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John McClelland

Residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 9/1/1862 at Richmond, VA as a Chaplain.
On 9/1/1862 he mustered into Field & Staff VA 3rd Cavalry
He Resigned on 6/18/1863
(Resigned due to health and family)
[American CW Research Database]

Chaplain John McClellan, appointed to the 3rd Virginia Cavalry October 1, 1862 to take rank September 1, 1862, resigned June 18, 1863, his file contains a document dated May 30, 1863 in which he "Resigns his commission on account of his own ill health & the condition of his family," there are a number of endorsements on this cover sheet which I cannot read w/o a hard copy, he claims he was feeble before entry into the army which has worsened in the service, also, his army salary is insufficient for the support of his family. [National Archives Compiled Service Records]

There are 10 cards in his Compiled Service Record File which you may obtain through a service provided by this Message Board which you will most likely need to verify his service in obtaining a VA tombstone. See the advertisement at the top of this page.

If you are a relative, these records will certainly be of value.

George Martin

3rd Cavalry Regiment was organized with independent companies and entered Confederate service on July 1, 1861. The regiment was formed with eleven companies, later reduced to ten. It was also called 2nd Regiment until October. Its members were raised in the counties of Mecklenburg, Elizabeth City, New Kent, Halifax, Nottoway, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, and Prince Edward. For a time six companies served in the Department of the Peninsula and four in the Valley District. Later the unit was assigned to General F. Lee's, Wickham's, and Munford's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It fought in many conflicts from Williamsburg to Fredericksburg, then was involved in the engagements at Kelly's Ford, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Upperville, Gettysburg, Bristoe, Mine Run, The Wilderness, Todd's Tavern, Spotsylvania, Haw's Shop, and Cold Harbor. The 3rd went on to participate in Early's operations in the Shenandoah Valley and the Appomattox Campaign. It took 210 effectives to Gettysburg, but only 3 surrendered on April 9, 1865. Its commanders were Colonels Thomas F. Goode, Robert Johnston, and Thomas H. Owen; Lieutenant Colonels William R. Carter, William M. Feild, and John T. Thornton; and Majors Henry Carrington and Jefferson C. Phillips

Battles & Engagements [During his service]

Antietam (September 17, 1862)
Mountville, Virginia (October 31, 1862)
Corbin's Crossroads, near Amissville, Virginia (November 10, 1862)
Fredericksburg (December 13, 1862)
Raid on Dumfries and Fairfax Station (December 27-29, 1862)
Hartwood Church (February 25, 1863)
Kelly's Ford (March 17, 1863)
Chancellorsville (May 1-4, 1863)
Brandy Station (June 9, 1863)
Aldie (June 17, 1863)
Middleburg (June 19, 1863)
Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863)

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