7th West Virginia Cavalry
Formerly: 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry and 8th [West] Virginia Infantry
Union Army, American Civil War, 1861-1865

About This Site: This web site is maintained for those who have an interest in the history of the 7th West Virginia Cavalry, a Union Army regiment from the Kanawha Valley region of West Virginia. Please note that this is not a re-enactment group.

Please direct your comments and questions to Steve Cunningham, the webmaster of this site, using the Contact form. Mr. Cunningham is currently doing research for a comprehensive history of the regiment for publication. Descendants and others are encouraged to submit photographs, diaries, pension papers, and other documents relating to soldiers of the regiment.


Mound Hill Cemetery, Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio

Mound Hill Cemetery, Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio

At right, Tom Gross and his two sons visit the grave of their ancestor, Rev. Sebert Warden of Co. L, 7th West Virginia Cavalry.  [Youngest, Jacob Warden on left; Eldest, Thomas Winn, on right.]

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Grave of Andrew Jackson Dodson

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James Townsend is a descendant of Pvt. Andrew Jackson Dodson.

James Townsend is a descendant of Pvt. Andrew Jackson Dodson.

At right, descendant James Townsend visits the grave of his ancestor, Private Andrew Jackson Dodson of Co. L, in French Cemetery, Kanawha County, West Virginia.   Private Dodson’s brother, Private James Robert Dodson also of Co. L, is also buried in the same cemetery.

Mr. Townsend has two other ancestors in the 7th West Virginia Cavalry, 1st Lt. Charles W. Angel, and Private John N. Dent of Co. A, who is buried at Andersonville, Georgia.

Visit the 7th West Virginia Cavalry Virtual Cemetery at findagrave.com

If you have information on the grave location of a 7th West Virginia Cavalry soldier, please share using the Contact Form.  Thanks.

 

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Eddie Phillips visits the grave of his great-great-grandfather, James Taylor Jenkins, in Pleasant Mound Cemetery, Dallas County, Texas.

Eddie Phillips visits the grave of his great-great-grandfather, James Taylor Jenkins, in Pleasant Mound Cemetery, Dallas County, Texas.

As part of the ongoing effort to document the grave locations of soldiers of the 7th West Virginia Cavalry, descendant Eddie Phillips recently shared a photo of his visit to his ancestor’s grave in Dallas County, Texas. James Taylor Jenkins was a bugler in Company G.

James Taylor Jenkins grave at Find A Grave….

7th West Virginia Cavalry virtual cemetery at Find A Grave…

This is a “work in progress.”  Many grave locations will be added and linked to Find A Grave over the next few months. If you have information on the grave location of a 7th West Virginia Cavalry soldier, please share using the Contact Form.  Thanks.

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Find A Grave6/6/2015 Announcement: Instead of adding burial information and photos directly into the web site Roster database, I will be transitioning to simply adding a link to the individual soldier’s memorial on the Find A Grave web site.

Link to: 7th West Virginia Cavalry “Virtual Cemetery” at findagrave.com

There are two ways that you can contribute to the burial information project:
1) Contact me with the Find A Grave link to an individual soldier so that I can add it the Roster database.
2) Use the Contact Me form to send the information and photo for a soldier’s grave, and I will add it to the Find A Grave site as well as the Roster database.  Please include the name of the cemetery and its location (city/town, county, state), as well as a photo of the grave marker, if one is available.

I would also like to encourage descendants to use the “Add Flowers” feature on Find A Grave, in order to honor your ancestor, and identify yourself to other descendants.  (You will need to register on the site to use this feature.) 

More information on the Burials page….

 

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Steve Cunningham, regimental historian of the 7th West Virginia Cavalry, will give a lecture on the history of the regiment on two dates in March, 2015.

The lectures are entitled “Loyalty They Always Had: The 7th West Virginia Cavalry in the U.S. Civil War” and will feature Mr. Cunningham’s many years of research on the Union regiment that was raised in the Kanawha Valley region.

First lecture: Tuesday, March 17th, 7pm, at the Dunbar Public Library, for the Kanawha Valley Civil War Roundtable.

Second lecture: Wednesday, March 25th, 7pm, at the Valley Park community center building in Hurricane, as part of the events of Putnam County Civil War Days.

Both lectures are free and open to the public, and will be followed by a brief time for Q&A.

 

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