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.

John Hunt Oley Historical Marker

A new West Virginia state historical marker has been erected in Huntington to honor General John Hunt Oley of the 7th West Virginia Cavalry.   The new marker is located at Heritage Station, on the corner of 11st Street and Veterans Memorial...

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Grave of 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....

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Grave of James Taylor Jenkins, Bugler, Co. G

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....

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Burial Information will be integrated with Find A Grave

6/6/2015 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...

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Two 7th WV Cavalry lectures scheduled for March 2015

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...

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Co. D faced over 400 Confederates in skirmish at Winfield

by Rick Steelhammer for the Charleston Sunday Gazette One hundred fifty years ago today, a force of about 400 Confederate soldiers, riding under the cover of darkness from the Mud River country of southwestern West Virginia, approached the Putnam County town of...

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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 killed or died...

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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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