1st West Virginia Cavalry, Civil War
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FIRST REGIMENT W. VA. CAVALRY VOLUNTEERS.
LOYAL WEST VIRGINIA From 1861 to 1865
by Theodore Lang
The Deutch Publishing Co., 1895.
Page 197 - - On the 18th of July, 1861, Company A, 1st West Virginia Cavalry, recruited and mustered in at Morgantown, W. Va., was the first Cavalry organization raised in the State; it was mustered into service as the "Kelley Lancers," J. L. McGee, captain; and at once reported to Gen'l B. F. Kelley, at Grafton, whence it was ordered to New Creek (Keyser), W. Va., and on General Kelley's advance on Romney, took part in that expedition, and together with the Ringgold cavalry charged the enemy's works. This charge was delivered with fine spirit and most satisfactory results, the whole of the enemy's artillery, stores and flags being taken without the loss of a man.
General Kelley, in his official report to the War Department remarks: "I must be pardoned, however in calling the attention of the country to the brilliant charges of the cavalry under Captain Keys and McGee. I venture to say they are unsurpassed by any in the annals of American warfare."*
This advance was soon followed by the surprise of the rebels at Blues Gap; in which the Lancers were again conspicuous, resulting in the capture of a number of prisoners, three pieces of artillery and the entire camp equippage of the enemy, and driving the Rebel forces to the eastern slope of the Alleghanies, thus transfering the field of active operations to the Valley of Virginia.
Captain McGee was promoted to major of the 3d West Virginia Cavalry, October 2, 1861.
*Romney, October 28, 1861, Rebellion record, vol. 5, sec. I, page 380.
Roster of the Field, Staff and Company Officers of the First Regiment West Virginia Cavalry Volunteers, Showing the Alterations and Casualties Therein, from the Date of Original Organization of Said Regiment to the Date of Muster Out, July 8, 1865.
DATE OF COMMISSION NAMES AND RANK CO. REMARKS
Oct. 2, 1861. J. Lowrie McGee, A Promoted to Major, 3d W.Va. Cavalry.
April 2, 1863, Harrison H. Hagans, A
Sept. 25, 1861. Harvey Farrabee, B Promoted to Major.
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