*Vintage model kit 1861 Sussex Light Dragoon 100mm scale resin figures American Civil War Fine Military Miniatures resin & white metal for the experienced Modeller highly detailed Confederate Soldier Fifth Virginia Cavalry CSA copyright 1994Notes on 1861 Sussex Light Dragoon Fifth Virginia Cavalry(1861-1862)The following is a description of the 5th Virginia Cavalry as it was organized between the 1861 and the Spring of 1862. The “Princess Anne Cavalry” was among the first companies to in what was to become the 5th Virginia Cavalry, (then called the 4th Virginia Cavalry). The troop, Company A, was organized at Princess Anna Court House on April 20, 1861 under Captain John Fentress. Company B was organized in the tidewater Virginia area as the the “Light Guard” or “St. Bride’s Cavalry”, which was formed in St. Bride’s Parish, Norfolk County on April 21, 1861. Captain John E. Doyle was the first commander of this unit.The “Sussex Light Dragoons” were organized in January, 1861. This unit became Company C commanded by Benjamin W. Besches. It was sworn into state service at Sussex Court House on April 22, 1861. The “Petersburg Cavalry” or “Light Dragoons” had been a Virginia militia troop since November 31, 1859 was to become Company D. It entered service with the 5th Cavalry on May 17, 1861 under the command of Captain Christopher F. Fisher. The company of 59 men then rode a train to Suffolk, Virginia where they joined the Southampton and Nasemond troops. Soon after Robert C. McIlwaine was elected Captain due to the suicide of Captain Fisher.