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Muster In: Organized by the assignment of two companies from the 5th Virginia Cavalry to the eight companies of the 17th Virginia Cavalry Battalion on February 5, 1863 per S. O. #36, Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel Oliver R. Funsten, Sr.
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Lieutenant Colonel Mottrom D. Ball
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Major Edward H. McDonald
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Lieutenant Colonel Thomas B. Massie (of the 12th VA, temporarily)
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Rosser’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

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

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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Rosser’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army5

  • Commander: Colonel Oliver R. Funsten, Sr.6
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Rosser’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army7

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Oliver R. Funsten, Sr.8
    • Major Edward H. McDonald (at least August 25, 1864)9
    • Note: Major Edward H. McDonald led the dismounted men of this regiment in August 1864.10
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Rosser’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army11

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Oliver R. Funsten, Sr.12
    • Major Edward H. McDonald13
    • Lieutenant Colonel Thomas B. Massie (of the 12th VA, commanding both regiments temporarily)14
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  • Note: Rosser’s Brigade was ordered to the Shenandoah Valley in late September before the two-pronged Fifth Offensive commenced and set off for the Valley on September 27, 1864.15

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not at the Siege of Petersburg.16,17

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not at the Siege of Petersburg.18

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not at the Siege of Petersburg.19

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Dearing’s (Rosser’s Old) Brigade | Rosser’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army20,21

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Mottrom D. Ball (March & April 1-2, 1865)22,23
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  • Note: When did Rosser’s Division return?  Dearing moved to take over a brigade below in late February, so late February is a possible arrival date.  More research is needed.

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles24:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Hampton-Rosser Cattle Raid (September 16, 1864)
  • Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)

Bibliography:

Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

Sources:

  1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 119-120
  2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 119-120
  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., page 123
  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 132
  8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
  9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
  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 140
  12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
  13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
  14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
  15. McDonald, William N.  A History of the Laurel Brigade.  Baltimore: Sun Job Printing Office, 1907, page 299.
  16. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 119-120
  17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 151
  18. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 119-120
  19. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 119-120
  20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 196
  21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 205
  22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 196
  23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 205
  24. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 119-120

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