Steve Cunningham, regimental historian of the 7th West Virginia Cavalry, will be presenting a lecture entitled “Loyalty They Always Had: The 7th West Virginia in the U.S. Civil War” for the West Virginia State Archives Lecture Series.
The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Archives Library at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston, West Virginia, at 6pm on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
Raised and organized in the Kanawha Valley in 1861, the 7th West Virginia Cavalry (previously the 8th Virginia Infantry and 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry) served during the U.S. Civil War in numerous battles, campaigns, and raids including the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862, Cross Keys, 2nd Bull Run, White Sulphur Springs, Droop Mountain, the Salem Raid, Cloyds Mountain, and the Lynchburg Campaign. At war’s end, they facilitated the paroling of more than 5,000 returning Confederate soldiers to the Kanawha Valley region. Cunningham will share from his research for his upcoming book on the unit, entitled Loyalty They Always Had: The 7th West Virginia Cavalry in the U.S. Civil War.
Steve Cunningham has been conducting research on the 7th West Virginia Cavalry for about 20 years, maintains an active Web site about the 7th, and has hosted several events for descendants of the unit. He is a past president of Kanawha Valley Civil War Roundtable, where he was involved in the organization of the centennial rededication of the West Virginia monuments at Gettysburg, and co-authored the book,Their Deeds Are Their Monuments: West Virginia at Gettysburg. He also is the author or co-author of several articles on the Civil War, including “The 1st West Virginia Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign” for the scholarly journal Civil War Regiments. He was a contributor to the West Virginia Encyclopedia and has contributed research to several other authors’ books.
Cunningham created and maintains the Web site West Virginia in the Civil War, which receives 75,000 visitors each year, and is president and owner of 35th Star Publishing, which specializes in non-fiction titles on West Virginia history and culture. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Tech, and a master’s of business administration from the Marshall University Graduate College. He resides in Charleston and is employed by Charleston Area Medical Center.
For more information on this event, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, at Bobby.L.Taylor@wv.gov or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163.
West Virginia soldiers who were casualties of the 1864 Lynchburg Campaign will be honored during 150th anniversary events in Lynchburg, Virginia. Four of those soldiers served in the 7th West Virginia Cavalry.
Pvt. Valentine Alexander, Co. G
Sgt. Patterson Ballard, Co. B
Pvt. William A. Green, Co. I
Sgt. Abner Monk, Co. B
On Sunday afternoon, June 15th, there will be a marker dedication at 2pm at Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, honoring the fallen West Virginia soldiers buried there in unmarked graves. The event is sponsored by the Taylor-Wilson Camp #10 of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. The public is invited to attend.
Many other events and activities are scheduled during the week of June 13-21, 2014. For more information on the Lynchburg Sesquicentennial, contact Kevin Shroyer, chairman of the Lynchburg Sesquicentennial Committee.
For more information on the Lynchburg Campaign, visit huntersraid.org.
November 6, 2013, marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Droop Mountain. Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park Superintendent Michael Smith did a great job in organizing a wonderful ceremony to dedicate a new monument to the soldiers killed or died of wounds during the battle. Speakers included my good friends Terry Lowry, author of Last Sleep: The Battle of Droop Mountain, and Richard A. Wolfe, representing the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. I had the honor of reading the names of the fallen soldiers of the West Virginia Mounted Infantry units.
For more information, visit www.droopmountainbattlefield.com.
Charleston Gazette Newspaper coverage of the event: http://www.wvgazette.com/topStories/201311090049
8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry Memorial Hike, Droop Mountain Battlefield, near Hillsboro, West Virginia, August 31, 2013.
Our hike began just south of Hillsboro and followed the route that the 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry took in attacking the entrenched Confederate position on top of Droop Mountain on November 6, 1863. The regiment lost 3 men killed, and 8 wounded in the attack.
Special thanks to Mike Smith, Park Ranger at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, for organizing the 4.15 mile hike.
After several years of searching, I was finally able to secure an image of the grave marker for Colonel Lucien Loeser. He is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
Special thanks to Jeff Richman, cemetery historian, for his assistance!
Jeff is also leading an initiative to change the federal government’s policy on obtaining markers for Civil War soldiers. Read about it here: www.marktheirgraves.org and be sure to sign the petition.