20th Virginia Cavalry

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20th Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment
Flag of Virginia (1861-1950).png
Flag of Virginia, 1861
Active August 1863 – April 1865
Country Confederacy
Allegiance Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Role Cavalry
Engagements American Civil War: Valley Campaigns of 1864
Disbanded April 1865

The 20th Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment was a cavalry regiment raised in Virginia for service in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. It fought mostly in western Virginia.

Virginia's 20th Cavalry Regiment was organized in August, 1863, and was composed of "North Western Virginians." The unit served in W.L. Jackson's Brigade and confronted the Federals in western Virginia and in the Shenandoah Valley. It disbanded in mid-April, 1865. The field officers were Colonel W.W. Arnett, Lieutenant Colonels Dudley Evans and John B. Lady, and Major Elihu Hutton.

Elihu Hutton, 1860s tintype
Col. Elihu Hutton

In popular culture[edit]

In the science fiction short story, Field Test by Keith Laumer, a newly designed and built artificially intelligent superheavy tank called a Bolo Mark XX Model B is assigned to "the 20th Virginia, a regiment ancient and honorable, with a history dating back to Terra Insula".[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Keith Laumer. "Field Test". Baen eBooks. Retrieved 25 March 2015.