In 1998 a group of individuals decided to split off from
a Union Cavalry group, the 3rd
(3rd Penn) and form up a Confederate Cavalry unit.
Among this group was Dan Rike and his brother's, not sure if one or
two of his brothers were involved. There
were about 5 or 6 members who originally formed the 14th.
The 14th unit was picked because the 3rd Penns
alternate ego was the 7th Virginia Cavalry and when the 14th
was organized by the Confederate Congress in April of 1862 some of the 7th
went to the 14th.
The organizers created our By-Laws that outlined our unit structure, it called
for a Board of Directors Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and
Treasurer. It spelled out our
Officer Core as Commanding Officer (CO), Executive Officer (XO), 1st
Sgt, and Corporal(s). The CO and
XO were positions independent of Rank. When
we started we had enough members for a 2nd Lt as the highest rank!
So our 2nd LT was the CO, and we only had a Sergeant not a 1st
Sgt but he also acted as XO. As we
grew we were able to promote to a Captain, 1st LT, and 1st
There was some startup pains and when I joined in December of 1999, 5 of us
met at a the Blue Grouse in Ellensburg, Dan, Alan, Slim & Billie Rankin,
and myself, my family thought I was crazy and let me go on my own!
After my reporting how much fun I was having and the great group of
people we had my family soon joined! Yes
they still think I am a little
In 2002 or 2003 the 3rd Pen dissolved as a unit, thus we no longer
have a Federal Cavalry in the WCWA.
In 2004 we were incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization under the name 14th
Virginia Cavalry, due to the great work of our Chairman, Barb!
Over the years we grew, and lost a few members, but we did grow!
We have always been a unit that the WCWA respected and looked up too.
We seemed to galvanize a lot at events, so for the 2005 season we
under our alter ego the 1st US Cavalry.
We did this to show support to the Federal side and hopefully recruit
enough people so that we could field both a Blue and Gray units.
In 2006 we reorganized the corporate name as Washington Cavalry Association.
Now at the end of the 2006 season it was decided to allow the 14th
to be re-activated and allow the 1st US Cavalry to be a separate
unit. The current members of the
want to be autonomous and decided to separate from the Washington Cavalry
2007 season will be a great year with both the1st US Cavalry and the 14th
Virginia Cavalry on the field, it has been a long time since we have had both
sides equally represented on the field of honor!
Past Membership of the 14th Virginia Cavalry: