2nd US Cavalry Co. A / 9th Virginia Cavalry Co. D

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Special Event: Invasion of the North, 2-4 July 2013

Our group:

The 2nd US Cavalry, Company A/9th Regiment Virginia Cavalry, Company D, is a mounted reenactment and living history group dedicated to accurately portraying US Regular Cavalry and Confederate troopers during the American Civil War. Our members live in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland and participate in battle reenactments, living histories for the National Park Service, and tactical competitions throughout the year. Mounted and dismounted impressions are welcome. See the links below for more information on our unit and our activities.

1865 Presentation Flag, 2nd US Cavalry. Photographed at the US Army Center for Military History

A Brief History
of the
"Old Second"

Formed in 1836 as the 2nd Dragoons; the regiment remains the longest continuous-serving mounted unit in United States history. Early campaigns included the Seminole Indian War in Florida and the Mexican War. The regiment served next in the western territories intervening between European settlers, natives, and bandits. The 2nd Dragoons saw action in Kansas and Utah just prior to 1861.

On August 3, 1861, the unit became the 2nd United States Cavalry. During the American Civil War the regiment served in the "Reserve Cavalry Brigade" in the Army of the Potomac and participated in most major combat engagements of the eastern theater including Bull Run, Peninsula Campaign, Antietam, Brandy Station, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Valley Campaign, etc. The regiment returned West after the conflict where they again engaged in the Indian campaigns through 1890. The 2nd Cavalry saw duty in the Spanish American War and served in France with their horses during World War I. Due to changes in modern warfare the 2nd Cavalry gave up their horses and sabers, and formed a mechanized unit during World War II.

Post World War II, the 2nd Cavalry played an important role providing security and stability in war-torn West Germany. Later, the 2nd Cavalry became the 2nd "Armored" Cavalry and transitioned its mission to one of deterrence in Europe during the Cold War.

More recent operations include: DESERT STORM, UPHOLD DEMOCRACY (Haiti)Bosnia-Herzegovina and IRAQI FREEDOM.

The regiment still serves today as the Second Stryker Cavalry Regiment based in Vilseck, Germany. See the links above for more detail on the regimental history. We feel privileged to portray a part of this most storied regiments history.


The star insignia worn by members of the 9th VA Cavalry, beginning in December 1863. This is a drawing of an original emblem that belonged to Vespasion Chancellor, Co. E (Krick)

A Brief History
of the
9th Virginia Cavalry

The 9th Virginia Cavalry came into existence eight months after Virginia seceded from the Union. The ten companies that made up the regiment were mustered into service promptly after secession and on December 18, 1861, a special order created the 9th Va. Cavalry. The new regiment was posted around Fredericksburg under the command of Colonel John E. Johnson.

The men of the 9th were mostly farmers (53%). Other occupations included physicians, lawyers, mechanics, teachers, merchants, clerks and carpenters. The average age at the time of enlistment was 25 years. The last surviving veteran was F. M. Embrey who died in 1941.

The companies of the 9th were scattered and were assigned various duties during the first year of the war. Several had been attached to infantry regiments to do picket duty or to provide couriers. After regimental organization the companies were still widely scattered. The companies were:

Co. A - Stafford Rangers from Stafford County.
Enlisted April 21, 1861

Co. B - Caroline Light Dragoons. Caroline Co.
Enlisted May 6, 1861 (organized 1859)

Co. C - Lee's Light Horse. Westmoreland Co.
Enlisted May 25, 1861

Co. D - Lancaster Cavalry. Lancaster Co.
Enlisted April 25, 1861

Co. E - Mercer Cavalry. Spotsylvania Co.
Enlisted April 25, 1861 (organized 1859)

Co. F - Essex Light Dragoons. Essex Co.
Enlisted June 10, 1861

Co. G- Lunenburg Light Dragoons. Lunenburg Co.
Enlisted June 7, 1861

Co. H- Lee's Rangers. King William Co.
Enlisted June 10, 1861

Co. I - Potomac Cavalry King George Co.
Enlisted October 12, 1861

Co. K- Richmond County Cavalry. Richmond Co. Enlisted October 24, 1861

"The pageant is past.  The day is over.  But we linger, loath to think we shall see them no more together -- these men, these horses, these colors afield".

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain



A web page of the 2nd US Cavalry, Co. A/9th VA Cavalry Co. D Reenactors.