Confederate Regiments & Batteries > Virginia

Became the 64th Virginia Cavalry Regiment in 1863

The 64th Virginia has one of the lowest death rates due to combat of any Virginia regiment, but one of the highest due to disease as a result of most of the regiment being captured and subjected to Camp Douglas, the notorious Northern prison on the shore of Lake Erie.

October 13 Organized at Abingdon by consolidating the 21st Virginia Infantry Battalion and the 29th Virginia Infantry Battalion under the command of Colonel Campbell Slemp, Lieutenant Colonel Auburn L. Pridemore and Major James B. Richmond. Many of the men served the Confederacy reluctantly and resisted being moved away from local service. Colonel Slemp was eventually cashier for refusing orders which would have moved the regiment away from its homes.
September 1 The regiment was redesignated as the 64th Virginia Cavalry Regiment under the command of Colonel Auburn L. Pridemore. Major Richmond was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Harvey Grey of Company E to major.  It was assigned to Brigadier General Alfred E. Jackson’s Brigade on detached service in East Tennessee.
September 9
Cumberland Gap

Two thirds of the regiment was captured by Burnside’s army as it advanced on Knoxville.

December 31 At Yocum Station. Moved to block the Powell Valley road and the road through Crank’s Gap into Kentucky.
January 3

Helped capture a Federal force of 383 men and three guns under Major Beers. One man from the 64th Virginia froze to death in the saddle in the subzero weather.

April The regiment was recorded as having 268 effectives.
April 20 Less than 50 men remained in the regiment when it disbanded.