12th Virginia Cavalry

HISTORY

12th Cavalry Regiment [also called 10th Regiment] was organized at Conrad’s Store, Virginia, in June, 1862, with companies from the 7th Regiment Virginia Cavalry. The unit served in W.E. Jones’, Rosser’s, and J. Dearing’s Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It fought in Northern Virginia, in the Maryland Campaign, at Brandy Station, then was involved in various conflicts in the western part of Virginia. The regiment continued the fight at Bristoe and Mine Run, in the battles around The Wilderness and Cold Harbor, and in Early’s operations in the Shenandoah Valley. During mid-April, 1865, it disbanded. The field officers were Colonel Asher W. Harman, Lieutenant Colonels Richard H. Burks and Thomas B. Massie, and Major John L. Knott.

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

BIBLIOGRAPHY

12th Virginia Cavalry, Virginia Regimental History Series, by Dennis E. Frye, H.E. Howard Publishing, 1988.

The Last Survivor: The Memoirs of George William Watson: a Horse Soldier in the 12th Virginia Cavalry CSA, by George William Watson, Night Hawk Press, 1993.