2nd West Virginia Infantry Regiment

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2nd West Virginia Infantry Regiment
Flag of West Virginia.svg
Flag of West Virginia
ActiveMay 21, 1861, to January 26, 1864
CountryUnited States
AllegianceUnion
BranchInfantry
EngagementsBattle of Cheat Mountain
Battle of McDowell
Battle of Cross Keys
Battle of Cedar Mountain
Battle of Groveton
Second Battle of Bull Run
Battle of Droop Mountain
Commanders
ColonelGeorge R. Latham
Lt. ColonelAlexander Scott

The 2nd West Virginia Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. On May 23, 1863, it was converted to a mounted infantry by Brigadier General William W. Averell. The regiment was immediately sent to a camp for instruction and supplied. In 1864, it was converted to the 5th West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment.

Mustering[edit]

The 2nd West Virginia Infantry Regiment (originally known as the 2nd Virginia) was mustered into Federal service in mid-1861 by companies as follows;

Article in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, November 24, 1862, describing how the regiment came to be formed
  • Company "A" was recruited in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and not accepted by its home state. It moved to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia), and was mustered in on May 21, 1861.
  • Company "B" known as the "Grafton Guards," from Grafton was mustered in on May 25, 1861, at Wheeling. Commanded by Captain George R. Latham.
  • Company "C" from Wheeling was mustered in there on June 1, 1861.
  • Company "D" was recruited in Pittsburgh and not accepted by its home state. It moved to Wheeling and was mustered in on June 14, 1861.
  • Company "E" from Wheeling was mustered in there on June 16, 1861.
  • Company "F" was recruited in Pittsburgh and not accepted by its home state. It moved to Wheeling and was mustered in on June 24, 1861.
  • Company "G" was recruited in Pittsburgh and not accepted by its home state. It moved to Wheeling and was mustered in on June 13, 1861.
  • Company "H" was recruited in Ironton, Ohio, and not accepted by its home state. It moved to Wheeling and was mustered in on June 28, 1861.
  • Company "I" was recruited in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and not accepted by its home state. It moved to Wheeling and was mustered in on July 10, 1861.
  • Company "K" from Parkersburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) was mustered in there on July 21, 1861.

Service[edit]

The regiment was converted to the 5th West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment on January 26, 1864.

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