James Alexander Swan
Residence was not listed; 24 years old.
Enlisted on 8/23/1863 at Orange County, VA as a Private.
On 8/23/1863 he mustered into "A" Co. VA 39th Battn Cavalry
He was Surrendered on 4/9/1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA
(Surrendered with horse and equipment)
He was listed as:
* On rolls 8/31/1863 (place not stated) (Present)
* Detailed 11/15/1863 Quartermaster Department (As Blacksmith with Captain Hamilton)
born 3/8/1839 in Brandy Station, VA
died 5/20/1925 in Madison County, VA
(Resident of Brandy, VA in 1913.)
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- The Virginia Regimental Histories Series
Battalion served as Provost Guard, Army of Northern Virginia
James A. Swan enlisted as a Private in Company A, 39th Battalion Virginia Cavalry (Richardson's Battalion of Scouts, Guides & Couriers, 13th Battalion Virginia Cavalry) August 23, 1863 at Orange Court House, Virginia, detailed on extra duty with Capt. E. J. Hamilton A. Q. M. as a Blacksmith from December 1863, paroled at Appomattox C. H., Virginia April 9, 1865 with 1 horse & equipments
The 39th Battalion Virginia Cavalry consisted of four companies, A to D, which had been organized on various dates from August 18,1863 to January 26, 1864. It was also known as the 13th Battalion Virginian Cavalry and as Richardson's Battalion of Scouts, Guides and Couriers
39th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry
39th Cavalry Battalion [also called Richardson's Battalion of Scouts, Guides, and Couriers] was organized with two companies, later increased to four. It was attached to General Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia, and served as General R.E. Lee's personal cavalry command. The unit participated in every engagement at which General Lee was present from Fredericksburg to Appomattox. On April 9, 1865, it contained 1 officer and 80 men. Major John H. Richardson was in command.
See also: Driver, Robert J., Jr., & Ruffner, Kevin C. 1st Battalion Virginia Infantry, 39th Battalion Virginia
Cavalry, 24th Battalion Virginia Partisan Rangers. Lynchburg, VA: Howard, 1996. pp. 51-79 &130-58.