Hand color tinted photo of John S. Green, Colonel 6th Virginia Volunteer Calvary 1865
The 6th 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 with the Army of Northern Virginia.
Virginia’s 6th Cavalry completed its organization in November, 1861, at Manassas, Virginia. Men of this unit were raised in Loudoun, Rappahannock, Clarke, Rockingham, Pittsylvania, Fairfax, Halifax, Fauquier, and Orange counties.
The unit served in Robertson’s, “Grumble” Jones’, Lomax’s, and Payne’s Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It fought in Jackson’s Valley Campaign and in the conflicts at Second Bull Run, Brandy Station, Upperville, Fairfield, Bristoe, Mine Run, The Wilderness, Todd’s Tavern, Spotsylvania, Haw’s Shop, and Cold Harbor. The regiment went on to take part in Early’s Shenandoah Valley operations and the Appomattox Campaign.
Only 3 men surrendered on April 9, 1865, as most of the cavalry cut through the Federal lines and later disbanded. The field officers were Colonels Charles W. Field, Thomas Flournoy, John S. Green, and Julien Harrison; Lieutenant Colonels J. Grattan Cabell and Daniel T. Richards; and Majors Cabell E. Flournoy and Daniel A. Grimsley.
Commanding officer Thomas Flournoy had been a United States Congressman as well as an unsuccessful candidate from the American Party for Virginia governor.
Company A was known as both the Loudoun Dragoons and The Dulany Troop, and Company K was known as the Loudoun Cavalry. Company I was known as the Orange Rangers.