19th Virginia Cavalry
19th Virginia Cavalry was formed in April, 1863, using the 3rd Regiment Virginia State Line as its nucleus. It served in Jenkin’s and W.L. Jackson’s Brigade and confronted the Federals in western Virginia. Later the unit took part in the operations in the Shenandoah Valley and disbanded during April, 1865.
Its commanders were Colonel William L. Jackson, Lieutenant Colonel William P. Thompson, and Majors George Downs and Joseph K. Kesler.
[Source: National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
West Virginia counties contributing soldiers: Braxton, Calhoun, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Marion, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt
19th Virginia Cavalry – National Park Service
19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry, Virginia Regimental History Series, by Richard L. Armstrong, H.E. Howard Publishing.
19th Virginia Cavalry, Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia, by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 131-132, entry #221.
19th Virginia Cavalry, A Guide to Virginia’s Military Organizations, 1861-1865, by Lee A. Wallace, Jr., pg. 60.