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Fifth West Virginia Cavalry, Company A





Formerly Second (2nd) Virginia Infantry

Recruited in Allegheny and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Washington Rifle Guards
5th WV Regiment Co. A

Company A was organized in Allegheny and Pittsburgh, Pa. by Major Abijah Ferguson, an old Mexican veteran, who being rather feeble for active service, the command devolved upon Captain A.C. Hayes. It was among the first companies organized after the attack upon Fort Sumpter, and immediately tendered its services to Gov. Andrew G. Curtain of Pennsylvania. However, the quota of the state was already filled. The men now became impatient, and in the midst of the excitement of the occasion, the loyal people of Wheeling called for aid, and this company chartered the steamer McCombs and took passage for Wheeling, arriving there on May 10, 1861.

Company A was mustered by Major James Oakes into United States service on May 21, 1861 in Wheeling (West) Virginia. This was the first company of Pennsylvanians that was mustered for three years service, all the troops that were mustered prior to that time, being known as three months men. Company A was mustered out June 14, 1864. Recruits and veterans were transferred to the 6th West Virginia cavalry when the company was mustered out.

RANK             NAMES                          REMARKS
 

Captain     HAYES, Albert C. 	Resigned July 22, 1861.

Captain     OTTO, William 	Promoted from 1st. Sergeant Aug. 24, 1861.  Resigned March 13, 1862.

Captain     HUNTER, John A.	Promoted from 1st. Lieutenant Co. F. March 20, 1862.  Relieved Aug. 1, 1863.

Captain     WEST, Oliver R.	Prom. 2nd. Lieutenant to 1st. Lieutenant March 1, 1862, to Captain Aug. 18, 1863.  Wnd. Alleg'y.Mt.

1st. Lieutenant  SMITH, David L.	Prom. To Captain & C.S. Feb. 17, 1862; to Lieutenant Col. & chief C.S. 5th Army Corps.

1st. Lieutenant  PENTECOST, Alexander J.	Promoted to 1st. Lieutenant and R.Q.M. July 7, 1862.

2nd. Lieutenant  CHAMBERS, A.J.	Promoted to 2nd. Lieutenant Co.D. July 7, 1862.

2nd. Lieutenant  BLACK, James		Promoted to 2nd. Lieutenant March 1, 1862. Relieved May 30, 1863.

2nd. Lieutenant  HUTCHINSON, James R.	Promoted to 2nd. Lieutenant Aug. 18, 1863.  Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.  Prisoner until end of war.

Sergeant    KIRKPATRICK, George H.	Promoted to C.S. July 29, 1861.

Sergeant    GIVEN, George W.

Sergeant    SMITH, Harrison	Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.  Prisoner until end of war.

Sergeant    SINGER, Franklin H.	Wounded Alle'y Mt. Dec. 13, 1861.  Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.    Exchanged.

Sergeant    CAMPBELL, Michael	Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.  Exchanged.

Sergeant    SCOTT, Samuel 

Sergeant    GRAY, Hannam		Discharged for disability March 12, 1863.

Corporal     BREEN, John		Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.  Exchanged. 

Corporal     GRAHAM, William H.	Wounded at Rocky Gap Aug. 26, 1863.

Corporal     BRITCH, Charles		Wounded at 2nd. Bull Run.  Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.  Exchanged.

Corporal     CROCO, Samuel K.	Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.  Exchanged.

Tmr.      RAY, William 

Tmr.      CURTIS, Charles R.	Deserted May 20, 1863.

Blsh.     KINCAID, James	Wounded 2nd. Bull Run.

Priv.     ACKELSON, Benjamin J.	Wounded Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863. Re-enlisted Jan. 5, 1864.

Priv.     ANNIS, Marvin		Died of Consumption Nov. 10, 1863.

Priv.     BAXMEYER, 

Priv.     BOWSER, William	Wounded Beverly April 24, 1863.

Priv.     BRAUN, Fred. H	Captured 2nd. Bull Run. Exchanged.

Priv.     BAILEY, John		Discharged June 20, 1861.

Priv.     BAIRD, Frederick	Discharged June 20, 1861.

Priv.     BARBIN, Amos M	Discharged May 25, 1863.

Priv.     CROCO, Joseph D	Re-enlisted Jan. 5, 1864.

Priv.     COATES, Matthew	Re-enlisted Jan. 5, 1864.

Priv.     CONWAY, James		Wounded Beverly. Wounded 2nd. Bull Run. Died from wounds.

Priv.     CARRIGAN, James	Died in Andersonville prison.

Priv.     CAMPBELL, John 	Wounded Allegheny Mt. Dec. 13, 1861.

Priv.     CAMPBELL, Alexander	Wounded Huntersville.  Died from wounds.

Priv.     DEVER, William              

Priv.     DALZELL, John C.         

Priv.     DIEHL, Casper

Priv.     DICKROGER, Frederick	Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.  Exchanged.

Priv.     DIXON, George		Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.  Exchanged.

Priv.     DEINHART, Harmon	Re-enlisted Jan. 5, 1864.

Priv.     DALY, Patrick		Died of Typhoid Fever June 24, 1861.

Priv.     DONOHUE, Michael	Died of pneumonia May 12, 1863.

Priv.     EICHBAUM, Thomas S.    

Priv.     EICHOLTZ, Conrad    

Priv.     GLISTNER, Adam	Wounded Allegheny Mt. Dec. 13, 1861.  Re-enlisted Jan. 5, 1864.

Priv.     GREEN, Daniel 	Re-enlisted Jan. 5, 1864.

Priv.     HEINE, William		Wounded Cross Keys.  Captured Cheat River.  Died in Andersonville.

Priv.     HEINRICH, Louis	Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.  Exchanged.

Priv.     HAPPOLDT, William          

Priv.     JOHNSTON, John     

Priv.     JONES, William H		Re-enlisted Jan. 5, 1864.

Priv.     KOEHNLEIN, John        

Priv.     KELLY, Patrick

Priv.     KURTZ, Benjamin F	Wounded 2nd Bull Run.  Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.  Exchanged.

Priv.     KIRSCH, Philip	Captured Cheat River Sept. 25, 1863.  Exchanged.

Priv.     KUENZLER, Jacob	Discharged Nov. 4, 1861, disability.

Priv.     KOTLERS, Henry	Discharged Nov. 4, 1862, disability.

Priv.     KELLY, John B		Killed in action, battle of Cross Keys.

Priv.     LANE, Alexander		Discharged June 23, 1861, disability.

Priv.     LLOYD, Jesse		Discharged.

Priv.     LUDAKING   William	Captured Cheat River.  Died in Andersonville prison.

Priv.     MITCHELL Saml.	Discharged Nov.11, 1861, disability.

Priv.     MILLER Enoch C.	Discharged April 17, 1863, disability.

Priv.     MARSHALL, Walter S	Reenlisted Jan. 5, 1864.

Priv.     MILLER, John S	Died Dec.14, 1861, Typhoid Fever.

Priv.     MONINGER, Adam	Transferred to Company D. Aug.1 1863.

Priv.     MORRIS, Robert R.	Discharged by order of Secretary of War.

Priv.     MILLER, Jacob

Priv.     METZ, Louis		Captured Cheat River, Sept.25, 1863; Exchanged.

Priv.     McCLARREN, John	Captured Cheat River, Sept.25, 1863; Exchanged.  

Priv.     McCLEANE, F.H.	Captured Cheat River, Sept.25, 1863; Exchanged.

Priv.     McMANNIS, Hugh	Wounded at Droop Mt., Nov. 6, 1863.

Priv.     McCUEN, David C.	Discharged, March 7, 1863, disability.

Priv.     McCREA, John A.	Re-enlisted Jan. 5, 1864.

Priv.     PYBURN, Richard

Priv.     RUMPLE, Nicholas	Re-enlisted Jan. 5, 1864.

Priv.     ROMISER, Pete		Killed Cheat River, Sept. 25, 1863.

Priv.     ROBEL, Michael	Captured Cheat River.  Died in Andersonville Prison.

Priv.     RAMSEY, John           

Priv.     REYNOLDS, Saml. L	Captured Cheat River, Sept. 25, 1863; Exchanged.

Priv.     STONE, John		Captured Cheat River, Sept. 25, 1863; Exchanged.

Priv.     SWAIN, Thomas H.	Deserted Sept. 25, 1862.

Priv.     STUBBS, Henry            

Priv.     STEVENS, Henry C.

Priv.     SLOAN, James

Priv.     SCHMITZ, Charles	Wounded at Elkwater.

Priv.     SWARTZ, Joseph	Discharged March 7, 1863, disability.

Priv.     STEIDER, Gustave	Killed in action, Allegheny Mt., Dec. 13, 1861.

Priv.     SALADIN, Edward	Captured Cheat River.  Died in Andersonville Prison.

Priv.     SLAYER, Jacob		Killed by bushwhackers.

Priv.     TAYLOR, William S.	Captured Cheat River, Sept. 25, 1863; Exchanged.

Priv.     WILSON, George	Captured Cheat River, Sept. 25, 1863; Exchanged.

Priv      WERNER, Charles	Captured Cheat River, Sept. 25, 1863; Exchanged.

Priv.     WASHINGTON, John	Wounded at Bull Run.  Captain Cheat River, Sept. 25, 1863.  Prisoner until end of war.

Priv.     WAGNER, Henry		Re-enlisted Jan. 5, 1864.

Priv.     WEISENBERGER, S.	Wounded at 2nd. Bull Run.  Died of wounds.

Priv.     WAGNER, Henry		Captured Cheat River. Died in prison at Richmond.

Priv.     WEBSTER, L.H		Captured Cheat River. Died returning from prison.

Priv.     YOUNGSON, W.W.	Re-enlisted Jan. 5, 1864.



Roster Source: "A History of the Fifth West Virginia Cavalry, Formerly the Second Virginia Infantry" by Frank S. Reader, New Brighton, Pa. 1890.Contributed by Glen Dixon



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