Created at by adding two companies to the eight companies of the First Virginia Cavalry Battalion under the command of Colonel John E. Johnston, Lieutenant Colonel William H.F. Lee and Major Richard L.T. Beale
The regiment consisted of:
Company A, Stafford Rangers, established May 6th 1861
The regiment was assigned to Cavalry, Aquia District, Army of Northern Virginia.
|April 18||The regiment was reorganized. William H.F. Lee replaced Johnston as colonel. Major Beale was promoted to lieutenant colonel Meriwether Lewis was promoted to major. The 9th Virginia Cavalry was assigned to Stuart’s Cavalry Brigade. It opposed the Federal occupation of Fredericksburg.|
|June 13-15||Stuart’s Ride Around McClellan|
|June 25-July 1||Seven Days Battles|
|July 22-30||Scout in King William, King and Queen, and Gloucester Counties (detachment)|
|July 28||The Cavalry Division of the Army of Northern Virginia was created under the command of Major General James E.B. Stuart. The 9th Virginia Cavalry was assigned to the brigade of Brigadier General Fitzhugh Lee, along with the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Virginia Cavalry and Breathed’s Battery of Horse Artillery.|
|August 28-30||Second Battle of Manassas (Sharpsburg)|
From the War Department marker for F. Lee’s Brigade on the Antietam battlefield:
The 3rd, 4th and 9th Virginia Cavalry of Lee’s Brigade reached the field late in the afternoon of the 15th and took position on the extreme left of the Confederate Army… On the night of the 16th the Brigade was massed near the river in support of the Horse Artillery. The 1st Cavalry, detached on the 10th, rejoined on the morning of the 17th and the Brigade took position on the left of Jackson’s Command, which it assisted in resisting the Union advance. On September 18th and 19th the Brigade covered the withdrawal of the Army of Northern Virginia to the south bank of the Potomac.
|October 3||Colonel W.H.F. Lee was promoted to brigadier general and given command of a newly formed brigade of cavalry in Stuart’s Cavalry Division. The regiment became part of the new brigade. Lieutenant Colonel Beale was promoted to colonel, Major Lewis to lieutenant colonel and Thomas Waller to major.|
|November||Assigned to W.H.F. Lee’s Brigade, Cavalry Division, Army of Northern Virginia|
|December 2||Leed’s Ferry|
|December 27-29||Raid on Dumfries and Fairfax Station|
|April 14-15||Rappahannock Bridge, Kelly’s Ford and Beverly Ford|
The regiment lost 32 casualties. Lieutenant Colonel Lewis was shot in the chest and briefly captured. Captain Charles Robinson of Company C was wounded by a sabre blow to the head and taken prisoner, and Captain Haynes was wounded.
Major Waller was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Samuel A. Swann was promoted to major.
The regiment was commanded by Colonel Richard L.T. Beale. It brought 490 men to the battle and lost 20 casualties.
From the brigade monument on the East Cavalry Field at Gettysburg:
July 3. The Brigade reached here about noon and took an active part in the fight until it ended. Some of the men serving as sharpshooters in the vicinity of the Rummel Barn but most of the Command participating in the charges made by the Cavalry during the afternoon. It left the field after nightfall.
Battle of Williamsport
The regiment lost 22 casualties
|September||Assigned to W.H.F. Lee’s Brigade, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia|
Mine Run Campaign
|April||Assigned to Chambliss’s-Beale’s Brigade, W.H.F. Lee’s Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia|
Battle of North Anna
|September 30||Jones’s Farm|
|October 2||Vaughn Road|
|October||Lieutenant Colonel Waller was promoted to colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Waller was promoted to colonel, Major Samuel A. Swann was promoted to lieutenant colonel, and Robert H. Pratt was promoted to major.|
The regiment surrendered 1 officer and 26 enlisted men.