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Muster In: Organized as the 2nd Mississippi Cavalry Battalion on October 21, 1861.  Renamed the Jeff. Davis Legion in late 1861.1
Muster Out: April 26, 18652

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel J. Frederick Waring
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Major Ivey F. Lewis
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army4

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel J. Frederick Waring5
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel J. Frederick Waring 7
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  • Note: Increased to a regiment by the addition of the three companies of the 4th Alabama Cavalry Battalion and Company D, 20th Georgia Cavalry Battalion by orders issued on July 11, 1864.8
  • Note: The 20th Georgia Cavalry Battalion was broken up in the last week in July 1864.  Companies A, C, and D were placed in what became the 8th Georgia Cavalry.  Companies E, F, and G were made part of the 10th Georgia Cavalry.  Company B was added to the Jeff Davis Legion Cavalry.9

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army10

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel J. Frederick Waring 11
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army12,13

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel J. Frederick Waring14
    • ? (while Waring commanded the brigade)15
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  • Note: Richard Sommers mentions that the 20th Georgia Cavalry Battalion often functioned as a unit with the Jeff Davis Legion Cavalry, but an alternate interpretation is as seen in the offensives above, i.e. that the 20th Georgia Cavalry Battalion had ceased to exist and some of its companies were folded into the Jeff Davis Legion Cavalry.  I’m not sure any source exists which clarifies this confusion entirely.  More research is needed.16

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army17

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel J. Frederick Waring18
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army19,20

  • Commander:
    • Major Ivey F. Lewis (November & December 1864)21,22
    • Colonel Frederick Waring (returned by at least December 8)(December 1864)23
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army24

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  • Note: Butler’s Division was ordered to South Carolina on January 19, 1865.25

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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles26:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Williamsburg Road (October 27, 1864)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Mississippi by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 60-61
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Mississippi by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 60-61
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 123
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 123
    8. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Mississippi by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 60-61
    9. Hopkins, Donald A. The Little Jeff: The Jeff Davis Legion, Cavalry, Army of Northern Virginia. White Mane Books, 1999, p. 223
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
    13. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1310.
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
    16. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1310.
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 159
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 159
    22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
    25. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 1101
    26. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Mississippi by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 60-61

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