8th Virginia Cavalry Company A Smyth Dragoons - Clifton's Collectibles Genealogy

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Roster of 8th Virginia Cavalry, Company A, CSA

"Smyth Dragoons"

Great Seale of the Confederate States of AmericaSeal of the Commonwealth of Virginia

The 50th Virginia Infantry was organized in July of 1861 and contained ten companies, plus three companies of cavalry. The companies were known respectively  as Capt. John Thompson's Va. Cavalry, later, "Smyth Dragoons" Company A, the "Lee Grays" Company B and the "Nelson Rangers" Company C. This type of arrangement was not unusual in the beginning of the war. The Smyth Dragoons were organized  23 April  1861, in Marion, Smyth County.  The Company enlisted May 27, 1861 for twelve months and reorganized May 13, 1862. As part of part of the 50th Virginia Infantry, the Smyth Dragoons, Company A saw action in the New River Valley in August - September 1861. The Smyth Dragoons were operating under the  leadearship of Lieutenant Colonel Albert G. Jenkins, a future officer in the 8th Virginia Cavalry. The exact organization date of the 8th Cavalry has been lost. In September 1861 Captain John Thompson's Virginia Cavalry, later the "Smyth Dragoons," Company A, 50th Infantry was officially assigned as Co. A., 8th Virginia Cavalry.
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Company A Information

Original Officers:
Wesson 44 calib. bulletJohn H. Thompson, Captain (50th Infantry)
Wesson 44 calib. bulletJohn P. Sheffey, 1st Lt. (50th Infantry) -- Captain (Co., A., 8th Cav.)
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWilham E. Peters, 1st Lt. (50th Infantry) - AAG 7-21-61 (Co., A., 8th Cav.)
Wesson 44 calib. bulletAlphonso F. Cook, 2nd Lt. (50th Infantry) - Lt. Col. (Co., A, 8th Cav.)
Wesson 44 calib. bulletC.W. Venable, 2 Lt. (50th Infantry)
Wesson 44 calib. bulletAndrew F. St. John, 1st Lt., (Co. A., 8th Cav.)
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHezekiah Harmon, 2nd Lt., (Co. A., 8th Cav.)
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWilliam C. Copenhaver, 2nd Lt. (Co., A., 8th Cav.)

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Wesson 44 calib. bulletAdams,W.J., Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletAker, B. F., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletAker, G. W., Pvt., Mntgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletAker, John F., Pvt., Wytheville, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletAker, Thomas Harvey., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletAnderson, J. C., Smyth Co.,VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletAnderson, John W. , Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletAnderson, Wesley, Pvt., Wytheville, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletAngle, Lee, Pvt., Monroe Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletAshlin, G. B., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletBaker, Joel H., Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletBear, David, Pvt., Wythe Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletBell, James O., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletBlackered, Aaron, Pvt., Floyd Court House, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletBuchanan, L. A., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletClifton, B. F., Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCole, A. P., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCook, A. G., Sgt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCook, A. M., Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, A. G., Bvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, Andrew J., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, James Henry, Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, J. P., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, R. N., Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, R. P., Pvt., East TN
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, Stephen Norman., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, Thomas, Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, T. P., Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, Warron M., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, William C., Lt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletCopenhaver, William Edwin, Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletDavis, A. J., Cpl., Wytheville, Va
Wesson 44 calib. bulletDavis, Armistead Franklin, Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletDavis, Defau Tallyrand, Pvt.,
Wesson 44 calib. bulletDavis, P. L., Pvt., Raleigh Co., WV
Wesson 44 calib. bulletDavis, W. G., Pvt., Patrick Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletDavis, William Martin, Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletDillon, J. R.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletDowdy, H., Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletEdwards, William, Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletElgin, John, Pvt., Henry Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletFox, P. F., Pvt., East TN
Wesson 44 calib. bulletFulcher, G. F., Pvt., Henry Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletGilberts, G. W., Pvt., East TN
Wesson 44 calib. bulletGilley, William H., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletGreaver, G. B., Pvt., Wytheville, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletGregory, P. J., Pvt., Camp Rand, Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletGroseclose, Joseph L., Pvt., Monroe Co., WV
Wesson 44 calib. bulletGrubb, John J., Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletGullion, H. F., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHall, John H., Pvt., Monroe Co., WV
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHaller, James F., Cpl., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHancock, C. P., Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHarman, Hezekiah, Lt. Col., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHarman, H. J., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHarman, James H., Pvt., Monroe Co., WV
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHarmon, Jeff, Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHarris, James A., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHayton, Peter, Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHester, John Easter, Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHester, William T., Pvt., Wytheville, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletHill, Joseph M., Sgt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletJackard, H. L., Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletJames, C. M., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletJames, S. J., Bugler, Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletJames, S. P., Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletJames, W. P., Sgt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletJohnson, G. W., Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletJohston, Ferdinand, Pvt., Wytheville, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletJones, John J., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletJones, John L., Pvt., Wytheville, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletKegley, Daniel, Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletKegley, G. C., Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletKegley, Mitchell, Pvt., Henry Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletKegley, T. J., Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletKesner, G. P.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletKillinger, Henry T., Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletKillinger, J. P., Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletKillinger, W. S., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletKitts, Dulaney, Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletLambert, W. J., Pvt., East TN
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMantz, J. P., Pvt., Washington Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMathews, R. W., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMattocks, G. W.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMaupin, L. G., Pvt., Guyandotte, WV
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMcGraden, Robert, Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMcGruder, E. K., Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMeek, William Hobart, Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMiller, M. D., Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMoore, Elbert S., Pvt., Scott Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMoppin, Lindsay G., Pvt., Guyandotte, WV
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMorris, James, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMorris, William, Pvt., Monroe Co., WV
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMorrison, S. L., Pvt., Wythe Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletMotley, S. A., Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletNeal, A. J., Pvt., Wythe Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletNeikirk, J. L., Pvt., Pulaski Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletNickels, Morgan, Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletNuckles, James H., Blacksmith,
Wesson 44 calib. bulletOliver, C. H., Pvt., Franklin Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletPalmer, J. S., Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletPaston, Jerry, Blacksmith, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletPeck, Henry
Wesson 44 calib. bulletPeters, William Elisha, 1st Lt. Col.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletPorter, A. J., Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletPosten, Jeremiah
Wesson 44 calib. bulletPoteet, Isaiah
Wesson 44 calib. bulletRespass, R. F., Pvt., Wytheville, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletRhea, Joseph, Pvt., Monroe Co., WV
Wesson 44 calib. bulletRider, F. W., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletRosenbalm, A. J., Pvt., Wytheville, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletRosenbaum, John, Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletRosenbaum, S. A., Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletRosenbaum, Thomas Marion, Cpl., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSanders, James Garland, Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSaunders, G. W., Pvt., Wytheville, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSaunders, James N., Sgt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletScott, Hugh, Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletScott, James A., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSheffey, John Preston, Capt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletShelton, C. M., Pvt., East TN
Wesson 44 calib. bulletShowalter, William, Pvt., Floyd Courthouse, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSix, Joseph, Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSloan, J. O., Pvt.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSmith, Thomas, Pvt., Wythe Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSmithers, Jacob A.
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSnider, R. B., Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSpracher, John, Pvt., Monroe Co., VA (WVA)
Wesson 44 calib. bulletStewart, Thompson, M., Pvt., Wythe Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSt. John, Andrew F., 1st Lt. Col., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSt. John, C. J., Pvt., Greenbrier Co., VA (WV)
Wesson 44 calib. bulletSt. John, N. C. B., Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletThomas, A. M., Pvt., Monroe Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletThomas, Haynes M., Pvt., Monroe Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletThomas, John L., Pvt., Monroe Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletThompson, John Henry, Capt., Smyth Co., Va
Wesson 44 calib. bulletThompson, Leslie Haynes, Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletThompson, William H., Pvt., Monroe Co., VA (WVA)
Wesson 44 calib. bulletTilson, William V. B., Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletTurner, John S., Pvt., Winchester, VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletTurner, Obediah, Pvt., Monroe Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletUnderwood, John
Wesson 44 calib. bulletVenable, C. W., 1st Sgt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWalker, Daniel, Pvt., Washington Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWalker, Silas, Pvt., Wythe Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWall, Thomas, Pvt., Augusta Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWard, E. H., 1st Sgt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWard, James R., Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWatson, Opie N., Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWhitehead, Francis, Pvt., Roane Co., VA (WVA)
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWilkerson, Samuel, Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWilliams, John F., Pvt., Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWilliams, Robert C., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWilliams, S. M., Pvt., Marion, Smyth Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWilliams, W. J., Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA
Wesson 44 calib. bulletWolf, M. R., Pvt., Montgomery Co., VA

Many of these men were either my (Neale's) ancestors, or represent collateral lines. Regardless of relation, I am honored to call the roll of these brave men who fought for family, property, Virginia, and country, one more time.

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8th Virginia Cavalry Regimental Information

The Virginia 8th Cavalry Regiment was orgainized in early 1862 with nine companies. By July 1862 the companies increased to eleven. Many of the men were recruited in Smyth, Nelson, Kanawah and Tazwell Counties. This unit confronted the Union forces in western Virginia, fought in east Tennessee and then returned to western Virginia. Later, the 8th Cavalry was in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations and the Appomattox Campaign. This regiment contained 225 effectives in April , 1864. No men of the 8th were included in the surender at Appomattox as the unit cut through Union lines and disbanded. The field officers were Colonels James M. Corns and Walter H. Jennifer; Lieutnenant Colonels Thomes P. Bowen, A.F. Cook, Henry Fitzhugh, and Albert Jenkins; and Major P. M. Edmondson. Please reference: Units of the Confederate States Army , by Joseph H. Crute, Jr.

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