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3rd West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, (US Civil War)

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The 3rd West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Active: December, 1861 to June 23, 1865


The 3rd West Virginia Cavalry was organized in western Virginia between December, 1861. Among the later recruits was Fremont, Ohio, dentist Everton Conger, who later in the war led the cavalry that tracked down and killed President Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

The regiment participated in the Grand Review of the Armies and then was mustered out on June 23, 1865.


The 3rd West Virginia Cavalry suffered 6 officers and 40 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded in battle and 136 enlisted men dead from disease for a total of 182 fatalities.


Colonel David Hunter Strother