Of the original 700 members of the 30th Virginia Volunteer Regiment 50 officers and 502 enlisted men were killed or wounded, 89 died of accidents or disease and 75 were captured. Including later recruits 1,500 men served in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry in the Civil War.
|May 8||Organized at Lynchburg as the 30th Virginia Volunteer Regiment under the command of Colonel Richard C.W. Radford (West Point Class of 1845), Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Taylor Munford, and Major J.S. Langhorne. Recruited in Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell and Franklin counties.
Company A – Clay Dragoons, Captain William R. Terry
|May 11||Company K moved to Manassas Junction, arriving in the evening.|
|May 22||Companies C & D moved to Milford Mills, on Broad Run near Manassas.|
|June 3||Companies A & B moved to Manassas Junction under Captain W.R. Terrry.|
|June||Companies E,F,G,H & I moved to Milford Mills, on Broad Run near Manassas.|
|June 10||Companies A & B arrived at Milford Mills, on Broad Run near Manassas.|
|June 11-15||Companies A & B moved to Centreville.|
|June 15||Company K moved to Payne’s Store near Occoquan.|
|June 16||Company A and part of Company B under Captain Terry moved to Frying Pan Church in Fairfax County on a reconnaissance to the Potomac River.|
Fairfax Court House
Company A and part of Company B continued their reconnaissance to Great Falls, then returned to Dranesville after destroying the railroad station and water tank in Vienna. In the evening they skirmished with Federal forces before returning to Centreville the next morning.
|June 25||Companies C & D moved to Fairfax Court House under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas T. Munford,|
|June 30||Companies E,F,G,H & I moved to Fairfax Court House under the command of Colonel Radford. Company A was at Frying Pan Church, Company B near Centreville, and Company K at Payne’s Store.|
Companies A & I were at Frying Pan Church, Company B near Centreville, Companies C,E,G & H at Camp Radford near Fairfax Court House, Company D at Leesburg, Company F at Farr’s Crossroads, and COmpany K at Camp Scott near Occoquan.
Companies C, G & H withdrew to Mitchell’s Ford on Bull Run, arriving the next morning. Company B withdrew to Lewis’ Ford on Bull Run.
The regiment mustered 676 men and its companies were distributed to several commands.
Lieutenant Colonel Munford pursued the retreating Union troops with three squadrons of cavalry, capturing ten rifled guns and many prisoners. The regiment lost 5 men killed and 4 wounded.
|July 25||Companies A,C,D,G,H & I under Colonel Radford were assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Corps at Camp Vienna in Fairfax County.
Companies B,E,F & K under Lt. Colonel Munford were assigned to the Fourth Brigade, First Corps at Camp Blackford near Centreville.
|October||The regiment was redesignated the 2nd Virginia Cavalry Regiment.|
|October 4||Lafayette W. Meeks of Company H died at Fairfax Court House of typhoid fever. His grave can be seen in the field behind his father’s store at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park.|
|October 20||Hunters Mill|
|February 7||Flint Hill|
|April 10||At Liberty Mills in Orange County|
|April 25||Colonel Radford was dropped in the army reorganization and Lieutenant Colonel Munford was elected colonel. Captain James W. Watts of Company A to lieutenant colonel, and Captain Cary Breckinridge of Company C to major.|
|May 14||Gaines’ Crossroads|
Battle of Cross Keyes
Battle of Port Republic
|August 17||Assigned to Robertson’s Brigade, Cavalry Division, Army of Northern Virginia|
|August 23||Warrenton (Sulfur Springs)|
|August 26||Bristoe Station|
The regiment lost 46 of the 163 men engaged. Colonel Munford received two saber wounds.
|September 5||Monocacy Church|
|September 6||Colonel Munford took command of the brigade as senior colonel when Brigadier General Robertson was transferred to North Carolina. Lieutenant Colonel Richard H. Burks of the 12th Virginia Cavalry, formerly Adjutant of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry, transferred back to the regiment and took command.|
|September 10||Sugar Loaf|
Covered the right flank of the army and the retreat to Boteler’s Ford.
From the marker for Munford’s Brigade on the Antietam battlefield:
The 2nd and 12th Virginia Cavalry reached the field on September 16 and took position on the extreme right of the Army of Northern Virginia, to cover the lower crossing of the Antietam. The 7th Virginia took position, on the evening of the 16th, on the Hagerstown Pike, northwest of Sharpsburg. It joined the Brigade on the right on the 17th. The Brigade remained on the right until the close of the battle.
|October||Lieutenant Colonel Burks returned to the 12th Virginia Cavalry.|
|November||Assigned to Fitzhugh Lee’s Brigade, Cavalry Division, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|December 27||Raid on Dumfries|
|February 25||Hartwood Church|
Battle of Kelly’s Ford
Major Breckinridge was captured.
|April 30-May 6|
|May||Orange Court House|
Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James W. Watts.
Battle of Aldie
Lieutenant Colonel Watts was wounded and disabled from further field sevice.
|June 25||The regiment left Rector’s Crossroads a little after midnight with Stuart on his famous ride. Near Haymark they encountered the supply trains of Hancock’s Union Second Corps and attacked. But infantry were guarding the trains, and Stuart withdrew after a sharp fight. The brigade continued to Gainesville.|
|June 27||Rode to Fairfax Court House. Captured a sutler’s train with escort near Annandale. Crossed the Potomac at Rowser’s Ford during the night.|
|June 28||Reached Rockville, Maryland.|
Rode through Brookesville and Sykesville, where the bridge was burned and the telegraph line destroyed. Continued to Westminster, Maryland, which was reached by late afternoon. Had a sharp fight with two companies of the first Delaware Cavalry. After midnight, the march continued to Union Mills.
After an all-day battle rode north toward Carlisle, reaching Jefferson by dawn.
Rode through York and on to Carlisle. Threatened the town, which was shelled until after midnight. Left for Gettysburg well before dawn.
|July 2||Rode through the day to reach Lee’s army at Gettysburg in the evening, taking up a position on the left flank.|
The regiment had 385 men present for the fight on the Rummel farm east of Gettysburg.
From the monument to F. Lee’s Brigade on the Gettysburg battlefield:
July 3. The Battalion being on duty with Ewell’s Corps the Brigade brought only five regiments to this field where it arrived soon after midday and took position on the left of Hampton’s Brigade on the edge of the neighboring woods. It participated actively in the conflict which ensued.
|September 2||Oak Shade|
|September 9||The cavalry division was expanded to a corps. The regiment was assigned to Wickham’s Brigade, Fitzhugh Lee’s Division, Cavalry Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia.|
|September 14||Raccoon Ford|
|September 22||Jack’s Shop|
|October 19||Buckland Mills|
|February 6-7||Operations on the Rapidan, Morton’s Ford|
|February 28 –
|Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid, Defence of Richmond|
Captain Graves was wounded.
|May 8||Alsop’s Farm, Spotsylvania|
|May 9-24||Sheridan’s Expedition to the James|
|May 9-10||Beaver Dam Station|
Yellow Tavern, Massaponax Court House
Colonel William Cheek was severly wounded.
|May 11||Ground Squirrel Church|
|May 12||Meadow Bridge|
|May 24||Fort Pocahontas|
|March 27-28||Haw’s Dhop|
|May 31-June 12|
Captain Graves was again wounded.
|mid-August||The regiment, with Fitzhugh Lee’s Division, was transferred to the Shenandoah Valley and assigned to Lieutenant General Jubal Early’s Army of the Valley.|
|August 16||Front Royal|
|August 18||Opequon Creek|
|August 21||Major Breckinridge was wounded.|
Fitzhugh Lee was badly wounded and Major General Thomas Rosser took over command of the division.
|September 21||Front Royal|
|October 5||Brigadier General Wickham resigned to take a seat in Congress and Colonel Thomas Munford took over the brigade as senior colonel.|
|November||Colonel Munford was promoted to brigadier general but his rank was never confirmed by congress.|
|December 7||Major Breckinridge was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain William F. Graves of Company F was promoted to major.|
|January||The brigade’s men were disbanded to their homes to forage their mounts through the winter.|
|mid-March||Re-formed and moved to the Richmond area|
|April 3||Namozine Church|
|April 5||Amelia Court House|
Helped destroy a Federal force attempting to burn the bridge over the Appomattox, taking almost 800 prisoners.
The regiment cut through Union lines at Appomattox and escaped. Only 19 men surrendered.
|April 11||Disbanded at Lynchburg|