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22ND REGIMENT OF VIRGINIA CAVALRY, CSA

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REGIMENTAL STATISTICS

The statistics on this page are from Jeff Weaver's 22ND Virginia Cavalry
Copyright  1991, H.E. Howard, Inc. and Jeffrey C. Weaver
 

 
"My time is swiftly rolling on
When I must faint and die;
My body to the dust return
And there forgotten lie..."
Fom an Appalachian folk tune

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Casualties in any Confederate unit can only be estimated as record keeping was not standardized and most after action battle reports were written days or sometimes weeks later. Numbers of killed, wounded , and captured are at best figures which are guesses in most situations. Below are the “official” figures of the 22ND Virginia Cavalry, for its period of service.

KILLED IN ACTION: 16(Quite possibly 38)

DIED IN CAPTIVITY: 20

WOUNDED IN ACTION: 40

MISSING IN ACTION(Presumed KIA) : 22(per CSA record)(No Federal record of capture)

POW: 119

***DESERTIONS:   

Prior to Sept., 63------8

Oct.-Dec., 1863--------5

Jan.-Mar., 1864-------21

Apr.-June, 1864-------28

July-Sept., 1864----21

Oct.-Dec., 1864----123

Jan.-April, 1865----12

Unknown Dates:----21

TOTAL KNOWN: 239     ESTIMATED: 350

*** Some deserters were returned to the regiment under arrest. Some men deserted more than once. Desertion is defined as being absent from one's unit for more than 30 days without proper authority, or if there was reason to believe that the person who was absent had no intention of returning to duty regardless of the period of absence. Since four companies of this regiment have no muster rolls taken after October 31,1864, it is more likely that total desertions were, in actuality, close to 350. Many men of the 22nd Cavalry were listed as deserters for the period October to December 1864.

Prisoners Of War

Statistics on the prison camps where soldiers from the 22ND Virginia Cavalry were incarcerated. Number held, exchanged, and percentage who died.

Camp Chase, Ohio: 43 held there. 20 were exchanged before war’s end. 12 died while at Camp Chase. Death rate of 28%.

Camp Douglas, Illinois: 3 held

Elmira, New York: 4 held. 1 exchanged. 3 died. Death rate of 75%.

Fort Delaware, Delaware: 5 held. 1 died. Death rate 20%.

Fort McHenry, Maryland: 5 held. 3 exchanged.

Johnson’s Island, Ohio: 1 held.

Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D.C.: 1 held.

Point Lookout, Maryland: 29 held. 12 exchanged. 3 died. Death rate of 11%.

Rock Island, Illinois: 2 held. 1 died. Death rate of 50%

Wheeling, West Virginia: 2 held.

York, Pennsylvania: 1 held.

Total held in captivity: 96

Exchanged: 36

Died: 20

Death rate while in captivity: 20%

Other statistics

Captured and released on oath: 4

Reported MIA by CSA but no US record: 22 (Probably Killed In Action)

Joined U.S. Army: 6

Desertions: 239. Most in the winter of 1864-65.