History of the Fifth West Virginia Cavalry: Formerly the Second Virginia Infantry, and of Battery G, 1st West Virginia Light Artillery

History of the Fifth West Virginia Cavalry: Formerly the Second Virginia Infantry, and of Battery G, 1st West Virginia Light Artillery

by Frank S. Reader


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Originally published in 1890 by the Civil War veterans of the regiment, this new modern version includes the entire original text, 58 images, and an index. The author, Frank S. Reader, a member of Company I, was a newspaper editor and proprietor. His wartime experience as a clerk to both generals Averell and Sigel, as well as his newspaper background, served him well when he was asked by his regimental comrades to write and publish the history of their unit.


Chapter I: Loyal Western Virginia

Chapter II: Organization of the Regiment

Chapter III: Company Histories and Rosters

Chapter IV: The Quartermaster's Department

Chapter V: The Chaplain and His Work

Chapter VI: In Camp At Beverly, 1861

Chapter VII: Relief Of Cheat Mountain

Chapter VIII: In Camp At Elkwater

Chapter IX: Camp At Cheat Mountain Summit

Chapter X: Mountain Department

Chapter XI: The Army Of Virginia

Chapter XII: Return To Western Virginia

Chapter XIII: Fourth Separate Brigade

Chapter XIV: Rocky Gap Expedition

Chapter XV: Droop Mountain

Chapter XVI: The Salem Raid

Chapter XVII: Campaigns Of 1864

Chapter XVIII: Scouting Service

Chapter XIX: Prison Life

Chapter XX: Escape From Prison



Droop Mountain, Pocahontas County, West Virginia

November 6, 1863

On arriving at the foot of the hill where the Confederates were posted, the Second (later the 5th West Virginia Cavalry) passed the Eighth Virginia, leaving them on our left, moving on for the purpose of ascertaining the position of the Third Virginia. Col. Scott was then ordered to begin his advance up the hill toward the enemy's works, which he did through briers, tree tops and obstacles of various kinds...

When our line was within ten or fifteen yards of the crest of the mountain, the enemy opened upon us, and a sheet of flame issued from the mountain top, as the Confederates poured a terrific fire of musketry into the faces of our brave boys. The whole line was then pushed forward with vigor, and never flinched or wavered, but advanced with the tread of veterans and returned the fire with telling effect. The fighting was fierce and terrible, a battle to the death, the musketry fire being very rapid. We had one advantage, that as we advanced up the steep mountain, the fire of the enemy passed over our heads, and thus saved our line from being mowed down. Steadily our men advanced, driving their foe from the breastworks of fence rails, logs and stones, that they had hastily thrown up...

After about two hours of fighting the Second and Third Virginia, with yells and cheers, loud and strong, charged into the jaws of death and fire, and carried the position by storm, driving the enemy like chaff before the wind, who retreated precipitately toward Lewisburg.

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ISBN-13: 9780966453492
Publisher: 35th Star Publishing
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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