Seventh West Virginia Volunteer Infantry

  Service Award

This is the badge of the 7th West Virginia Veterans Association. The trefoil, or cloverleaf, below the red, white and blue ribbon is the symbol for the Second Army Corps, to which the 7th West Virginia belonged.  It is inscribed "7 W. VA. VETERAN ROMNEY to APPOMATTOX."  The horseshoe on top, which contains the inscription "We Have Crossed the Mountains," is the Spottswood award.  It was named after colonial Virginia's Lt. Gov. Alexander Spottswood.  He played an important part in encouraging the settlement of Western Virginia.  

By Frederick W. Hawthorne, Gettysburg: Stories of Men and Monuments as Told by Battlefield Guides   1988), p. 106.

The 7th WV Company A. Reenactors

Is an American Civil War re-enactment unit, dedicated to accurately portraying the life of the typical union soldier. How they lived, fought and survived. Company A, 7th West Virginia Re-enactors is a local group of men, women, and children bound together to educate the public of this period in American history. We accomplish this feat by attending reenactments, parades, and holding seminars training reenactors in the art of military tactics.

The 7th West Virginia Company A. re-enactors take pride in what we do. Our motto is "quality not quantity," as we try to be historically correct to educate the public and ourselves, and not just to " look pretty".  We will answer any questions you may have concerning one of the most rewarding and fun hobbies in the world: Civil War Re-enacting.

Organized in August 1861 with 984 men. They mustered the 7th West Virginia into active service with the Grand Army of the Republic. At Grafton and Wheeling, West Virginia in early 1862. The 7th trained and drilled at Camp Carlise in Wheeling. In September 1862, they ordered that the regiment join the 2nd Corps, 3rd Division of the Army of the Potomac. The 7th West Virginia Regiment participated in more major battles and lost more men than any other Union regiment in the state.

During its term of service, this regiment lost 522 of its 984 brave men. Being the banner regiment of our state. The 7th West Virginia fought gallantly at Romney, West Virginia, Harrison's Landing, Va., Antietam, Md., Fredericksburg, Va., Chancellorsville, Va., Gettysburg, Pa., the Wilderness, Va., and many others including the surrender at Appomattox, Va.

The 7th also participated in the Grand Review in Washington, D.C. after cessation of hostilities.