This project was inspired by David L. Aeberli, a descendant of Andrew B. Porter, Company "B" of the 1st West Virginia Cavalry. David has a vast Civil War collection and is sharing all that is relevant to this regiment. He also commissioned the drawing of the facsimile of Andrew Porter that appears on the "cover" of this site.
My husband's gr-gr-grandfather, Alexander Hoback, was killed in action while serving in the 1st Cavalry, thus adding to my personal interest in this regiment.
The objective is to provide some history of the First West Virginia Cavalry - but even more about the soldiers who served so valliantly in the Civil War. More than a thousand men comprised the companies that were formed in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
YOU can participate by providing transcribed pension/military files, photos, biographies and "Descendants of" genealogy files. If you have an ancestor (or other relative) who served in the 1st Cavalry, please help with this project by sharing what you have. If you have not obtained the pension/military file, please consider doing so!
If you do NOT have a relative from this regiment, you can "ADOPT A SOLDIER," meaning that you can order and transcribe a pension/military file and do some fundamental research on the soldier.
Inevitably, there will be CONFLICTS and CONTRADICTIONS in and among the various files - - some are already apparent. Every effort will be made to present the best information possible.
I hope you will enjoy this presentation - - and I welcome your participation.
Linda Cunningham Fluharty