DSC00084Fine Gold Handled Cane of Bartlett Roper, 5th Virginia CavalryDSC00087DSC00090DSC00092DSC00095DSC00100DSC00104DSC00100DSC00104DSC00100DSC00095DSC00092DSC00090DSC00087Fine Gold Handled Cane of Bartlett Roper, 5th Virginia CavalryDSC00084

Fine Gold Handled Cane of Bartlett Roper, 5th Virginia Cavalry




Fine Gold Handled Cane of Bartlett Roper, 5th Virginia Cavalry – This is a beautiful cane, presented to Bartlett Roper, a post-Civil War, successful businessman, in Petersburg, Va. The cane’s shaft is made of a highly polished ebony; the tip appears to be silver, capped with copper; the highly figured, ornate handle is gold-filled and inscribed with the date of presentation – “1909” and the recipient – “Bartlett Roper”. This cane was found in Petersburg, where the Roper family has a long history of successful business ventures. Bartlett Roper was 23 years old when the Civil War broke out, and he immediately enlisted in the 5th Va. Cavalry of the Provisional Confederate Army. After one year’s service, he transferred into Co. B of the 13th Virginia Cavalry; little is known of his service in that latter entity; it is possible that he may have been assigned to local patrols around Petersburg. Regardless, he is listed as having been  paroled in Richmond, in April of 1865.  After the war, Roper became a prominent businessman in Petersburg; he died in 1913 and is interred in Petersburg’s Blandford Cemetery.

 Bartlett Roper

Residence was not listed; 23 years old.  Enlisted on 5/17/1861 at Petersburg, VA as a Private.    On 5/17/1861 he mustered into “D” Co. VA 5th Cavalry  He was transferred out (date not stated)  He was listed as: * On rolls 4/30/1862 (place not stated) (Present) * Paroled 6/15/1865 Richmond, VA   He also had service in: “B” Co. VA 13th Cavalry    Other Information: born 12/27/1837 in Petersburg, VA died 10/11/1913  (Postwar, Merchant Petersburg, VA.)

5th Cavalry Regiment was organized in June, 1862, using the 2nd Battalion Virginia Cavalry as its nucleus. The men were from Petersburg and Fairfax, Gloucester, King and Queen, Mathews, Randolph, and James City counties.

13th Virginia Cavalry


16th Battalion, Virginia Volunteer Cavalry
13th Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment


July 1862–April 9, 1865




Confederate States of America






American Civil War

Disbanded April 9, 1865

The 13th Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment was a cavalry regiment raised in Virginia for service in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. It fought mostly with the Army of Northern Virginia.

Virginia’s 13th Cavalry Regiment was formed in July 1862, using the 16th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry as its nucleus (itself formed from seven companies from the 12-month unit 5th Cavalry, Provisional Confederate Army). The men were from Petersburg and the counties of Southampton, Sussex, Prince George, Surry, and Nansemond. It was the second cavalry unit to bear the designation 13th Regiment, the first having ended its 12-month term of service in the spring of 1862.

It was assigned to W.H.F. Lee’s, Chambliss’, and Beale’ Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia. The unit was active in the conflicts at Fredericksburg, Brandy Station, Upperville, Hanover, Gettysburg, Bristoe, Kelly’s Ford, and Mine Run. Later it participated in The Wilderness Campaign, the defense of Petersburg and Richmond, and the Appomattox operations.

This regiment had 298 men in action in Gettysburg and surrendered on April 9, 1865, with 10 officers and 78 men. The field officers were Colonels John R. Chambliss, Jr. and Jefferson C. Phillips; Lieutenant Colonels Alexander Savage and Thomas H. Upshaw; and Majors Benjamin W. Belsches, Joseph E. Gillette, and Benjamin F. Winfield.


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