Charles J. Wever served in Company B of the 1st
Virginia Cavalry. (Capt. John Blair Hoge's Co.
B of Berkeley Co.) He was wounded in 1861 and subsequently captured
and held at Camp Chase, Ohio for over two years.
His son, George L. Weaver, served as a Major in the 1st Battalion of the 150th Infantry in WWI.
Charles Wever's Southern Cross of Honor is an excellent condition Crankshaw pinback with ornate two line engraving
Charles J. Wever
Co. B. 1st VA CAV
His son's UDC Cross of Military Service is a Medallic Arts strike numbered 390 & attributes to
Major George L. Weaver, 1st Battalion, 150th Infantry, 42nd Division.
The 1st Virginia Cavalry was organized from prewar militia companies, the 1st Virginia Cavalry consisted initially of 12 companies (A-M) & completed organization July 16, 1861. One of the most famous Confederate cavalry regiments, the 1st Virginia was led by such intrepid leaders as J.E.B. Stuart, Fitzhugh Lee & "Grumble" Jones. The 1st distinguished itself in several actions, including but not limited to, the Shenandoah Valley in 1861, at Bull Run, in Stuart's ride around McClellan, at Catlett's Station, Brandy Station, Kelly's Ford, Gettysburg, the Buckland "Races", Todd's Tavern, Spotsylvania Court House, Yellow Tavern, Cold Harbor, Reams' Station, Front Royal, Winchester, Waynesboro, Five Forks, & Appomattox Court House. The regiment fought in over two hundred battles and skirmishes. From its ranks sprang such renowned cavalry leaders as John S. Mosby, Ridgely Brown and G.W. Dorsey. Despite heavy casualties, the 1st maintained its high morale & Úlan to the bitter end. Escaping at Appomattox Court House the regiment marched on to Lynchburg before disbanding on April 11, 1865.