In the photo above, Field and Staff of the 7th West Virginia Cavalry, circa. 1865

First row, L-R, seated:  Major Edgar B. Blundon, Lt. Thomas H. Burton, Dr. Louis V. Sanford, and Lt. John McCombs.
Second row, L-R: Chaplain Andrew W. Gregg, Lt. Col. John J. Polsley, Col. John Hunt Oley, Major Hedgeman Slack, Lt. John W. Wingfield.
Third row, L-R, standing: Major William Gramm, Dr. James H. Rouse, Dr. Lucius L. Comstock, Captain Jacob M. Rife, Lt. Daniel W. Polsley.

150th Anniversary, Battle of Droop Mountain

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...

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Droop Mountain Memorial Hike

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...

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Grave Marker of Lucien Loeser

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.  [Green-Wood Cemetery, 5th Avenue & 25th Street, Brooklyn, Kings County,...

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New documentary film on Averell’s Raiders

  Jon Averill has recently released a new documentary film, Averell's Raiders and the 35th Star. The film features several prominent historians, including Eric J. Wittenberg, Scott C. Patchan, Dr. David Bard, and Howard R. McManus. It will be...

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Leading Cavalry Historian Lecturing in Charleston, May 21st

UPDATE:  Listen to an interview with Eric Wittenberg on West Virginia Public Radio. Eric Wittenberg, one of the nation’s leading experts on Civil War cavalry, is the guest speaker for the May meeting of the Kanawha Valley Civil War Roundtable. Wittenberg is the...

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Hunter’s Raid film on DVD

The award winning film, Hunter's Raid: The Battle for Lynchburg, is available for purchase on DVD from the Historic Sandusky Foundation.  Click here for more information and to order: The DVD is a 45 minute documentary of Hunter's...

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Soldier’s grave to be moved due to U.S. 35 construction

U.S. 35 Intersects With History By Charles Shumaker, Charleston Gazette Staff writer Photos by Lawrence Pierce [from The Charleston Gazette, December 24, 2006] WINFIELD — Joyce Saunders already had a passion for uncovering her family’s history when she got a phone...

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Private Cager Mitchell’s grave marked by descendant

[adapted from a local newspaper article in Gilbert, West Virginia] Micajah G. "Cager" Mitchell was laid to rest in 1929 on a hill above Elk Creek just north of Verner. The grave of the Civil War veteran was marked by a simple rock until last week, when Cager's...

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Second 7th West Virginia Cavalry Descendants Reunion, 2009

Second 7th West Virginia Cavalry Descendants Reunion, 2009 The second 7th West Virginia Cavalry Descendants Reunion was held on Saturday, July 11th, 2009, at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Culture Center in Charleston, West Virginia....

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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.

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