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Army of the Potomac

Private W W Wilburn, 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company I

Private W W Wilburn, 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company I

Thirtieth Virginia Cavalry

Arrived at Milford Mills, on Broad Run, four and a half miles west of Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, between 11 May and 25 June, 1861. Mustered in Confederate service for one year dated 1 July, 1861. Stationed on the Bull Run River 21 July, 1861. Redesignated Second Virginia Cavalry after the first battle of Manassas

COLONEL R C W RADFORD
Captain R C W Radford, Radford Rangers, was appointed colonel, cavalry, Provisional Army of Virginia, at Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 8 May, 1861.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL T T MUNFORD
T T Munford was appointed lieutenant colonel, Provisional Army of Virginia, at Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 8 May, 1861.

MAJOR J S LANGHORNE
Captain J S Langhorne, 2nd Virginia Cavalry, Company B, was appointed major, 2nd Virginia Cavalry, on 21 August, 1861.

Company A Clay Troop or Dragoons: CAPT. W R TERRY
The company was accepted in state service at Liberty, Beford County, Virginia, on 11 May, 1861, and mustered in state service for one year at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, by Lieutenant Colonel D A Langhorne, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 13 May, 1861.

Assignment: Terry's Squadron Cavalry, Evans' Demi Brigade, Army of the Potomac, Captain W R Terry, Clay Dragoons (See Terry's Squadron Cavalry).

Company B Wise Troop: CAPT. J S LANGHORNE
The company was accepted in state service at Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year, under the command of Captain R C W Radford, at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, by Lieutenant Colonel D A Langhorne, Provisional Army of Virginia, the same day. Captain R C W Radford and First Lieutenant J S Langhorne, Wise Troop, were appointed colonel, 30th Virginia Cavalry, and captain, 30th Virginia cavalry, Company B, on 8 May, 1861, and Captain J S Langhorne was appointed major, 30th Virginia Cavalry, on 21 August, 1861. First Lieutenant C M Blackford, 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company B, was appointed captain on 27 August, 1861.

Assignment: Hale's Squadron Cavalry, Fifth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, Captain G W B Hale, Franklin Rangers (See Hale's Squadron Cavalry).

Company C Botetourt Dragoons: CAPT. A L PITZER
The company was accepted in state service at Fincastle, Botetourt County, Virginia, on 17 May, 1861, and was ordered to Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 17 May, 1861. The company arrived at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 18 May, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year by Lieutenant Colonel D A Langhorne, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 20 May, 1861. Captain A L Pitzer, 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company C, suffered an accidental gunshot wound on 23 June, 1861, and First Lieutenant C Breckenridge, 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company B, was assigned to command the company during the first battle of Manassas on 21 July, 1861.

Assignment: Radford's Squadron Cavalry, First Brigade, Army of the Potomac, Colonel R C W Radford, 30th Virginia Cavalry (See Radford's Squadron Cavalry).

Company D Franklin Rangers: CAPT. G W B HALE
The company was accepted in state service Halesford, Franklin County, Virginia, on 20 May, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, by Lieutenant Colonel D A Langhorne, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 22 May, 1861.

Assignment: Hale's Squadron Cavalry, Fifth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, Captain G W B Hale, Franklin Rangers (See Hale's Squadron Cavalry).

Company E Amherst Mounted Rangers: CAPT. E WHITEHEAD
The company was accepted in state service at Amherst Courthouse, Amherst County, Virginia, on 12 May, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, by Lieutenant Colonel D A Langhorne, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 29 May, 1861.

Assignment: Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, Brigadier General J Longstreet, Confederate States Army (See the Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac).

Company F Bedford Southside Dragoons: CAPT. J WILSON
The company was accepted in state service at Davis Mills, Bedford County, Virginia, on 28 May, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, by Lieutenant Colonel D A Langhorne, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 31 May, 1861.

Assignment: Jenifer's Battalion Cavalry, Second Brigade, Army of the Potomac, Lieutenant Colonel W H Jenifer, Provisional Army of Virginia (See Jenifer's Battalion Cavalry).

Company G Radford Rangers: CAPT. E W RADFORD
The company was accepted in state service at Forest Station, on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad, Bedford County, Virginia, on 28 May, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, by Lieutenant Colonel D A Langhorne, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 29 May, 1861.

Assignment: Radford's Squadron Cavalry, First Brigade, Army of the Potomac, Colonel R C W Radford, 30th Virginia Cavalry (See Radford's Squadron Cavalry).

Company H Appomattox Rangers: CAPT. J W FLOOD
The company was accepted in state service at Appomattox Courthouse, Appomattox County, Virginia, on 24 May, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, by Lieutenant Colonel D A Langhorne, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 3 June, 1861.

Assignment: Third Brigade, Army of the Potomac, Brigadier General D R Jones, Confederate States Army (See the Third Brigade, Army of the Potomac).

Company I Campbell Rangers: CAPT. J D ALEXANDER
The company was accepted in state service at Campbell County, Virginia, on 8 June, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, by Lieutenant Colonel D A Langhorne, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 14 June, 1861.

Assignment: Terry's Squadron Cavalry, Evans' Demi Brigade, Army of the Potomac, Captain W R Terry, Clay Dragoons (See Terry's Squadron Cavalry).

Company K Albemarle Light Horse: CAPT. E DAVIS
The company was accepted in state service at Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia, on 11 May, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year at Camp Henry, C George's, northwest of Culpeper Courthouse, Culpeper County, Virginia, by Lieutenant Colonel J B Strange, 19th Virginia Infantry, on 13 May, 1861 (See the 19th Virginia Infantry).

Assignment: Reserve Brigade, Army of the Potomac, Captain J Scott, Confederate States Army (See the Reserve Brigade, Army of the Potomac).

Sources

"Mr. Goode, of Bedford, yesterday, by authority, tendered to the Executive the services of the Clay Dragoons, Capt. Terry, the Bedford Light Artillery, Capt. Jordan, and the Old Dominion Rifles, Capt. Bowyer. They were all accepted."

The Richmond Enquirer (Semi-weekly Edition), 18 April, 1861 - Bedford County

"The Wise Dragoons, of Fauquier, (Capt. John A. Adams), have been quartered here for nearly three weeks."

The Alexandria Gazette, 20 May, 1861 - Occoquan, Va., 15 May, 1861

"Tomorrow the Botetourt Dragoons, Capt. Pitzer, leave for Lynchburg."

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, 20 May 1861 - Affairs in Virginia

"The Wise Troop, of this city, together with several other cavalry corps, are encamped just outside of the city."

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, 21 May, 1861 - From Lynchburg: Lynchburg, Va., 20 May, 1861

"The Wise Dragoons, Captain Adams' company, from Fairfax county, who have been stationed near Occoquan, voted unanimously for secession."

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, 27 May, 1861

"This company arrived here yesterday evening. They are a fine looking body of men, commanded by Capt. Edgar Whitehead and number 70. They are uniformed and armed with double barreled shot guns and revolvers, and are to be attached to Col. Radford's regiment of mounted rangers."

The Richmond Enquirer (Semi-weekly Edition), 28 May, 1861 - Amherst Mounted Rangers

"Our company returned from Occoquan on Friday before the great fight and were immediately sent to meet General Holmes' Brigade, which was advancing from Fredericksburg."

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, 29 July, 1861 - The pursuit at Manassas

Books/ Manuscripts

The Virginia Regimental Histories Series: Second Virginia Cavalry, First Edition, No.990 of 1000, by R J Driver, Jr. & H E Howard

Reminiscences of a Confederate soldier of Co. C, 2nd Va. Cavalry, by R H Peck

Supplement to the Official Records: Part II, Record of Events, Volume 69, Serial No.81: Record of events for the Second Virginia Cavalry, May 1861-August 1864, edited by James B Hewett

A guide to Virginia military organisations 1861-1865, Revised Second Edition by I A Wallace, Jr.

Lee's last casualty: The life and letters of Sgt. Robert W Parker, Second Virginia Cavalry, by Robert W Parker

Letters from Lee's army: Memoirs of life in and out of the army in Virginia during the War between the States, by Susan Leigh Blackford and Charles Minor Blackford, III

Confederate engineer: Training and campaigning with John Morris Wampler, by George G Kundahl

Lieutenant General Jubal Anderson Early C.S.A., Autobiographical sketch and narratve of the War Between the States, with notes by Jubal Anderson Early

A place called Appomattox, by William Marvel

Bull Run remembers, by Joseph M Hanson

Notes

The 30th Virginia Cavalry was organised at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 25 May, 1861.

Mustered in one year, Camp Henry, C George's, northwest of Culpeper Courthouse, Culpeper County, & Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, 13, 20, 22, 29, & 31 May & 3 & 14 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company K, was mustered in state service for one year at Camp Henry, C George's, northwest of Culpeper Courthouse, Culpeper County, Virginia, by Lieutenant Colonel J B Strange, 19th Virginia Infantry, on 13 May, 1861; Companies A and B, for one year at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, by Lieutenant Colonel D A Langhorne, Provisional Army of Virginia, on 13 May, 1861; Company C for one year on 20 May, 1861; Company D for one year on 22 May, 1861; Companies E and G for one year on 29 May, 1861; Company F for one year on 31 May, 1861; Company H for one year on 3 June, 1861; and Company I for one year on 14 June, 1861.

Note: Captain R C W Radford, Wise Troop, was appointed colonel, 30th Virginia Cavalry, on 8 May, 1861, and was ordered to Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 9 May, 1861. Colonel R C W Radford, 30th Virginia Cavalry, was assigned to take charge of the companies of cavalry mustered and to be mustered in state service at Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 17 May, 1861.

Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, 17 May, 1861: Lieutenant Colonel J A Early, Provisional Army of Virginia, was appointed colonel, 24th Virginia Infantry, on 2 May, 1861, and was ordered to Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 6 May, 1861. Colonel J A Early, 24th Virginia Infantry, was assigned to command Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 17 May, 1861 (See the 24th Virginia Infantry).

Note: Lieutenant Colonel D A Langhorne, Provisiobal Army of Virginia, was assigned to command Camp Davis, a quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 19 June, 1861.

Charlottesville, Albemarle County, to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, Company K, 11 May, 1861: The Albemarle Light Horse was ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 11 May, 1861, and arrived at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, in the evening the same day.

A quarter of a mile southwest of College Hill, Lynchburg, to Milford Mills, on Broad Run, four & a half miles west of Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, Companies A & B, 3-10 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies A and B, were ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, under the command of Captain W R Terry, 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company A, on 3 June, 1861, and arrived at Milford Mills, on Broad Run, four and a half miles west of Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 10 June, 1861.

General Orders No.25, Headquarters, Virginia Forces, Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, 8 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry was assigned to the Confederate States by General Orders No.25, Headquarters, Virginia Forces, Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, on 8 June, 1861, and was accepted in Confederate service on 1 July, 1861.

Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, Company K, 9 June, 1861: The Powhatan Troop and the Albemarle Light Horse, under the command of Captain J F Lay, Powhatan Troop, were assigned to Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.14, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 9 June, 1861.

Milford Mills, on Broad Run, four & a half miles west of Manassas Junction, Prince William County, to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, Companies A & B, 11 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies A and B, were ordered to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.22, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 11 June, 1861.

Special Orders No.192, Paragraph IV, Headquarters, Virginia Forces, Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, 14 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies C, D, E, F, G, H, and I, under the command of Colonel R C W Radford, were ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.192, Paragraph IV, Headquarters, Virginia Forces, Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, on 14 June, 1861.

Manassas Junction, Prince William County, to Payne's Store, one mile west of Occoquan, Prince William County, Virginia, Company K, 15-16 June, 1861: The Albermarle Light Horse was ordered to Payne's Store, one mile west of Occoquan, Prince William County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.37, Paragraph I, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 15 June, 1861, and arrived via Bacon Race Church, one male northeast of Maple Valley, Prince William County, Virginia, on 16 June, 1861.

Fairgrounds, on Fifth Street, two miles west of Lynchburg, to Milford Mills, on Broad Run, four & a half miles west of Manassas Junction, Virginia, Companies C & D, 17-21 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies C and D, were ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, in the morning on 17 June, 1861, and arrived at Milford Mills, on Broad Run, four and a half miles west of Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, in the evening the same day.

Fairgrounds, on Fifth Street, two miles west of Lynchburg, to Millford Mills, on Broad Run, four & a half miles west of Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, Companies E, F, G, H, & I, 23-25 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies E, F, G, H, and I, under the command of Colonel R C W Radford, were ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 7.30 AM on 23 June, 1861, and arrived at Milford Mills, on Broad Run, four and a half miles west of Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 6 PM on 25 June, 1861.

Centreville to Frying Pan Church, on the old Ox Road, Fairfax County, Virginia, Companies A & B, 16 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company A, and a detachment of the 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company B, were ordered to Frying Pan Church, on the old Ox Road, Fairfax County, Virginia, under the command of Captain W R Terry, 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company A, in the morning on 16 June, 1861, and were accompanied by a section of the Alexandria Artillery (See the Alexandria Artillery).

Note: The 1st South Carolina Infantry, the Chesterfield Light Dragoons, Company B, and a detachment of the Hanover Light Dragoons, under the command of Colonel M Gregg, 1st South Carolina Infantry, arrived at Frying Pan Church, on the old Ox Road, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the afternoon on 16 June, 1861.

Frying Pan Church, on the old Ox Road, to Dranesville, Fairfax County, Virginia, Companies A & B, 16 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company A, and a detachment of the 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company B, arrived at Dranesville, Fairfax County, Virginia, under the command of Colonel M Gregg, 1st South Carolina Infantry, in the evening on 16 June, 1861.

Skirmish on the Hampshire, Loudoun & Alexandria Railroad, in the vicinity of Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia, Companies A & B, 17 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company A, and a detachment of the 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company B, were ordered to Hunter's Mills, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 17 June, 1861, and arrived at Vienna Fairfax County, Virginia, at 4 PM the same day. Company A and a detachment of Company B, were engaged in a skirmish on the Hampshire, Loudoun & Alexandria Railroad, in the vicinity of Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia, between 6 and 8 PM on 17 June, 1861 (See the Vienna Expedition).

Note: Ay(e)rs Hill, Fairfax County, Virginia, was renamed Vienna by Dr W Hendrick in 1855 and Colonel M Gregg, 1st South Carolina Infantry, was ordered on a reconnaissance to Seneca Creek, on the Potomac River, Montgomery County, Maryland, in the morning on 17 June, 1861.

Vienna to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, Companies A & B, 17-18 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company A, and a detachment of the 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company B, were ordered to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the evening on 17 June, 1861, and arrived via Flint Hill, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the morning on 18 June, 1861.

Milford Mills, on Broad Run, four & a half miles west of Manassas Junction, Prince William County, to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, Companies C & D, 24 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies C and D, were ordered to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel T T Munford, by Special Orders No.62, Paragraph I, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 24 June, 1861, dated 23 June, 1861.

Note: The Albermarle Light Horse was assigned to the 30th Virginia Cavalry by Special Orders No.68, Paragraph II, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 26 June, 1861.

Centreville to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, Companies C & D, 29 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies C and D, arrived at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the evening on 29 June, 1861.

Milford Mills, on Broad Run, four & a half miles west of Manassas Junction, Prince William County, to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, Companies E, F, G, H, & I, 30 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies E, F, G, H, and I, were ordered to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, under the command of Colonel R C W Radford, by Special Orders No.74, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 6 AM on 30 June, 1861, and arrived at Camp Radford, Fairfax Courthouse via Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 5 PM the same day.

Distribution, 30th Virginia Cavalry, 30 June, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company A, was stationed at Frying Pan Church, on the old Ox Road, Fairfax County, Virginia; Company B at Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia; Companies C, D, E, F, G, H, and I, at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia; and Company K at Payne's Store, one mile west of Occoquan, Prince William County, Virginia, on 30 June, 1861.

Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, to Centreville, Virginia, Company I, 1 July, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company I, was ordered to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the morning on 1 July, 1861.

Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, to Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, Company D, 1-2 July, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company D, was ordered to Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, on 1 July, 1861, and arrived on 2 July, 1861.

Centreville to Frying Pan Church, on the old Ox Road, Fairfax County, Virginia, 2 July, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company I, was ordered to Frying Pan Church, on the old Ox Road, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the morning on 2 July 1861.

Distribution, 30th Virginia Cavalry, 17 July, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies A and I, were stationed at Frying Pan Church, on the old Ox Road, Fairfax County, Virginia; Company B in the vicinity of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia; Company D at Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia; Companies C, E, G, and H at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia; Company F at Fairfax Station and W Farr's Crossroads, one and a quarter miles south of Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia; and Company K at Camp Scott, Davis' House, in the vicinity of Payne's Store, one mile west of Occoquan, Prince Wiliam County, Virginia, on 17 July, 1861.

Withdrawal to Mitchell's & Lewis' Fords, on the Bull Run River, 17-18 July, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company H, under the command of Captain W C Wickham, Hanover Light Dragoons, was ordered to withdraw to Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, via Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, under the command of Colonel J B Kershaw, 2nd South Carolina Infantry, at 8.30 AM on 17 July, 1861, and was accompanied by the 2nd South Carolina Infantry, the Hanover Light Dragoons, and the Alexandria Artillery. Company H arrived at Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, in the morning on 18 July, 1861. The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies C and G, were ordered to withdrew to Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, via Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel T T Munford, at 8.30 AM on 17 July, 1861, and were accompanied by the 7th South Carolina Infantry and the Richmond Howitzer Battalion Artillery, 1st Company. Companies C and G arrived at Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, in the morning on 18 July, 1861. The Chesterfield Light Dragoons, Company B, the Black Horse Troop, and the Fairfax Cavalry were ordered to withdraw to Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, via Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, under the command of Colonel R C W Radford, in the morning on 18 July, 1861, and were accompanied by the 3rd South Carolina Infantry and the 18th Virginia Infantry. Colonel R C W Radford, 30th Virginia Cavalry, arrived at Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, in the morning on 18 July, 1861, and was assigned to command the cavalry of the Army of the Potomac during the first battle of Manassas on 21 July, 1861. The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company B, was ordered to withdraw to Lewis' Ford, on the Bull Run River, under the command of Colonel P St G Cocke, 19th Virginia Infantry, in the morning on 17 July, 1861.

Payne's Store, one mile west of Occoquan, to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, Company K, 18 July, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company K, under the command of Captain J Scott, cavalry, Confederate States Army, was ordered to Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, at 8 PM on 18 July, 1861, and arrived at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, in the evening the same day (See the Reserve Brigade, Army of the Potomac).

Manassas Junction to Dumfries & J J Wilcoxen's Farm, in the vicinity of the intersection of Union Mills & Hooe's Hill Roads, , Prince William County, Virginia, Company K, 19-20 July, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company K, under the command of Captain J Scott, cavalry, Confederate States Army, was ordered to Dumfries via Brentsville, Prince William County, Virginia, on 19 July, 1861, and arrived at Camp Wigfall, J J Wilcoxen's Farm, in the vicinity of the intersection of Union Mills and Hooe's Hill Roads, Prince William County, Virginia, in the morning on 20 July, 1861 (See the Reserve Brigade, Army of the Potomac).

Note: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company K, was assigned to Brigadier General T H Holmes, Confederate States Army, at Dumfries Prince William County, Virginia, in the evening on 19 July, 1861, and was assigned as a reserve to the Second Brigade, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Brigadier General R S Ewell, at Union Mills Ford, on the Bull Run River, on 21 July, 1861 (See the Second Brigade, Army of the Potomac).

Distribution of 30th Virginia Cavvalry, 21 July, 1861: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies A and I, under the command of Captain W R Terry, 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company A, were stationed at the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River; Companies B and D, under the command of Captain G W B Hale, 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company D, in the vicinity of the Henry House, on Henry Hill, half a mile east of Groveton, Prince William County, Virginia; Companies C and G, under the command of Colonel R C W Radford, 30th Virginia Cavalry, in the rear between Island and Mitchell's Fords, on the Bull Run River; Company E at Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River; Company F, under Lieutenant Colonel W H Jenifer, Provisional Army of Virginia, at Union Mills Ford, on the Bull Run River; Company H, at McLean's Ford, on the Bull Run River; and Company K, under the command of Captain J Scott, cavalry, Confederate States Army, at Camp Wigfall, J J Wilcoxen's Farm, in the vicinity of the intersection of Union Mills and Hooe's Hill Roads, Prince William County, Virginia, on 21 July, 1861.

Note: The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company D, was ordered to Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.154 1/2, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 23 July, 1861, and arrived at Camp Berkeley, on the south bank of Goose Creek, Ball's Mill, five miles north of Gum Spring, Loudoun County, Virginia, in the evening on 25 July, 1861.

Reorganised at Liberty Mills, Orange County, Virginia, on 10 April, 1862: The 2nd Virginia Cavalry was reorganised at Liberty Mills, Orange County, Virginia, on 10 April, 1862.

Disbanded at Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, 11 April, 1865: The 2nd Virginia Cavalry was disbanded at Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, on 11 April, 1865.

The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies A, C, G, and H, and the Hanover Light Dragoons and the Washington('s) Home Guards or Fairfax Cavalry were assigned to the First Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Colonel R C W Radford, 30th Virginia Cavalry, by Special Orders No.169, Paragraph III, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 25 July, 1861, and were stationed at Camp Vienna, in the vicinity of Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 1 August, 1861.

The 30th Virginia Cavalry, Companies B, E, F, and I, were assigned to the Fourth Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel T T Munford, 30th Virginia Cavalry, by Special Orders No.169, Paragraph III, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Prince William County, Virginia, on 25 July, 1861, and were stationed at Camp Blackford, Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 28 July, 1861.

Reports

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.72: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, pp457-458
Colonel R C W Radford, Thirtieth Virginia Cavalry, of operations of Cavalry Brigade, 17 to 20 July, 1861, dated Camp Gregg, in the vicinity of Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia, 27 July, 1861

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.92: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, pp532-533
Colonel R C W Radford, Thirtieth Virginia Cavalry, dated Camp Vienna, in the vicinity of Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia, 1 August, 1861

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.106: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, pp552-553
Captain J S Langhorne, Thirtieth Virginia Cavalry, dated in the vicinity of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, 25 July, 1861

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.112: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, p562
Captain W R Terry, Thirtieth Virginia Cavalry, dated 23 July, 1861

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.114: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, pp564–565
Captain J D Alexander, Thirtieth Virginia Cavalry, in the vicinity of the Stone Bridge, on the Bull River, (?) July, 1861

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.124: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, p573
Captain E Whitehead, Thirtieth Virginia Cavalry, of pursuit, 22 July, 1861, dated in the vicinity of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, 28 July, 1861

Orders of Battle

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