Confederate Regiments & BatteriesVirginia

“Richardson’s Battalion of Scouts, Guides, and Couriers”

September 24 Originally created as the 13th Virginia Cavalry Battalion with two companies under the command of Major John H. Richardson, formerly colonel of the 47th Virginia Infantry Regiment. It was later increased to four companies. W. Talbot Walke served as 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant and James A. Armistead as Sergeant Major.

Company A: Captain Augustus P. Pifer
Company B; Captain William F. Randolph

Two companies would be added later:
Company C: Captain Samuel B. Brown
Company D: Captain William W. Page

The battalion was attached to General Headquarters of the Army of Northern Virginia as Provost Guard. The battalion would participate in every engagement of the army in which General Lee was present.

December 13
Battle of Fredericksburg
March Company C was added under Captain Samuel Brown. It was attached to General Lee and was said to never camp more than a mile from his headquarters.
May 1-5
Battle of Chancellorsville
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

Captain Pifer of Company A was wounded in the foot and (lightly) in the head.

Bristoe Campaign
November Company D was added under Captain William W. Page.
Mine Run Campaign
February-April The battalion recorded a present for duty strength of 130.
May 5-6
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
May 23-26
Battle of the North Anna
May 31-June 12
Battle of Cold Habor
June 9-March 25
Siege of Petersburg
April 9
Appomattox Court House

The battalion surrendered 1 officer and 80 men.