11th Virginia Cavalry

HISTORY

11th Cavalry Regiment was organized in February, 1863, by consolidating the 17th Battalion Virginia Cavalry, one company from the 24th Battalion Virginia Cavalry, and two companies of the 5th Regiment Virginia Cavalry, and two companies of the 5th Regiment Virginia Cavalry. The unit served in W.R. Jones’, Lomax’s, Rosser’s, and J. Dearing’s Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It was active in the conflicts at Upperville, Fairfield, Bristoe, and Mine Run. Later the regiment participated in The Wilderness Campaign, the defense of Richmond, and Early’s Shenandoah Valley operations. It then disbanded as there were no members of the 11th at Appomattox. The field officers were Colonels Oliver R. Funsten and Lunsford L. Lomax, Lieutenant Colonel Matt D. Ball, and Majors William H. Harness and Edward H. McDonald.

Predecessor unit:
17th Cavalry Battalion [also called 1st Battalion] was organized in June, 1862, with seven companies. The unit was assigned to B.H. Robertson’s and W.E. Jones’ Brigade, and fought in western Virginia and in the Maryland Campaign. During February, 1863, it merged into the 11th Regiment Virginia Cavalry. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver R. Funsten and Major William Patrick were in command.

[Source: National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]

BIBLIOGRAPHY

11th Virginia Cavalry, Virginia Regimental History Series, by R.L. Armstrong, H.E. Howard Publishing.