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Southern Cross of Honor Pvt W.C. Cabaniss Co. A 37th Va. Cav. Bn.
Item #: WR554
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This is a Southern Cross of Honor presented to William C. Cabaniss. The Southern Cross of Honor was created by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and established in 1898. It was bestowed upon Confederate veterans who displayed "Loyal and Honorable service to the South". The medal was first issued in 1900. A search of the Civil War database revealed two Virginia soldier with the last name of Cabaniss, but neither had service with the 37th Virginia Cavalry Battalion. A search of the 37th Virginia Cavalry's roster shows a William C. Cabiniss served with Company A as a Private. The unit was organized in August, 1862 as Dunn's Partisan Rangers. In November of 1862 the battalion had four companies and was changed from Partisan Rangers to regular cavalry. The 37th was made up of men from Franklin, Grayson, Carroll, Russell and Tazewell counties of Virginia and Surry County, North Carolina. These men fought during Jone's and Imboden's West Virginia raid of may and June of 1863. The 37th also saw action at Beverly, West Virginia, White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia, the Siege of Knoxville, Tennessee, Rogersville, Tennessee, Jonesville, Virginia, Piedmont, Virginia, the Lynchburg Virginia Campaign, Monocacy, Virginia, Chambersburg, Moorefield, West Virginia, the 3rd Battle of Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek. This Virginia Cavalry battalion did not surrender, but disbanded in April of 1865. This is another classic example of the different spellings used in Confederate rosters. I can find no further information on Private Cabaniss other than he served with Company A of the 37th Virginia Cavalry Battalion. His Southern Cross is a very nice example, and will go great with your other UCV items.

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