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2nd West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment
Flag of West Virginia
Active September 1861 to June 30, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Cavalry
Engagements Battle of Cedar Creek
Battle of Five Forks
Battle of Sailor's Creek

The 2nd West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 2nd West Virginia Cavalry was organized at Parkersburg in western Virginia between September and November 1861. The regiment was composed almost entirely of volunteers from Ohio, with 9 companies organized from the counties of Lawrence, Meigs, Jackson, Vinton, Washington and Morgan.[1]

The regiment participated in the Grand Review of the Armies and was mustered out on June 30, 1865.

Out of this unit, came 3 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Private Joseph Kimball, of Company B, received his Medal of Honor for "capturing the flag of the 6th North Carolina Infantry" on 6 April 1865. Private Bernard Shields, of Company E, who "captured the flag of the Washington Artillery" on 8 April 1865 at Appomattox, VA. Major William Kimball whose "distinguised services in raid, where with 20 men, he charged and captured the enemy's camp, 500 strong , without the loss of man or gun" at Sinking Creek, Va on 26 November 1862.


The 2nd West Virginia Cavalry suffered 4 officers and 77 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded in battle and 115 enlisted men dead from disease for a total of 196 fatalities.[1]




  1. Lang, Theodore F. Loyal West Virginia from 1861 to 1865, pg. 181

See also[]

  • West Virginia Units in the Civil War
  • West Virginia in the Civil War