fairfax Station
1863
April-May
Stoneman’s Raid
June 9
Battle of Brandy Station
June 19 Middleburg
June 30
Battle of Hanover
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment brought 236 men to the field. It was commanded by Colonel James Lucius Davis, who was wounded on July 3.

July 5
Hagerstown

Colonel Davis was captured.

September Assigned to W.H.F. Lee’s Brigade, Fitz Lee’s Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
October
Bristoe Campaign
November-December
Mine Run Campaign
1864
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
May 5-6
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
May 22-26
Battle of North Anna
May 28
Haw’s Shop
June 1-3
Battle of Cold Harbor
June
Siege of Petersburg
June 24
Samaria Church

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.
1865
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.
April 9
Appomattox Court House

The regiment surrendered three officers and 19 enlisted men. Many men from the regiment escaped the surrender, hiding and saving their regimental colors.