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History of
THE POWHATAN TROOP

The Powhatan Troop was organized two years before the War of Northern Aggression  with the following officers:

     Phillip St-George Cocke, Captain (who during the first year of the war
             was promoted to General)
     Charles Old, First Lieutenant
     Joseph Hobson, Second Lieutenant
     I. Harvie Finney, Third Lieutenent

     This as the first company of Cavalry to volunteer after Virginia seceded from the Union, and was at the first battle of Manassas, as body guard to General Beaureguard.

     On the re-organization of the Confederate Army, the troop was placed in the Fourth Virginia Cavalry Regiment, commanded by General William C. Wickham as Company E.  The brigade was composed of the First, Second, Third and Fourth Cavalry regiment commanded by General Fitz Lee.

     Company E served through the entire war from 1861-1865 and had 177 members, and was at the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox C.H.  The last ration to be issued by the Confederate Army, composed of one ear of raw corn which had to last three days, and could not be parched as the troop was mounted for three' days and nights without sleep.

     By reference to the biography in the record book made by me as historian appointed by the Powhatan Troop Association, the number of members, killed, wounded, and taken prisoner can be ascertained.

     The Powhatan Troop Association obtained a non-stock charter from the legislature soon after the war, and held its annual meeting in August ever since.

     The Association is composed of Veterans, sons of Veterans, and honorary members.

     I as the only living member of the Powhatan Troop and President for life of the Association, I cannot express too highly the deep appreciation of the association of the loyal support and aid that have been rendered by the Daughters of the Confederacy.
                                                 J. Haskins Hobson,
                                                 President
Dated Feby 27, 1930
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